He Will Pry Your Guns From Your Cold Dead Hands

by Rick Olson

“We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes. Guns, except for the three approved categories, cannot be inherited. When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them.”—LTC Robert L. Bateman (USA retired)

Update to this article: 12/8/13

I received an email of clarification from one of our readers. Ray writes,

The author of the Esquire article (Bateman On Guns – It’s Time We Talk About Guns – Esquire) is Lt Col Robert L. Bateman of the US Army (active duty). The Bateman you identify is Lt Col Robert J. Bateman who served in the NY Army National Guard and is now retired. Lt Col Robert L. Bateman taught at West Point. Lt Col Robert J. Bateman did not. 
I’ve seen this mistake in several articles referencing the offensive Esquire article. I’m certain Bob Bateman (Robert L. Bateman) is getting a lot of hate mail that is unwarranted.  I’m hopeful that you’ll correct your article after looking into this.
I am thankful for our Grok readers who can make these distinctions. Distinctions like this are important.

Bateman On Guns – It’s Time We Talk About Guns – Esquire

 Retired from the Army, Bateman is president and founder of Alliance Defense Marketing Associates LLC, a “global premier risk management” firm that does work for the DHS.

Bateman writes in Esquire, 

My entire adult life has been dedicated to the deliberate management of violence. There are no two ways around that fact. My job, at the end of the day, is about killing. I orchestrate violence.

This is how Bateman prefaces his, “in-your-face-styled,” lunatic rant to take guns away from the American populace.

Bateman continues on in Esquire co-opting the liberal revisionist history template getting his facts totally wrong, excoriating the Supreme Court, and the American Educational system. This self-styled neo-iconoclast, burns the constitution, trashes hallowed institutions, and demagogues American citizens.

In mischaracterizing the Supreme Court Bateman states,

Five of the nine members of the Supreme Court agreed that the part in the Second Amendment which talks about “A Well Regulated Militia, Being Necessary To The Security Of A Free State…” did not matter. In other words, they flunked basic high school history.

He continues his insane diatribe by accusing Justice Scalia of egregious attempts to rewrite America history, accusing Scalia of ignoring the “well-regulated Milita” clause of the Second Amendment. 

Bateman then confabulates the interpretation of the Militia Act of 1903, misleading readers by suggesting that is what the constitution eluded to when written.  In reality, the Militia Act of 1903 (also known as the Dick Act)  was legislation which codified circumstances under which the National Guard could be federalized should the need arise.

The Dick Act (Named for Ohio Congressman Charles Dick) provided the federal funds to pay for equipment and training, including annual summer encampments. In return, the Guard organized its units along the same lines as the regular Army, and took steps to meet the same training, education and readiness requirements as active duty units.

Bateman uses the statistics and figures in the UK/US gun crime as justification for his rant. But, as I read the article, it has occurred to me that over the last year and a half, I personally, as well as other bloggers around this nation, have written extensively on each and every one of these very principles. I do not eschew any of Bateman’s stupid claims…There is no need to, I had already done so long before he sat down to write this sad pathetic excuse of an article…on every single point.

With all the facts contrast and comparison aside, I encourage readers to read his original article. Its tone is crass, violent, rude, hateful and divisive.  This is a private contractor the government utilizes for some of the DHS programs.

We must take note of such people because these “private contractors” are who the government is empowering and now is the time to thin the herd where government contractors are concerned. People like Bateman are not just anti-gun, they are a far worse lot.  They are unabashedly anti-constitution, anti-American and citizen. This is a bad guy…a demon.

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