Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso takes issue with politicians, specifically New York Mayor Michale Bloomberg, when it comes to the issue of keeping and bearing arms. He asks rhetorically what credibility do they have when it comes to your ability to protect yourself?

It is unbelievable that politicians like Mayor Bloomberg think that they are experts on personal protection.

Me and the guys I fought with, we didn’t go to war so that some politician could dictate whatever he thinks is best for the American people.

We fought for your freedom.

What have those guys ever accomplished that gives them any credibility on the subject of personal protection?

I served in the military as a SEAL for 12 years and the guys in this type of profession are some of the most qualified dudes on the planet to give you advice on how to protect yourself.

But it would be the ultimate sign of arrogance

for us to say that we have the perfect answer for you and your family and your personal safety.

Is anyone better off because they gave a mayor or a senator or the president their own personal responsibility? No.

These politicians only care about their own power.

They know that the less we are able to defend ourselves, the more dependent we are on them. Period.

Don’t believe their promises. When there’s a threat outside your door, the police aren’t gonna be there, guys like me aren’t gonna be there, the guys trained to save lives aren’t going to be there. We just can’t be there all the time.

Do we want to? Of course we do. But that’s not the reality.

I’m going to tell you the truth. I’m trained in hand to hand combat.
But would I rather have a gun to protect myself? Obviously.

So if that’s true for me, I can’t imagine what it’s like for an everyday law-abiding citizen to walk around without the ability to protect themselves.

When I was in the military fighting under the leadership and under higher ranking officers and politicians, they gave me all the responsibility in the world.

They gave me every tool, every asset, they ran me through every possible scenario.

But now that I’ve transitioned out and I’m a civilian, somehow I’m not responsible anymore. Somehow they don’t trust me to defend my own family.

These high-ranking officials think they can get up in front of the American people and just shove their rank on the screen and make a political point with their soundbites?

That rank doesn’t give them any more knowledge or any more credibility on what you should be doing to protect yourself.

This isn’t Call of Duty. Your higher rank doesn’t make you more knowledgeable about weapons. It just doesn’t.

The only way for your title to mean more to the American people is to take the power away from them.

That’s arrogant, that’s selfish, and it’s dangerous. You don’t know what’s best for the people you’ve never met.

If you really cared about the American people, you’d stand up for more freedom for them, and not more power and status for yourself.

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