Ability

A right without the ability and willingness to defend it is no right at all.

Karl Denninger

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government, but illegal for the citizenry.

Thomas Jefferson

Reproduced in full below.  This is an essential read.

When In The Course Of Human Events….

 You’ve read that document, yes?

Let’s quote the first part of it.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Read this to 100 random people on the street and I’m willing to bet the majority of them would argue that you’re some sort of Anarchist.

If so I stand with all of these “anarchists” from the following Colonies, which were to later call themselves States:

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock

Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple

Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

The Founders went on to devise our Constitution, which is a list of powers and explicitly denied all others not enumerated therein from the Federal Government.

Indeed The Constitution itself declares in Article VI the following:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Got that?

The Constitution is the supreme Law of the Land, and no law made by man or any law of any state that contradicts it controls over it.

But that was not enough.  The Colonies did not believe that this document was sufficient, even with a formal means of Amendment called forth in Article V and the formal statement that any statute or other act taken in contravention to the Constitution was facially void.  They insisted, in fact, that 10 Amendments be passed along with The Constitution or they would not ratify it.  In short they did not believe that government would adhere to The Constitution, that the judiciary would not uphold it and that in fact government would immediately seek to undermine and destroy it.

They were right.

But the 10 Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were considered to be sufficient at the time and thus were passed with The Constitution, becoming an inherent part thereof.  (Ed: Those who wish to argue timelines may do so but are playing wordgames and semantics in a raw and puerile attempt to dilute the debate; it was only the promise to actually collect and pass the Bill of Rights that got the Constitution ratified.  And yes, I’m aware there were originally 12 Amendments proposed.)

It is only through the process in Article V that any clause in The Constitution or any existing Amendment can be overridden in a lawful manner.  Any other law or regulation, no matter how proposed, no matter how passed, no matter if enforced or not, is facially void upon the very words in The Constitution itself.

This isn’t opinion.  It’s black-letter fact, and that this fact has been intentionally and wantonly disrespected and violated on a serial basis only turns each and every one of the legislators, law enforcement officials and executive members who have done so into factual criminals.

So says The Constitution itself.

So why do I write this essay?

Because we have an individual in our Senate, Diane Feinstein, who is proposing to put forward a facially-invalid law, on top of the 20,000 already-invalid gun laws on the books, purporting to violate The Second Amendment.

She doesn’t give a good damn that what she proposes today, had she done so in 1775, would have instantly precipitated Concord as soon as word was passed. 

She thinks she can get away with this based upon your inaction over the last few decades when similarly-bogus and facially-void laws were both proposed and passed.

It is time for We The People to take a stand, as did John Hancock, Richard Stockton, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Penn, Arthur Middleton and others.

Your right to life is not bestowed by government.  Your right to liberty is not bestowed by government.  Government never possessed those rights and you cannot bestow what you do not first lawfully possess.

You right to life and liberty were bestowed by your creator.  Those rights inure to each and every one of us by virtue of being human.  And here’s the point which many of you wish not to discuss:

A right without the ability and willingness to defend it is no right at all.

There are those who would argue that The Second Amendment doesn’t apply to this sort of arm or that, as it was written in a time and age of muskets, not semi-automatic rifles or even machine guns.

That would be a nice appellation and is often run by leftists such as Arianna Huffington.  She conveniently forgets that The First Amendment was written in a time when the only “press” consisted of movable type impressing ink upon paper, and yet she argues at the same time that contemporary means of publication, such as The Huffington Post on The Internet, fall within its meaning.

Certainly if The Internet falls under the meaning of The First Amendment then a semi-automatic rifle — or even a machine gun — falls under The Second Amendment.

But more to the point is reality, as expressed by Thomas Paine:

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise.

And later on…

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

Indeed.

Witness Miller, in which the US Supreme Court remanded a case of a man tried for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, which the National Firearms Act had made illegal without registration and payment of a tax.  The US Supreme Court’s ruling included the effective claim that the sort of weapon in question was never used in any sort of militia organization.

This foundational claim presented to and accepted by the United States Supreme Court, upon which Miller rests, is a factual lie and the solicitors who presented it either knew or should have known they were lying.

It is a fact, supported by documents archived at the Government Printing Office, that the United States military procured some 30,000-40,000 sawed-off shotguns which it used to guard German prisoners of war during WWI!

