Responding to an editorial by former SEAL and past/expected future Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, in which the would-be politician claimed “I was wrong to oppose assault weapons ban,” author Matthew Bracken, himself a former SEAL, took Gomez to task on the campaign's placeholder Facebook page.
Bracken was interviewed by Gun Rights Examiner last year about a special online promotion for his “EFAD” trilogy, when he offered the first novel, “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” as a free Kindle download. That book, along with its sequels, “Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista,” and “Foreign Enemies and Traitors,” were all positively and enthusiastically reviewed by this writer, as was his most recent novel, “Castigo Cay.” He has also published online numerous essays, reviews and short fiction, including “The Bracken Anthology,” the latter available for download on Kindle.
Simply put, Bracken develops his fictional scenarios and nonfiction social commentary based on real-world experience. He was disgusted that a fellow former SEAL would trade on his military credentials to stump for citizen disarmament, and let Gomez know that in no uncertain terms.
“I graduated from BUD/S Class 105 in 1979 as an officer, and took a NavSpecWar platoon to Beirut in 1983,” Bracken informed Gomez. “I am extremely disappointed that a former SEAL officer has apparently sold out for perceived political gain.
“As two men with similar training and experience with firearms, we both know very well that in the ultimate test, the difference between slaves or subjects and free men is the right to keep and bear arms that are similar to those carried by the King's men, the police, the military,” Bracken continued, summarizing the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms and how an attempt “to confiscate arms and gunpowder” was the catalyst for the American Revolution’s War of the Rebellion.
“Mr. Gomez, spare us your ‘I defended the Constitution’ blather,” Bracken chided. “We see through your politically expedient conversion to the dark side. You are now standing firmly on the side of King George and every other dictator who has smashed freedom, or tried to smash freedom, by disarming their ‘unruly peasants’ in the name of ‘public safety.’
“I'm very ashamed of and disappointed in you, former SEAL or not, and I will do what I can to expose your selling out to the forces of rampant big-government statism,” Bracken pledged, then citing historical examples of genocides enabled by governments holding “a monopoly on meaningful firearms.
“We will not be led like sheep into the slaughter pens because in a moment of foolish optimism we believed the sweet lies of socialist politicians,” Bracken concluded. “You want to take them? Molon Labe, sellout. Come and take them!”
“I have spent the majority of my life in the military,” another veteran commented on The War on Guns blog preview for yesterday’s Gun Rights Examiner column. “I am qualified, officially, with most anti-personnel weapons. And some others, too. Even non-American weapons and armaments.
“Yet when not wearing a uniform, I have to seek permission from amateurs to carry and use weapons?” he asked, ending with an expletive to express his sentiment for that.
Whether there will be a groundswell of other veterans stepping forward to condemn Gomez’s unprovoked attack on their rights remains to be seen. Dozens lent their names to his last campaign, and have so far remained silent on if they will continue to support him, leaving it to rights activists and/or fellow veterans who know them to ask each of them for public comment.
Still, one thing is certain: No amount of selling out will ever be enough to appease doctrinaire Democrat Party über alles apparatchiks, as a memo published online by then-DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse should make clear. They will continue to attack him and smear him and ridicule him in spite of any ground he cedes to their agenda.
All Gomez has managed to do is ensure a core constituency of enraged gun owners with long memories is now committed to making sure the guy never gets elected dog catcher.
Republican strategists should take note.
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