The Antidote to Lone Wolf Terrorism

Yesterday, a Canadian soldier was shot to death at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa by a Muslim lone wolf terrorist.  That man continued on to the Canadian Parliament building and would have likely killed as many people as he could find had he not been stopped.

How was he stopped?

The Parliament’s ceremonial sergeant-at-arms engaged him with a handgun.

Imagine if something similar happened where you live or work.  You’re on the way to lunch and you hear shots ring out, screams of the wounded and dying, and then more shots.  You orient yourself and finally identify the threat.  He’s a 20-something black-haired man with a rifle raised to his shoulder aiming at the crowd.  He’s firing.  You may or may not be able to run away.  He may turn his attention to you next, or your work friend, wife, child, or a random stranger praying for safety near where you find yourself.

It is in this moment when the stark reality of violence is recognized by most.  When an attack is underway you cannot rely on someone else to protect you.  The police may be immediately present, but more likely they are minutes away at best.  Whether you are by yourself at home, walking through a shopping mall or grocery store, or strolling around downtown, violence can and will visit you at the most inopportune moment.

You are the first line of defense.  You are the first responder. The police are second responders 99% of the time.

The antidote to lone wolf terrorism is not complex forms of layered security, increased surveillance, or hardened machine gun emplacements surrounding potential targets.  Lone wolves will strike soft targets before hard targets because their likelihood of success goes way up.  The antidote to lone wolf terrorism is simple and can be answered easily.

When you find yourself facing what was once a hypothetical situation where someone is firing into a crowd indiscriminately what will you find on your belt first – your cell phone or your handgun?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

You are the militia – the traditional minuteman – an armed citizen in defense of society.  The State is powerless to prevent such attacks as they can be planned completely in secret.  Thus, the original security allowed under English common law, American law, Constitutional law, and Biblical law is a free man in possession of modern weapons of war in which to do battle with whatever evil may befall us each day.

I celebrate Mr. Vickers in Ottawa, but I also mourn because that attack highlighted how vulnerable Canada truly is because it does not allow the carrying of arms outside the home for the defense of self and society.  The entire nation is a soft target.

Islamic State behead, mutilate, rape, enslave and massacre exactly as the Koran instructs – emulating the Prophet of Islam

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There can be no common ground with a religion that will shame, humiliate, mutilate, behead, and literally laugh and celebrate dancing in the blood of their fallen foes.

People that say that the modern caliphate (the Islamic State) is a perversion of Islam do not understand that the caliphate is a perfect application of the full brutality of Islam from the words of the false prophet himself.

There can be only one question so perfectly phrased by another. MoseMoses and Jesus are reported to have climbed to the tops of high mountains to communicate with God. Just who was whispering the gospel of plunder, rape and murder into Mohammed’s ear, deep under the surface of the earth in that dark Saudi Arabian cave?

Satan is known to appear as an angel of light. It is my belief that Satan himself taught the Koran to Mohammed in that cave appearing as an angel and calling himself Gabriel.

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

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Islamic State beheads, mutilates as the Koran instructs

Obama, Cameron et al say Islamic State are just a bunch of barbarians, not real Muslims. But as they behead and mutilate “infidels” they’re only doing what the Koran and the Prophet instructs

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Their fate was sealed in the Koran

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by Raymond Ibrahim, 23 September 2014 07:23

To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The Koran exhorts believers to “Fight them [those who oppose Islam], Allah will torment them with your hands, humiliate them, empower you over them, and heal the hearts of the believers, removing the rage from their hearts” (Koran…

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Thirteen

Thirteen years ago today, just under an hour ago at 8:46 AM, the first plane slammed into the World Trade Center – North Tower.  Not even 20 minutes later, at 9:03 AM, the second plane struck the South Tower.  Thirty-four minutes later, at 9:37 AM,  the third plane struck the Pentagon.

At 9:59 AM, the South Tower suddenly collapsed.