If that’s not a “militia use” could you please explain to me what would qualify?

Not only did Miller (the defendant) not appear at the Supreme Court and thus not render an argument (in which it can be presumed this would have been raised!) but in addition he was shot to death before the decision and as such the remanded proceedings never took place.

Now let’s add onto this: It is a fact that semi-automatic rifles with magazine capacities of more than 10 rounds, flash-hiders, pistol-grips, forward grips and various other accessories and “features” are factually militia weapons.  So are semi-automatic pistols with more than 10 round capacity; indeed, they are issued today in such service.  The very argument used by the gun-banners is the claim that these are “military-style” weapons when they press their argument for registration or a ban and yet it is those precise sorts of arms that Miller held were protected by the Second Amendment!

Therefore, even if we accept Miller as the test then it is facially unconstitutional to propose any law to require registration of, say much less ban, any such firearm.

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

Indeed.

Who will speak against clear and obvious usurpations? Did you know, for example, that in the Miller case an intentional factual falsehood underlay the decision of the court and that the defendant never presented an argument before the court and thus could not refute it?

Did you know that the remanded proceedings that were ordered never took place?

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would do in fact grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

When do we, the people, stop sitting for expedience and demand things be right instead?

There is a lawful means to change the clear language of The Second Amendment.  There is a lawful means to ensconce a right to health care in the Constitution.  There is a lawful means to make illegal the use of recreational drugs (we once understood this with alcohol and then ignored it — for expedience.)  There is a lawful means to constrain the 4th Amendment and make being groped by the TSA legal.  There is a lawful means to constrain your right to travel using the common means of the day and require driver licenses.

That lawful means is to amend The Constitution.

There is no other lawful means; all other methods are in fact law-breaking and, when proposed by or passed by Congress, openly seditious in their character.

It is often said that hard cases make for bad law.  It is precisely for this reason that The Constitution is extremely difficult to amend.

It is difficult and yet that is the required process because we are not a Democracy; we are a Constitutional Republic in which the rights of all are protected from the demands of the majority.

Even if it is a screaming majority.

The Second Amendment, along with the First, Fourth and Fifth, stand as guardians of freedom.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom of religion.  The fundamental freedom to remain alive, and to retain that which you justly earn through the fruits of your own labor.

America’s very foundation in fact contains the right to remove and replace its entire government should it become necessary — should that government ever disrespect those rights that each individual has been endowed with by his or her creator.

The Constitution can only be understood in this context — the context in which it was written following The Declaration of Independence, and in which the signers (and many others) then proceeded to fight and die to preserve and protect.

So to restate and emphasize:

The Declaration was not of rights to be given by government but of unalienable rights that no government has the authority to regulate, delegate or control as it never possessed them in the first instance.

The Constitution was not a declaration of rights held by the people, it was the opposite.  It was a declaration of a very few things that the government had the ability to control and regulate, delegated by the people, reserving everything else.

And the entirety of the Bill of Rights was the absolute requirement of the founders to sign off and accept The Constitution.  Without each and every one of them the Constitution would not have been adopted, and as such they are inherently part and parcel of the original document and can only be lawfully modified in one way — through the Amendment process in Article V.

So let’s ask the inconvenient question:

Why guns? 

Why was the Second Amendment so pivotal as to occupy the second place in the list?

It is precisely because The Gun is the single instrument that man has devised that renders equal the weak and the strong, the young and the old, the male and the female.  It makes the gay man the equal of the half-dozen homophobes in a truck taunting and threatening to drag him behind it with a rope until he dies.  It makes the 90lb woman the equal of the 225lb would-be-rapist.  It makes the 60-year old shopkeeper the equal of the 18-year old iron-pumping thug.

And finally, and most-importantly, it makes the people, individually and collectively, the equal of the government.

The founders understood that without unfettered individual ownership of firearms there is no such thing as a Constitutional Republic.   There is instead “democracy” — which is best described as the bigger or more-numerous you are the more rights you have.

This, of course, means that if you’re small, frail, unpopular or singular….

You have no rights at all.

The gun-banners would have you believe that the Second Amendment is some quaint notion — an anachronism.  They claim that “The Gun” is an instrumentality of violence and death; that its primary purpose is to kill people and that’s what it mostly does.  They point to the 10,000 or so homicides with guns a year in support of this.

