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Green Berets: Letter About Semi-Automatic Weapons Goes Viral

A group of more than 1,000 Green Berets penned a nearly 3,000-word letter about Second Amendment rights. The letter details why the elite military unit members feel all Americans should be concerned about preserving the right to bear arms. The letter at least partially on semi-automatic weapons.

The Green Berets’ was initially posted on the Professional Soldiers website, but went viral after being republished on a multitude of websites. According to, the Professional Soldiers website is a forum run by retired Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Jeff Hinton.

An excerpt from the letter Green Berets wrote about the Second Amendment reads:

“Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society.”

One of the points made in the gun rights letter states there is a misconception about the so-called assault weapons that would be impacted by the proposed gun ban. The missive maintains that using the term “assault” to describe rifles and other guns as semi-automatic is frequently misplaced, The Blaze notes.

The Second Amendment supporting letter also states that reducing magazine capacity from 30 to 10 rounds will likely not make any real difference during a mass shooting incident. The Green Berets that signed the letter noted that it takes approximately 8 seconds to two empty 10-round magazines with full magazines.

The retired elite military members also pointed out that Eric Harris used a gun in compliance with the former assault weapons ban during the Columbine shooting. During the tragic school shooting, Harris used 10-round magazines.

The Green Berets also used the 1946 Battle of Athens, Tennessee to illustrate their point about the need for weapons for protection. Do you support the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 or feel the bill infringes upon the Second Amendment?