Eight minutes later the passengers on United 93 made contact with friends and family because the plane they were on had been hijacked as well.  They resolved after hearing about the tower collapse that they had to try.  They stormed the cockpit and in the process of trying to retake the plane, caused the terrorists in control to drive that plane into the ground in rural Pennsylvania.

I have stood in that field with my oldest son, who is not yet old enough to know why that field is now a national memorial.

What we have to recognize is what I knew thirteen years ago today, what I knew when I stood on that granite path in a remote Pennsylvanian field, and what I know each and every day when my feet hit the floor in the morning. Evil exists in the world.  It seeks ways to destroy us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Evil will find big and small ways to rend us.  It will bring down buildings and kill thousands in a moment, or it will destroy a single life at a time through a violent attack by a deranged person.  It will tear a family apart through strife, division, and pride.

There are two things that I knew thirteen years ago today, and each year I remember and renew my commitment.

Firstly, above all else, God is in control.  Evil can do it’s damage in the here and now, but the Creator of all things is above it all.  All that evil can do to me with Christ as my king and savior is kill me.  My temporal body can be struck down, but that is all evil can do to me.  It has finite power.  My faith in my God allows me to state the second thing I knew with assurance.  You and I must confront evil when it exists in the world.  When it comes to evil whether physical or spiritual, we are the first responders.  Everyone else shows up after the fact to just help clean up the mess left.

We must throw ourselves headlong at hijackers on a plane flying over Pennsylvania en route to Washington DC.

When I looked at my son walking and running about that solemn place full of joy, love, and hope, I couldn’t bring myself to tell him what happened there that day.  I knew when I watched him what I knew back thirteen years ago and firmly resolve today.  I knew then how God must have felt sending Christ to Earth to suffer and die to complete the promise of salvation.

When evil attacks, and it will, I will be there. I will not ride and hide.  I will fight with His strength confident in His promise to me that if I should fall, He will raise me up.  Evil can not win.

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:10-12

Gone Concern

Gone concern?  Really?

Cypriot banks bailed-in segregated customer deposits (PERSONAL CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS) in order to recapitalize (restore their own empty accounts) a while back. 

Now the Federal Reserve is encouraging and expecting the largest US banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, General Electric Capital which operates as Ally Bank, US Bank, and many of the other “too-big-to-fail” banks) to adopt policies and procedures that would enable them to do just that to every account-holder. 

The problem is that the only people that will be impacted by such a bail-in will be people with money in the bank –  middle and high income people.  This is an involuntary forced capitalization wherein we will be forced, by keeping funds in these accounts, to buy long-term bonds in exchange for this liquid capital during the next financial crisis.  The “house” is gambling with their own money and wants to use your money to cover their losses not if but when they occur. 

You will get no say.  They will freeze your account so you can’t withdraw any of your available funds just as in Cyprus.

You will get no vote.  This decision will occur by politically-connected people who will be given political cover since these banks are supposedly too big to fail.

You will get no recourse.  The powers that be will claim that you have been made whole with the long term bonds now in your name supposedly.

This is insanity. 

This is fascism.

No consider this.  The rule of law is an illusion.  The illusion only exists as long as the law-abiding presume the law-givers to be lawful people.  Once that illusion falls, and if this ever happens, it will, then the law-abiding no longer have to abide by the social contract, and unlike Cyprus this nation is armed to the teeth.

 

Gun Free Zones

Yesterday, a landmark judicial opinion was issued by a US District Court judge in Denver, Colorado.  The judge declined a motion for summary judgment by Cinemark Theaters over the infamous Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre years ago. 

If you recall, that theater prohibited legal concealed or open carry of firearms except by uniformed police officers by posting a prohibition on firearms.  This is not anything new or rare.  Nearly every mass shooting to occur (where more than 3 people not necessarily related are killed by gunfire in one location) has happened in a location where firearms are generally prohibited. 

That fact was not lost on the judge when it was ruled that Cinemark can be held liable for not providing ample security for it’s “sitting duck” patrons. 

