It would've been nice to have seen my boys blow out their candles instead of manning a fighting position.
I am able to do this - attend the NRA convention, write about it on the internet, etc. because of men like my friend. He's putting his life on the line halfway across the world while he misses his kids's birthday, so that I can continue to enjoy my freedom. Words can't express how grateful I am that he and others like him exist and are willing to stand in harm's way so that I can continue to bloviate online about whatever crosses into my brain.
Stay safe, Marine.
That is all.