In the upcoming March 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, R. Lee Ermey, popularly known as “The Gunny,” writes, “One of the aggravating events that triggers The Gunny’s urge to rant isn’t anything new. It has bothered me since I was a boy. As wayward and awkward as I was back then, I still had the good sense and discipline to stand with attention, respect and silence during the playing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ With the tunes of our national anthem in my ears and my eyes locked on our flag, I am overwhelmed by a sense of deep pride and appreciation of our great heritage.

“Most Americans feel the same way as far as I can tell. But sometimes it is my great misfortune to clap eyes on some a$#@*&! who is talking, not paying attention, not standing or otherwise insulting the small ceremony that honors America. I have never gone over and knocked the hat off one of these creeps, but I have thought about it. Oh yes, many times!
The national anthem is a sacred rite. According to Gunny, “I am free to write these words, and you to read them, because generation after generation of Americans have given their lives and years of service to step forward in uniform in the armed forces of the United States.”

To read more, check out the March 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally January 28, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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