But these people not only ignore reasonably-recent history, including Nazi Germany, Rwanda and many other instances (indeed there are 200 million people, nearly all disarmed, that governments have murdered outside of “war” in the last 100 years!) but they also ignore the very facts of today.

The fact of the matter is that of those 10,000 homicides about half are black-on-black violence committed by young black men against other young black men.  Many are in fact “mutual combat” over something that we rendered illegal unconstitutionally (mostly drug-related), thereby removing their access to peaceful means of settling disputes (the courts.)  And worse, the highest prevalence of those crimes are found in places where it is nearly impossible for a law-abiding citizen to be defensively armed.  Those victims pay with their lives for the unconstitutional laws that have been imposed upon them.

That would be bad enough, but that’s just the beginning.

We don’t see the national media attention raised over defensive uses of these weapons, but it happens all the time.  98% of the time the gun is never fired and a huge percentage of these incidents are never reported to the police, as there was no victim, no violence, and no property of materiality was lost or damaged.  The person who intended to commit a violent felony, however, was deterred from his action and decided not to proceed based on the mere presence of that firearm.

Think about this folks, because it’s the real reason that the anti-gunners hate the Second Amendment.

The presence of a firearm deters the aggression that would otherwise take place about a million times a year in the United States, and in nearly every case the weapon does not have to be fired.  The mere possession of the gun is enough.

Those who argue otherwise could, but never do, place a big sign on their door saying “I am unarmed; I don’t believe in weapons.”

Why do they demand of you what they will not take upon themselves?  Why is this sign not on the White House door — and that of the Obama daughters’ school?

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We all know the answer — they claim to be superior to you.  To have rights which to you are privileges.  To do what you cannot, because they are rich, powerful, or otherwise “better.”

But here is in fact the punchline, and the reason that Feinstein and others want to ban or otherwise restrict guns in any way, shape or form, no matter what they claim in public.

It is the true reason that all the gun-banners, including Obama, Biden, Bloomberg and the rest lie and obfuscate in an attempt to whip you into a frenzy:

If you are a government actor intent on violence against the citizens of this nation then it is clear from the evidence that you are and will be deterred by the presence of heavily-armed citizens so long as they continue to be present in America, even though they never fire a single shot at anyone, exactly as happens in the private sector between law-abiding citizens and criminals every single day — more than a million times a year.

Heavily-armed citizens can only be persuaded through the use of reason, not force, and the more-heavily armed they are the greater the differential between aggressor and victim is that is neutralized.

The Second Amendment is not about revolt; that’s the last resort, not the first, that comes with being armed, exactly as is shooting the felon is when a citizen is armed and a common criminal threatens.

As in the 98% of civilian cases, it is the deterrent value of the mere presence of millions of heavily-armed citizens that constrains the imposition of unconstitutional laws that disrespect the people’s unalienable rights, whether that comes from a standing formal “army” or a hyper-militarized police force.

If you want to change the Second Amendment then do it through the formal amendment process, where the full and fair nature of the debate, including this fact, will be brought out into the open and against which those in the government who wish to propose such a thing will be forced to defend.

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Old Acquaintance

Looking back at this year, many amazing things happened.  They far outweighed the bad.  Even looking forward and the uncertainty of the next year politically, socially, culturally, and financially, I have nothing but praise for God for all the blessings He grants me every single day.

So looking forward, despite the uncertainty, I have great hope in another blessed year.  Whatever may come… I will walk forward into the next year with faith in His grace and faithfulness.

May the Lord of all creation grant you the same.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

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For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

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Need

One of the questions being blasted over the airwaves and over print media has been “why does anyone need an assault rifle/high capacity magazine?” (My apologies over the use of assault rifle per my previous rants on this misnomer).

This is a difficult question to answer as the sort of person asking the question either has not thought through the ramifications of their premise, nor are they knowledgeable enough about Constitutional construction, modern firearms technology, or lethal force application principles to be involved in the discussion anyway.

How do you answer their question sufficiently in a way that they will understand without belittling their lack of information or understanding?

Christ often used parables to insert a thought into the minds of men who were either incapable or unwilling to know and understand the Truth if presented openly.  What follows was inspired by a number of similar writings on message boards and hopefully conveys this concept in a way more commonly understood than by those of us who have taken the time to learn not only where we stand, but why we stand there based on facts and historical writings.