How differently would business owners feel toward lawful open and concealed carry if every location that posted a “no guns” sign would be held liable for any injury or death that occurred on their premises due to a violent encounter by another individual? 

When you, as a property owner, insist that someone else either consciously trespass on your property by continuing to carry against your personal policies, or rather, those of your insurance company, or put their life in your hands by forcing them to surrender the most effective means of self-defense held by the general public in modern times, it is you who are immoral for foisting such a Faustian bargain on them.

You may say, “just shop somewhere else,” but perhaps you work for a company that requires it.  Should you surrender your livelihood or be forced to put your life in the hands of a company that doesn’t take employee safety and security as importantly as it puts data protection or the bottom line?  Should the doctor who stopped a murderous rampage have left his gun in his car in the parking lot rather than keeping it with him in the firearms-prohibited hospital?  If he hadn’t disobeyed a stupid policy, he would likely be dead, and many more in addition.

As a business owner, when you ask your patrons to lay down their God-given right to life (and defense thereof), in order to conduct business with you, you are acting immorally and unethically and it’s about time that someone finally called them on it.  This will be a lesson learned the hard way unfortunately as we have witnessed shooting after shooting in these firearms-prohibited locales and will continue to do so until they are eliminated entirely.

No More Excuses

Looting.  Rioting.  Arson.  Assault with Intent to Kill a Peace Officer.

These and many other things are occurring nightly in Ferguson, Missouri.  I understand the desire for justice and how the reluctance of police to release everything they know as they know it can feed into our imagination’s need to fill-in-the-blanks with our own prejudices.

18 year old man, 6’4″, 300 lbs, lies dead in the street of multiple gun shot wounds.  A police officer admits pulling the trigger and claims it was in self-defense.  It just happens that the dead man is black and the police officer is white.  A thorough crime scene investigation is conducted at the scene of the shooting and then the rumors begin (thanks to another 18 year old man who happened to be at the scene – more on him in a minute).

The white cop had it out for the black guy.  Racism! 

He executed him!

And that’s how the ball got rolling.  Our imaginations are powerful things.  When we don’t know the full story, we can imagine many plausible instances to fill-in-the-blanks of what we don’t know.  This is how conspiracy theories begin. 

I will admit that I understand the desire for justice. I want justice in every instance.

If the officer did in fact act wrongly – either by escalating a normal confrontation unnecessarily or by acting in malice, then he deserves to face a judge and jury.  However, if the officer acted correctly in defense of his life against a larger, aggressive man bull-rushing him after fighting him moments earlier, then his use of lethal force to end a threat to his life is fully justified under the color of law.   You see, more facts have come out since the initial few days that further complicate this situation for the deceased. 

He was walking home after roughing up a shop clerk of a local convenience store after stealing a box of Swisher Sweets (thin cigars used to conceal marijuana and allow it to be smoked in public as “blunts” with plausible deniability).  What began as shoplifting turned into robbery when he was confronted and physically assaulted the shop clerk.  He then began walking home in the middle of the street, evidence of his crime in hand, with his accomplice (the aforementioned man above).  They were acting in a manner that obstructed traffic and in a manner that could cause a traffic accident that would harm someone else or themselves by walking down the middle of the street. 

While the officer involved had not yet heard of the robbery moments before, these two individuals had no way of knowing that.  The deceased likely believed that he was about to be arrested for his crime.  As a thoughtful person, consider that the deceased may have decided in that moment to resist arrest thinking himself larger and stronger and able to do to the smaller officer what he had down to the shop clerk moments before.  That mindset could have been the primary cause of everything that then occurred culminating in the gunshots fired that ended the incident.

The situation has been used by race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to further highlight their purported platforms and to keep themselves relevant in the eyes of the nation.  The situation has been exacerbated by the national news media through endless reporting, speculation, and glamorization of violent acts through their broadcasts of such to the world.  The situation has been used by anarchists, criminals, and looters in order to provide cover for their actions within Ferguson.  Buildings have been burned to the ground.  People have been shot.  The police have suffered repeated assaults via bottles, rocks, molotov cocktails, and many other forms of abuse. 

