"I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine," he said. "And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry."The population can defend itself, my dear General, but not if it’s disarmed. And if the M4 and its variants are good enough for our soldiers, then they are good enough for law-abiding private citizens, who should be trusted to determine their own security needs and act accordingly and responsibly – which is to say, that our citizens are good enough for those types of weapons.
The general added, "I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look. I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we've got to protect our population."
We must protect our children, our police and our population? Why, yes, but the occasional crazed gunman isn’t the only threat. There’s also the little matter of a tyrannical government which seeks to usurp our freedom – a danger that is becoming less hypothetical with every passing day, and the precise danger that the Second Amendment was intended to guard against.
The issue is not whether the government should trust the people with guns; it's whether the people should trust the government without them.
But continue, by all means, to express your opinion as a private citizen – one whose views on gun control do not, I am bound to say, carry any special weight simply because of your military service.