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Posted: 8/7/2014 2:39:56 PM EDT
After 14 years in the United States, I proudly took the Oath of Allegiance and became a United States citizen

TL;DR version: America...fuck yeah!!

It's been a long journey. I arrived here in May 2000 with literally a suitcase full of clothes and some small personal effects. My first job interview was at WorldCom on, of all days, September 11th, 2001 - in fact the first tower fell while I was being interviewed. It was a day that fundamentally changed many people's lives, and it was certainly a turning point in mine. I was offered the job, WorldCom went bankrupt before I could even start, and the recession that followed made it very tough for a high school dropout (family reasons) with self-taught I.T. skills to find any kind of work.

So I made my own job. With a few hundred bucks I started my own web hosting business and pounded the pavements getting as many local clients as I could. To make a long story short, the business thrived, and in 2007 I sold it and I was able to put a good down payment on a house and make a substantial investment in another business. Today I own and operate 4 businesses of my own along with having part-ownership in another. I provide employment for 6 people, I'm blessed with a wonderful girlfriend and her warm, loving family, and I honestly couldn't be happier. Only in America!

That was only part of what changed for me on that fateful day though. Remarks were made while I was at WorldCom by guys wanting to go home, grab a rifle, and start fighting whoever did this to their country. Not "what is the government going to do?". No. This was personal to them. They didn't care WHY it happened so much as they cared WHO did it and WHOSE asses they needed to kick. It awakened something in me. Part knowledge that government couldn't keep me safe, and part desire to be in a position to do it for myself.

I had shot air pistols and rifles as a child, but before I was of an age where ownership of real firearms became an option, the U.K. was hit by the Hungerford Massacre and then Dunblane. Legislation made it difficult enough to get a firearms certificate that I never bothered, and my interest in the shooting sports all but disappeared. After 9/11 I started to look into my options a little more. Trust me when I say that it's a huge culture shock when coming from a very different climate to find out that you can buy firearms with no registration (allegedly hehehe), no home inspections, nothing but a clean background and, in this state at least, passing a basic written safety test then waiting 7 days.

My first gun was a Sig P226ST in 9mm. I joined a local club, practiced a lot, and then eventually found myself interested in rifles and shotguns. The rest, as anyone with BRD knows, is history Today I'm an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, have more guns than I care to mention, an 03 FFL, and carry permits in multiple states.

It wasn't just an awakening with regards to guns and my 2nd Amendment rights though, it was an entire shift of viewpoint. Like many legal immigrants, I take all of my constitutional rights VERY seriously, mostly because my rights were never defined and protected this way before. Nor was the scope of government. From an attitude of looking to government for safety, I now consider myself primarily responsible for my own safety and mostly want government to get the hell out of my way and stick to what they're supposed to do. It's hard to describe what a change in mindset it represents to people who were born with those protected rights, but it's a paradigm shift. And it feels wonderful to accept and embrace those freedoms along with all of the responsibilities that come with them.

When I say that today is the proudest day of my life, I am being completely sincere. I had a lump in my throat as I took the Oath of Allegiance and then, with my fellow immigrants, 35 of us from 21 different countries, sang The Star Spangled Banner with more meaning than ever before. I'm already registered to vote and have my passport application submitted. I can't wait to see what the rest of my life brings in this, my new home, and the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.

to my Arfcom brothers and sisters. I'll be raising a glass to you as I celebrate tonight!






Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:41:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2014 2:43:05 PM EDT by RIO-lover]
Congrats.
We need more like yourself.

Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:41:51 PM EDT
Congrats OP.

God Bless America.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:42:17 PM EDT
Congratulations!! I took the oath almost 26 years ago.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:42:31 PM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:42:34 PM EDT
You already spell like an American already. None of the metric overuse of vowels.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:43:53 PM EDT
Congrats..................Great job making something of yourself!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:43:55 PM EDT
Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:44:45 PM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:44:48 PM EDT
Welcome, citizen. You're already a better American than many who were born here.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:45:24 PM EDT
Congrats Speedie!!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:45:39 PM EDT
Congrats!!


Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:08 PM EDT
Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:21 PM EDT
Congratulations on becoming an American.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:28 PM EDT
Gratz!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:53 PM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2014 2:49:01 PM EDT by Peachy_Carnahan]

Congrats Bro!

TLDR: Original country of origin?

ETA2: UK, never mind. Have a nice pint and relax.

Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:46:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:47:02 PM EDT
Welcome.

Where were you born?
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:47:14 PM EDT
Congrats!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:47:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Speedie:
After 14 years in the United States, I proudly took the Oath of Allegiance and became a United States citizen

TL;DR version: America...fuck yeah!!

It's been a long journey. I arrived here in May 2000 with literally a suitcase full of clothes and some small personal effects. My first job interview was at WorldCom on, of all days, September 11th, 2001 - in fact the first tower fell while I was being interviewed. It was a day that fundamentally changed many people's lives, and it was certainly a turning point in mine. I was offered the job, WorldCom went bankrupt before I could even start, and the recession that followed made it very tough for a high school dropout (family reasons) with self-taught I.T. skills to find any kind of work.

So I made my own job. With a few hundred bucks I started my own web hosting business and pounded the pavements getting as many local clients as I could. To make a long story short, the business thrived, and in 2007 I sold it and I was able to put a good down payment on a house and make a substantial investment in another business. Today I own and operate 4 businesses of my own along with having part-ownership in another. I provide employment for 6 people, I'm blessed with a wonderful girlfriend and her warm, loving family, and I honestly couldn't be happier. Only in America!