The authors of the Constitution were extremely forward thinkers.  They understood when they put pen to paper to write our foundational document that they would not have all of the answers.  They included things like the amendment process in order to allow the document to be modernized and changed while still preserving the integrity of it and the principles it codified.  They also understood that they would one day die and it would be up to others to interpret that document to infer those principles as time and technology advanced.  They wrote extensively in the Federalist Papers of the Constitution and the first ten amendments to it (which are the Bill of Rights) and how those should be understood for common men and for future generations.

Now, the United States, with all of it’s component parts, side-by-side systems and hierarchical structure is fairly similar to a computer.  The Constitution is the computer’s operating system.  It provides the framework for all of the computer’s potential to be put to work.  All of the various laws and bureaucracies are like computer programs – some are big, some are small, but they are supposed to work with the operating system to enhance the computer.

The founders understood men to be fallible, so they codified the First Amendment, our right to freedom of speech, the press, to assemble, to petition the government to tackle our complaints and fix the problems we have with it.  The First is like an antivirus and firewall on a computer.  It protects the inner workings of the computer from malicious programs or data packets that would damage it, one of the regular programs, or the operating system as a whole.  The founders considered it to be the first line of defense against corruption and destruction of the computer of the U.S.

Imagine your computer, what is the first program that starts after you turn it on?  The operating system.  The second is the antivirus and firewall.

What happens to your computer though when something invades through the firewall and disables the antivirus?  What can you do?

There are a few options remaining.  You can wipe the system, reinstall the operating system, and essentially start completely anew, but having lost a great deal of time and irreplaceable data.  Terrible damage was done, but all was not lost.  That is what the Second Amendment to the Consitution is for… it codified the right, that the founders understood to be possessed by all by virtue of their very existence, to keep and bear arms (more on this momentarily).  They understood that the computer needed a way to defend itself as well and that if the very programs that defended the computer, such as the antivirus (freedom of the press), were co-opted to work for the malicious program, then a built-in defense mechanism would be necessary.  That mechanism needed to be sufficiently powerful to be able to overthrow the rogue programs and files, beat back the original malicious program, and basically do a system restore to the “computer.”  It’s dirty, annoying, and takes time, but some malicious programs are that mean.

But, do you really need a rifle that can shoot thirty times before reloading?

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.

Noah Webster

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.

Patrick Henry

The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals…[I]t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.

Albert Gallatin

The right of self defence is the first law of nature…. Wherever the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.

St. George Tucker

No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people

William Rawle

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story

The arms intended by the Constitution are such as are suitable for the general defence of the community against invasion or oppression.

Thomas Cooley

So the next time someone asks why you need a thirty r0und magazine for your evil black rifle, don’t belittle them. Educate them on why.  Use a metaphor if you need to, but let them leave the conversation with a deeper respect of the reason why.  If you can break the framework of their thought process a little, you might just find them able to better understand the truth differently phrased.

Or simply ask them why they seem to want the return of feudalism or the rise of centralized totalitarianism so badly?

Violation of Second Amendment liberties is part of a comprehensive program to centralize political power and to overcome the ability of citizens to use the ballot box to resist the extension of this centralized political power.

Gary North

Standing in the Gap

Once the gap of arms between the government and the people is great enough, such minor matters as civil rights cease to matter much to the rulers.

Oleg Volk

The NRA

As I read elsewhere, the NRA has come out strong.  Below is the transcript for the press conference held this morning.

http://home.nra.org/pdf/Transcript_PDF.pdf

Protection

Due to recent events nationally, I have focused more on the world than on God as of late and for that I apologize.  One of my stated purposes for this collection of short essays and thoughts is to throw the truth and the Truth out there.  While I have focused much on the events in Connecticut from one week ago, I have tried to keep it balanced with my desire to ensure that the Truth is heard.  In light of that, I will close my thoughts on the matter today because while it is easy to focus on evil, to dissect it, to prescribe cures for it, it is impossible to eliminate for me, for you, or for anyone else because it is a force beyond our comprehension.

How do we protect against evil if we cannot understand it?  How can we protect against more slaughterings of children in schools if we cannot understand why someone would target the most innocent amongst us?

Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.

