"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Real American Hero

We interrupt the boring legal stuff for a really cool story. The link is down where Catholic Caveman picked it up, but here's his summary:

There's a mantra for Marines... "One Shot, One Kill". I don't think anyone will be upset with young L/Cpl. Wilson for crankin' off 20 rounds. After all, he has 20 kills.

Here's some background on this young Leatherneck ---During a large-scale attack on Easter Sunday, Wilson says, he spotted six gunmen on a rooftop about 400 yards away. In about 8 seconds he squeezed off five rounds — hitting five gunmen in the head. The sixth man dived off a 3-story building just as Wilson got him in his sights, and counts as a probable death. (note from the Caveman; 5 head shots in 8 seconds at a range of 400 yards. You'd be stunned to find out just how many Marines can shoot at that level of expertise.)

"You could tell he didn't know where it was coming from. He just wanted to get away," Wilson said. Later that day, he said, he killed another insurgent.Wilson says his skill helps save American troops and Iraqi civilians."It doesn't bother me. Obviously, me being a devout Catholic, it's a conflict of interest. Then again, God supported David when he killed Goliath," Wilson said. "I believe God supports what we do and I've never killed anyone who wasn't carrying a weapon."When asked rhetorically how can he sleep at night, L/Cpl. Wilson said that insurgents "have killed good Marines I've served with. That's how I sleep at night. Though I've killed over 20 people, how many lives would those 20 people have taken?"

By the way... anyone notice the type of weapon he has in the photo? It ain't one of the high speed, low drag Scout-Sniper weapons... it's just your average, every day M-16 A2 Marine Corps bang stick. Sheesh, and the Army still doesn't understand why we rifle qualify every Marine every year from the 200, 300 and 500 yard line.Hey.... Every Marine A Marksman. We've been living that for over 200 years.

Semper Fi... and by the way, do you see these feel good stories on the nightly news?

1 comment:

123txpublicdefender123 said...

It's nice to see someone talk about reconciling his faith with the actions he must take as part of his military service. I have had the same argument over and over with a Quaker friend of mine about whether or not killing someone else is ever justified. I have been against this war from the beginning, but I have seen many stories like this one (in major papers and on the nightly news) that make me very proud of the brave men and women who are serving.