That was only part of what changed for me on that fateful day though. Remarks were made while I was at WorldCom by guys wanting to go home, grab a rifle, and start fighting whoever did this to their country. Not "what is the government going to do?". No. This was personal to them. They didn't care WHY it happened so much as they cared WHO did it and WHOSE asses they needed to kick. It awakened something in me. Part knowledge that government couldn't keep me safe, and part desire to be in a position to do it for myself.

I had shot air pistols and rifles as a child, but before I was of an age where ownership of real firearms became an option, the U.K. was hit by the Hungerford Massacre and then Dunblane. Legislation made it difficult enough to get a firearms certificate that I never bothered, and my interest in the shooting sports all but disappeared. After 9/11 I started to look into my options a little more. Trust me when I say that it's a huge culture shock when coming from a very different climate to find out that you can buy firearms with no registration (allegedly hehehe), no home inspections, nothing but a clean background and, in this state at least, passing a basic written safety test then waiting 7 days.

My first gun was a Sig P226ST in 9mm. I joined a local club, practiced a lot, and then eventually found myself interested in rifles and shotguns. The rest, as anyone with BRD knows, is history Today I'm an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, have more guns than I care to mention, an 03 FFL, and carry permits in multiple states.

It wasn't just an awakening with regards to guns and my 2nd Amendment rights though, it was an entire shift of viewpoint. Like many legal immigrants, I take all of my constitutional rights VERY seriously, mostly because my rights were never defined and protected this way before. Nor was the scope of government. From an attitude of looking to government for safety, I now consider myself primarily responsible for my own safety and mostly want government to get the hell out of my way and stick to what they're supposed to do. It's hard to describe what a change in mindset it represents to people who were born with those protected rights, but it's a paradigm shift. And it feels wonderful to accept and embrace those freedoms along with all of the responsibilities that come with them.

When I say that today is the proudest day of my life, I am being completely sincere. I had a lump in my throat as I took the Oath of Allegiance and then, with my fellow immigrants, 35 of us from 21 different countries, sang The Star Spangled Banner with more meaning than ever before. I'm already registered to vote and have my passport application submitted. I can't wait to see what the rest of my life brings in this, my new home, and the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.

to my Arfcom brothers and sisters. I'll be raising a glass to you as I celebrate tonight!


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CONGRATS!


I'm the first in my family to be born in the US. Welcome Home Brother!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:48:06 PM EDT
I will buy you a beer anytime you come to Missouri
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:48:50 PM EDT
Congratulations
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:03 PM EDT
Cheers to you Speedie.

Good luck and I mean it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:16 PM EDT
Outstanding!!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:21 PM EDT
Congrats OP!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:22 PM EDT
Congratulations!

Though, I'm kind of curious how someone from the UK came over here with only a suitcase full of clothes, never started the job they came here for and yet managed to stay in the country. My (admittedly basic) understanding of US immigration policy is that it was very difficult for someone from the UK or Western Europe to immigrate to the US, especially without a sponsoring company or university.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:40 PM EDT
Welcome to Team America, fuck yeah.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:45 PM EDT
Fuckin awesome! We need more Americans like you!

I had the pleasure of going to one of these ceremonies Denver a couple months ago when my sister's best friend got sworn in as well.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:49:53 PM EDT
Helluva post. Thanks for sharing that with us. I wish you nothing but the best in your future.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:10 PM EDT
congratulations

I came to the US in 1996 and I became a US Citizen on March 29th 2002.

A day I will never forget as well.

again congratulations

Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:16 PM EDT
Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:24 PM EDT
That's literally what America is here for. Good for you.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RIO-lover:
Congrats.
We need more like yourself.

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+1
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:35 PM EDT
Outstanding! Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:50:58 PM EDT
Congrats! You obviously worked hard for it, and have earned what you have. We need more like you. Keep up the good fight!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:51:13 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing what being an American means to you. Thanks for coming to our (your) country legally.

I appreciate your perspective of being born in another country without the rights you have today.

Welcome
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:51:28 PM EDT
Congratulations OP!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:51:50 PM EDT
Congrats fellow American.

Thank you for doing it the right way and sticking with it. Too bad it's such a PITA for those who jump through the hoops legally.

Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:51:57 PM EDT
Congrats. Unfortunately, you're a little late.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:52:23 PM EDT
Congrats sir! This thread brought a genuine smile to me and made my day.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:52:58 PM EDT
Thanks and welcome home.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:53:22 PM EDT
Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:53:34 PM EDT
Welcome home!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:53:49 PM EDT
Thank you sir for enriching this country. We need more people like yourself. This also goes to prove a point, the naturalization process is so important because it teaches you your rights and the way things work in this country. Part of my resistance to amnesty the way our current potus wants to do it is that they will not go through the same classes you have endured to become a citizen and also cheapens the process you went through. Again congrats and thank you for enriching us.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:54:09 PM EDT
Congratulations, glad to have you here!

And congrats on dodging the bullet on Worldcom. I have a lot of friends that worked here.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:54:45 PM EDT
Congrats! Be proud that you know 87% more about our country than the very people who are born and raised here.
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:54:56 PM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:55:15 PM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:56:52 PM EDT
Right on, congratulations!
Link Posted: 8/7/2014 2:57:25 PM EDT
Congratulations and good job!
My father came to this wonderful country in 1953 to make his own life and did well, I wish the same for you.
Jerry
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