Yes, I said it. I appreciate the LTC more than you can imagine. Why? Because his article is some of the best PR for firearm rights there is. It's just a few steps below the President calling for more gun control.
When he rambles on about how many guns he wants to ban, the next thing that happens is all the anti-gun groups start reposting his words saying how he's 'reasonable' and how right he is. Gives plenty of screenshots and quotes for us to use when they later claim to not want to ban guns and we get a giggle out of watching them dance around trying to explain their words.
Going on about how much of an 'authority' he is reduces the effectiveness in future military veterans using their creds to try and ban guns due to his extremist, uneducated and ridiculous assertions.
So thank you LTC Bateman. You've just sold more guns and NRA memberships than a dozen gun shows.