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The American Legion on the 2nd Amendment
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I'm a member of the Legion and got an email today from them that had a link to a blog that listed the exact resolution that was passed at the convention last August. I thought that everyone might be interested in their stand. Everyone should remember that the Legion only exists due to congressional action, which makes this all the more interesting to me. Wink

Quote: Resolution No. 68: Second Amendment

Origin: Maryland

Submitted by: Convention Committee on National Security

WHEREAS, The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees each law-abiding American citizen the right to keep and bear arms of his or her choice; and

WHEREAS, It is estimated that over 60 million individuals, representing over half of the households in America, have chosen to exercise that right by owning one or more firearms; and

WHEREAS, Gun bans, registration, and licensing of firearms and their owners of has had little or no effect in such urban areas such as New York City, California and Washington D.C. and has not prevented violent criminals from obtaining firearms illegally and committing crimes; and

WHEREAS, The restriction of firearms purchases by law-abiding citizens will create a black market in illegal firearms and incur further governmental costs to enforce such restriction; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By The American Legion in National Convention assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 28, 29, 30, 2012, That The American Legion reaffirms its recognition that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees each law-abiding American citizen the right to keep and bear arms; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, That the membership of The American Legion urges our nation's lawmakers to recognize, as part of their oaths of office, that the Second Amendment guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear the arms of their choice, as do the millions of American veterans who have fought, and continue to fight, to preserve those rights, hereby advise the Congress of the United States and the Executive Department to cease and desist any and all efforts to restrict these rights by any legislation or order.
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I need to join the legion. Can't join the VFW, because the year I got danger pay and all that jazz for spending in Iraq I did as a DOD civilian.

To think, if I went in uniform I'd have an additional 4 "thanks for coming over" campaign medals.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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I tried to join the American Legion in 1968 after discharge from the military, and was told that I and other Nam Vets were not the type of members that they were looking for. Kind of gave the impression that we the Nam Vets were dirty and our service was less than honorable.

After that statement, if true, I will hold my nose and join an organization the showed no respect to veterans. I will then only pay the dues, never enter a legion hall, or offer make any of their promotions.
MOUNTAINORACLE, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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MOUNTAINORACLE;71791 Wrote:I tried to join the American Legion in 1968 after discharge from the military, and was told that I and other Nam Vets were not the type of members that they were looking for. Kind of gave the impression that we the Nam Vets were dirty and our service was less than honorable.

After that statement, if true, I will hold my nose and join an organization the showed no respect to veterans. I will then only pay the dues, never enter a legion hall, or offer make any of their promotions.

Maybe they meant they only wanted the non-warzone people?

Hard to say, nam vets got treated like ass everywhere by nearly everyone. Terrible times for them, unjust and unfairly ostracized.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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MOUNTAINORACLE;71791 Wrote:I tried to join the American Legion in 1968 after discharge from the military, and was told that I and other Nam Vets were not the type of members that they were looking for. Kind of gave the impression that we the Nam Vets were dirty and our service was less than honorable.

After that statement, if true, I will hold my nose and join an organization the showed no respect to veterans. I will then only pay the dues, never enter a legion hall, or offer make any of their promotions.

A lot of folks did stupid things in regard to you guys when you got home. Most of them are at least somewhat ashamed of their actions today. A lot of the leadership in the Legion are Viet Nam vets. As far as I'm concerned I consider EVERYONE who served before me to be an older brother or sister to be respected, and EVERYONE who served while I was in to be my brother or sister, lastly those who have served since are definitely my younger brothers and sisters. They all deserve respect as well. We are the 7% that have made the American lifestyle viable for everyone, including those who abuse it today.
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