Proverbs 2:11

So what is this understanding that we need to have in order to be guarded?  The pat answer is that we need an understanding of God’s saving grace and the Holy Sacrifice made by Christ.  Beyond that though, what is the understanding that we have to come to?  My take on it is that evil resides in the world and that no action of man will ever halt evil from striking where you think you are safest, or in this case, where people believed their children to be safest.

Why?  Isn’t that the significant question we always ask after any tragedy?

To that question, I say that there can be no answer that you will understand on this Earth.

I’m at war with the world

And they try to pull me into the dark

I struggle to find my faith

As I’m slipping from your arms

It’s getting harder to stay awake

And my strength is fading fast

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When I first wrote on the atrocity and the outpouring of hate in a world that we want so desperately to be filled with love, it was with the distant observation of someone familiar with the love one feels for their children and how such a sudden traumatic blow would shake me to my core.  This was the killer’s objective – to not strike at the children, they were merely his targets, but to strike at that fundamental love that we share for our children.  Evil used that wonderful Godly blessing of love as tool of destruction within us.  It threatens to destroy more of us too as the post-atrocity time-frame focuses on how to prevent the next atrocity, which is foolhardy to believe that we, as humans, have any capability to do as the ways of evil come easy to us on this fallen world.

How does one protect from an atrocity of another?  It is as difficult to stop a mass murdered intent on a high body count unless you are willing to open your eyes to the evil at work throughout the world.  If you can perceive it and recognize it for what it is, then you have a vital tool at how to protect yourself from it.  Notice I refuse to consider the concept of prevention as I firmly believe that no preventative steps we take will ever be enough as the gross majority of mankind will follow the rules, play within the boundaries, and not go to extremes in order to maintain a stable world in which to live.

You can station armed guards and metal detectors at a school.  They themselves will become the first targets of opportunity as they are limited in number and can be overcome, especially in the event of a planned multiple attacker event such as Columbine or Beslan.

You can ban guns entirely and try to confiscate them, but the knowledge of how to make them remains.

You can lock up everyone who ever made an idle threat or anything construed as an idle threat, but at the cost of a free society and any semblance of personal liberty remaining.  This alone will not stop an atrocity as the rational person would just remain quiet and not broadcast their intent beforehand.

You can go so far as to search every person entering the building, station  tactical response teams on site at every school, and regulate firearms out of civilian ownership and yet, atrocities will happen.  They will happen with knives, swords, and bombs.

In the end, no preventative steps we take can prevent evil.  It always gets to take the initiative, while we must be ready to respond anywhere it could feasibly strike.

How best, can I as a father, protect my family in the face of these threats?  Despite what the world tells you, the responsibility is mine and mine alone.  I am ultimately responsible for my children and my wife and will answer God in regard to the discharge of my duties.  Will I say that I turned a blind eye toward evil?  Will I say that I looked evil in the eye and told it to keep back?  Will I say that I surrendered the tools of the mind and the body to provide for their safety and security to someone who ultimately is not responsible for my family’s safety?  Will I abdicate my rightful role as the guardian-redeemer of my family?

If I love my children and my wife with all of my heart, how can I not take every step available to me including that of taking up arms in their defense against the evil of the world?  Other men may look at me and scorn my decision to take that stand, so be it.  I answer to God, not men.

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

John 17:15

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5:8

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,

no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91

What do we do in the face of inspeakable evil?  Ride out and meet it.

Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.

Nehemiah 4:14

Man’s Laws

“Your mistake was believing in man’s laws over God’s laws.”

Reprinted in entirety below.

I want to tell you about my recent death. I will be brief, because I know there are many other stories to be told about my tragic day. I hope that my death brings about the the type of conversation that will help to prevent more unnecessary deaths of teachers and children, or of any persons caught in similar circumstances.

I was a normal person. I liked many of the things that you like. But mostly I loved my children and I loved teaching them. That is what I was doing four days ago on the day that I died, when a man out of his mind attacked us in our sanctuary.

I am sure you already know most of the story, so I won’t reopen that wound if I can avoid it. However, the part that you may not know about, and never hear about is the fact that I was prevented from protecting myself and my children. That’s right, the school board, the state, and the federal government told all teachers including me, that so long as we were on school grounds that we could not defend ourselves against a deranged person, hell bent on killing us.

