|"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-Thomas Jefferson"The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun."
-Patrick Henry"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that's good ... "
-George Washington"The Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
-Samuel Adams"I ask you sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
-George Mason"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
-Richard Henry Lee"Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny, or private self-defense."
Both the Army and the Marine Corps, however, know for a fact that such people do count. This has been proven time and again in modern combat. They call people who are proficient in this manner of combat "snipers". I will quote two short passages from the book by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts entitled, "One Shot-One Kill" published by Pocket Books in April, 1990 that serve to illustrate this point.
| "The art
of the sniper combined with the technology of science to make the single
well-aimed shot the most deadly weapon on the battlefield.
Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the ruins of Stalingrad during World War II when Russian snipers stopped the advance of a superior Nazi force in an action that proved to be the turning point of the war on the eastern front. Stalingrad saw some of the most intense sniper activity in history." pp.58-59
Note that the forces available to the Nazi in World War
II were the prototype for all modern, armored combat units. Snipers have
also proven their worth in more limited scenarios.
|"In terms of body count and effect on the enemy's morale, snipers in Vietnam proved more effective than entire battalions. For example, snipers of the Army's Ninth Infantry Division working in the Mekong Delta from January to July 1969 accounted for 1,139 enemy KIAs. No battalion in the division did so well." p.138|
|"The U.S. Army paid a high price for its long involvement in South Vietnam. American military deaths exceeded 58,000 ... Most deaths were caused by small arms fire and gunshot, but a significant portion, almost 30 percent, stemmed from mines, booby traps and grenades." (Emphasis mine)|
|These are the personal views of Mike Johnson. He was the elected spokesman of the North Central Florida Regional Militia. They are neither endorsed nor supported by Citizens For Better Government. They are presented for informational purposes only.|