And the politicians, legal authorities, and law enforcement officers in charge have excused this behavior by saying that there are rifts in the community that have been exposed by this situation.

What?  Let me explain.

I am not going to render judgment on the officer or the deceased actions and neither should anyone without all of the facts, yet the calls for justice have been used as an excuse for illegal, harmful behavior and that has highlighted the bigger problem that has been exposed in this instance.

What is white guilt?  White guilt is the faulty belief that white people, regardless of their economic circumstances, have more privileges due to their skin color.  This belief, paired with the equally race-based belief that black people have less privileges and are subject to greater fear, scrutiny, and suspicion in every instance when compared with someone with a paler skin tone, have led many to pardon the behavior of the protestors and rioters in Ferguson.  Those beliefs though are far more insidious than that.  These beliefs permeate the very fabric of society from race-preferential college selection, scholarships, government employment applications, and general societal attitudes toward African-Americans. 

Are we so racist to believe that blacks cannot pull themselves up on their own?  Are they inferior to whites or other skin tones because they happen to be a darker shade?  Are we doing African-Americans any favors by saying that they only have to be 75% as good as whites in order to get a job or get into college?  Are we promoting cultural evolution or are we segmenting that portion of the population and giving them an excuse to not improve by rewarding below-average behavior? 

Were Italians given an excuse for mafia behavior in the early 20th century?  They had just emigrated from Italy due to the Italian Civil War. 

Were the Irish given an excuse for their drunkenness and brawling after having fled Ireland due to a terrible famine and centuries of British occupation?

I could go on and on asking the same question of every race, creed, and color of people that has come to the shores of America.  Chinese?  Japanese?  Arabs?  Vietnamese?   Every type of person regardless of color, nationality, or religion has faced discrimination in these United States.  We are not perfect, but we always are seeking to improve in order to forge a more perfect union.  Until the press for affirmative action and the lowering of standards for blacks, the impetus to strive for better was there for that entire community, but in an effort to socially engineer full integration due to the falsehood that is white guilt our society has told the entire black community that they are not good enough or smart enough to “make it” without our help. 

I will say it again – because of a perceived advantage by whites over blacks within our society, whites have had pity on blacks and lowered the standards that are expected of everyone else in order for this class of people because it’s supposedly impossible for them to do anything with their lives without a subsidized advantage.

That is racist and it must stop right this very minute or we will never kill and bury racism within our society.

The excuses that white America makes enables the behaviors that led to the rioting in Ferguson and it generates a standard below that which the average American is expected to meet. 

Until we encourage a truly level playing field where all are equally expected to behave there will be no justice because the black community will not clean itself up.  Without an incentive to do better, why should they?

It worked pretty damn well for the Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Italian-Americans, Greek-Americans, Hungarian-Americans, Polish-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Lebanese-Americans, Syrian-Americans, Korean-Americans, and Cuban-Americans.  Every group faces prejudice and setbacks, but rose to the challenge presented by this country to contribute greatly and become part of the whole because our standards for them were not lowered.  It is time to do the same and it should start in Ferguson.

No Justice, No Peace

I have not written in a while.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, just ask my wife, but more because I felt the pull of the Spirit on my heart and wanted to let Him work in me and put my focus on listening rather than speaking. 

The lesson that I learned is one that is crystallizing in front of the entire world right at this moment.

When justice is not done, mercy is forgotten.  When laws and standards are not applied universally, a thirst for justice grows in us and buries our ability to extend mercy and compassion.  We grow angry.  That anger can do one of two things – it can drive us to righteous anger and a willingness to restore justice, or it can drive us to hate.  In Star Wars, Yoda says that fear leads to hate and hate leads to anger.  There is much truth in that statement.