When the man came into my room armed with a rifle, we were huddled in the corner. He shot me with a rifle several times, the bullets easily passing through my body and through several children behind me. We didn’t have a chance. The inadequate training we received to combat such a person or situation failed. I know you will mourn our deaths, and you should. But when you get to that point of being mad, ask why we were not allowed to defend ourselves? Ask how it is that an unarmed school teacher can be asked to defend themselves and the children under her care against an armed aggressor? Why don’t they ask police to be unarmed and defend themselves against aggressors?

So far, it is nice here in Heaven. We are not beyond The Gates yet – the line is very long. We do have many people from the other side of The Gates who have come out to help us with the transition. Some of them are familiar faces to us, and some are not. Some are helping us grieve, while others are helping us to understand our new reality, but all of us are happy. It is impossible not to be happy here.

I met a fine young man from the military shortly after I arrived here. He is not from this era, but one long before my time. He presented me with this computer so I could write this to you. It was funny when he saw the expression on my face and said, “we have a very special Wi-Fi connection up here.” I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s obvious they have dealt with this before.

I asked him what he wanted me to write. He told me to write whatever I wanted. We both sat silently for a while when he suddenly asked if I had any questions. As I started to speak, he indicated that he could not answer any questions about the other side of The Gate, so I just asked his name.

“John Smith,” he replied, still looking forward at the children standing patiently in line. “I fought and died in the Revolutionary War.”“I am sorry,” I replied. “Why are you sorry?”“Because you died fighting in a war…a very horrible war,” I said to him, the tears starting to well. He was so young. “So did you,” he said as he turned his head to look at me. “That is why I was sent out here for you.” “What?” I said incredulous at his false assertion. With calmness and much love in his teenaged voice he said, “I know it is hard for you to see, or even believe, but you and I fought the same kind of war for the same reasons. The difference is I volunteered for my war and wore a uniform and you did not volunteer. Even your children,” he rotated his eyes towards the line of six and seven year old angels standing in front of us, “fought the war.”“I don’t understand.”“I died in 1778 fighting under George Washington. I was fighting for the Liberties granted to all men by God that had been stolen from us by King George and the British Crown…”

I was a school teacher. I had to cut him off before he went too far. “I know these things, John. I taught school remember?”“Yes ma’am, but did you know about all of the tyrannous legislative Acts imposed upon the people?” “Sure. There was the Stamp Act and the Tea Act that eventually spawned the Boston Tea Party,” I responded. “Yes ma’am, but there were many more, both before and after those most infamous ones. There was the Sugar Act, the Currency Act, the Quartering Act, the Declaratory Act, the Townshend Revenue Act, the Boston Non-importation Agreement, the Boston Port Act, the Administration of Justice Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, Quartering Act of 1774, and the Quebec Act. This was the government’s way of stripping the God Given Natural Born Rights of mankind in the new colonies. These are but some of the things that added to the fuel that became the Revolutionary War. The ‘shot heard ’round the world’ were the attempts by the redcoats to kidnap Sam Adams and John Hancock as well as deny the use of arms by capturing gunpowder.”“That’s all well and good Mr. Smith, but I still don’t understand why you believe I am fighting a war too,” which was more of a question to him than a statement. I was feeling like I was back in school myself.

John continued, “It is not just you, but tens of thousands of you fighting the new Revolutionary War.”“No. You’re mistaken, Mr. Smith.”“Do you believe the Revolutionary War was a good fight? That is was worth the cost?”“Well…yes.”“Do you believe we could have won that war if our motives had not been Just and Right in the eyes of God?”“No. But they were Just. You and your men were fighting for our freedom from unjust laws imposed upon the people by a king across an ocean,” I told him, showing him that I had retained my education about the Revolutionary War. “Do you believe we could have fought a war against the redcoats had we been disarmed?”“Well, of course not!”“Then why would you believe that you could defend yourself and your children against a gunman with no arms yourself?”

I was shocked and dumbstruck. I didn’t believe such a thing…or did I? No, I know that I didn’t believe such a thing. That was ridiculous. My head was spinning. How could he make such an assertion? He doesn’t know me…

“Then why were you unarmed?” he asked softly. “What!?” Could he hear me thinking? “If you don’t believe that you could defend yourself and your children against a gunman with no arms yourself, then why were you not carrying a gun?”“We can’t carry guns in school!” I wanted to be mad, but I couldn’t be. Not in this place. “Says who?”“Says the law.”“What law are you speaking of? God made no such law. God gave you the Right to defend yourself and those in your charge against such aggression,” he stated, still speaking softly. “The laws of the country and state say that schools are ‘gun free zones.’ They even have signs all around the school.”“How did that work out for you and your children?” John asked as he got up and walked away.

