- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Retired Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Jeff Hinton was looking for 100 current or retired Green Berets to sign a petition defending Second Amendment rights. What he received was 1,100 special forces operators, all of whom are against bans on the kind of military-style rifles targeted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

Military.com reports that Master Sgt. Hinton’s 2,900-word letter has been distributed to media outlets and posted on Professionalsoldiers.com.

In addition to rejecting bans on guns for cosmetic reasons, the Green Berets also take issue with any bans on high capacity magazines, noting that it only takes seconds to reload.

The group’s petition concludes: “We believe that it is time that we take personal responsibility for our choices and actions rather than abdicate that responsibility to someone else under the illusion that we have done something that will make us all safer. … We have a responsibility to stand by our principles and act in accordance with them. Our children are watching and they will follow the example we set.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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