We fear a world without justice because we were made to live in a world ruled by a Just and Merciful God.  When justice is not done, that fear grows because the right nature of the world has been upset and deep in our being we know that we are ultimately powerless by ourselves.  We fear anarchy and lawlessness, because when everything becomes permissible, there are no longer any limits and safeguards to protect our lives, fortunes, and families. 

That fear can galvanize as anger and then hate.  We begin to coldly shut off compassion in our hearts and blame others for the lawlessness that we feel exists when justice is unequally applied.  Without the safety that justice provides, love wanes and we are deprived of one of the things that provides hope in this life.  We begin to blame individuals who seem better off than we are.  We begin to blame groups and focusing on hatred on them because they are not us.  We fail to see that the problem is in our own hearts and we misdiagnose the illness.  We seek men’s justice rather than God’s justice in an order to quench this thirst.

Just look around you at the world today.

Children pour across the American border – sent by their parents from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and various other Central American countries to escape poverty, injustice, and violence.  Those parents hope for better lives for their children in the one beacon of hope and freedom in the world.  I empathize with this desire as any parent should.  There are calls for justice amongst many Americans – “Send them home,” “Deport them.”  We call for justice and our government does nothing.   It is difficult to show mercy on their plight when justice for their action is lacking.

Hamas rockets Israel and digs tunnels to conduct a massive surprise attack in the near future.  Israel defends itself by going after the missile launchers, stocks of rockets, and the commanders and troops attacking them while they work to discover and destroy each tunnel.  Across Europe and around the world, people condemn Israel for doing something that they would DEMAND if it were happening to their country. In America we are not immune from this as pro-Hamas demonstrations occurred over the weekend in Chicago, Miami, and elsewhere.  Jews around the world fear for their lives as anti-semitism is rapidly on the rise.

A man in Arizona suffers an excruciatingly long execution for murders committed over a decade ago.  He lay silently in agony for hours as the lethal drugs finally ended his life.  The murderer’s victims’ family certainly felt justice, but the feeling by many that this excruciating death doesn’t matter because justice was done is vile and hate-filled. 

Iraqi Christians, or Nazarenes, flee their homes or go into hiding as the Islamic State in the Levant and Syria (ISIS) marks them and their houses.  If they do not convert to Islam, pay an on-going monetary penalty for their faith, or flee, they will be killed.  Their homes and businesses are being marked for destruction.

Mercy in the absence of justice will lead to dependency and entitlement.  Amnesty, welfare, food stamps.  We can be merciful, but if we are not just, we fail to solve the root problems of the human condition.  The giver of mercy exercises their power over the recipient and the recipient becomes no better than a slave.

Justice without mercy is cold.  It is without compassion and focused on correcting wrongs.  Justice without mercy is tyranny. 

For it is true that we all have sinned.  We all are condemned to death and alienation from God.  We have justly earned that punishment, but out of mercy He sent His Son, the Word through which all have been created and for whom all will ultimately kneel.  We are recipients of mercy AND justice, for without the latter we would not need the former.  They must be joined and applied together in balance.
 
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

 

 

 

 

Quote Of The Week

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:

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“It is both illogical and inconsistent for a government to say people have a right to life and a right to self-defense but no right to own the tools necessary to defend their lives. It is illogical for a government that says its police have no obligation to provide individual protection to deny people the means to protect themselves. It is immoral for a government that repeatedly releases predators to prey on people to tell those victims they cannot have a weapon for self-defense. It’s stupid for a government that can’t control criminals, drugs or illegal immigrants to claim it can take guns away from criminals only if honest folks will give up theirs. Gun-control proposals are also an insult. Gun control by definition affects only honest people. When a politician tells you he wants to forbid you from owning a firearm or force you to get a license, he…

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During the 3 ½ years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the US produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, dozens of Pacific Islands, won the battle of the Atlantic, marched across all of Western Europe and Northern Africa, developed the Atomic bomb, and ultimately defeated Japan AND Germany at the same time.

It’s worth noting that during the nearly exact amount of time, the Obama administration could not build a single functioning website.

 

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