Before I had a chance to answer or call him back, a woman on the other side of me, who I never noticed before addressed me.

“He’s right. You were fighting a new war, along with many others who have now passed on. There are still others fighting it now.”“I still don’t understand how I was fighting a war. And who are you?”“It is probably better that I don’t tell you who I am. The news media painted myself and others like me with a broad brush in order to turn the people against us, and I was killed in a fire holding my children. But like you, we were unwittingly fighting the same war.” “Exactly what war is that?” I wanted to know. After a brief pause, she looked up at the line of children, took a deep breath and began, “the war to retain the Rights and Liberties God gave you when you were born…”“I have all of my Rights. What are you talking about?” I interrupted. “Yes ma’am, you do have them, but you don’t practice them for fear of retribution by your government,” the unknown woman said. “No, I did everything I wanted to do.” I told her. “Did you?”“Of course I did,” answering her rhetorical question. “Ok, I believe you. But let me ask you this. If you had to do it all over again, would you have taken a gun to school with you this morning?”“Well…no. I would have gotten fired.”“So it is more important to you to keep your job than your life, or to preserve the lives of those children?” she asked. “What? NO! That is not what I was saying.” I had to pause and collect my thoughts. “I am saying that I am not allowed to have a gun at school, and that if I had taken one to school, and used it to defend myself or the children, that I would have been fired and most likely put in jail,” I restated to her. “My question still stands. You would still choose the shackles of tyranny over the life of yourself and your children. You feared the retribution of government more than you fear the retribution of God,” she said as she looked towards The Gate. “No. That’s not true. I couldn’t…There was no…The laws don’t allow…” She put her hand on my shoulder and looked at the side of my face as I stared at The Gate, “You don’t have to answer to me. God knows that Adam Lanza killed the children, your co-workers and yourself. But he also knows that you chose to follow man’s laws over His laws, for which twenty beautiful children now stand at The Gates waiting their turn to get in, and He may want an explanation for that.”

I went cold. I was numb. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I turned to look at her, but she was gone. As I turned back to The Gate, I saw a police officer and an older military man approaching me. I wondered what was going to happen now.

“Ma’am. We know you may be confused. Maybe even reeling a bit. Sometimes the truth can be harsh and painful. We hope to help you through a little bit more of it,” the police officer said as he neared me.

They each took a seat on either side of me. It was only now that I realized that we were not sitting on anything at all, just air. Maybe that explained the comfort. I wasn’t ready to hear any more, but I was certain they were going to deliver it anyway, even against my objections if I chose to lodge one.

“I’m Officer Tally, and this is Sergeant Munson. We wanted to help you understand a few more things about this morning.”“I am not sure I can take any more guys,” I said meekly. “You can. You’re stronger than you realize,” Sergeant Munson tried to reassure me. “I don’t know about that.” Officer Tally started, “You were taught to put your faith in men like us. Men who volunteered to step in harms way to protect and defend the defenseless, and we gladly did so.” Sergeant Munson continued the thought, “But what they did not teach you was the part about you taking the personal responsibility for yourself in the event we cannot make it in time.”“…and we generally cannot make it in time,” Officer Tally finished. “I don’t understand.” Officer Talley continued, “Using this morning as an example, several people were already dead or injured before the call to police came in. Even though an officer was on the scene within one minute after receiving the call, serious damage had already been done. A mass murder had already been committed in that short sixty seconds. Even after officers entered the building, they saw the gunman enter a room from the hallway. Before they could make it to him, he was shooting teachers and children.” Sergeant Munson continued the conversation, Had the teachers and staff, including yourself had guns for defense of yourselves and the children and the proper training to use them, the outcome would have likely been much different. The teachers and staff would have been able to attack the shooter from multiple angles and ended the hostilities long before they reached these dimensions,” he was gesturing towards the line of happy children who were talking with other children who had come out from the other side of The Gates. “But…”“There is no but,” the Sergeant calmly stated. “We know what you are going to say, and those measures don’t work against someone who is intent upon killing. Taking guns and weapons away does not prevent mass murderers from committing their acts of violence, it only prevents the unarmed people from properly defending themselves against such people. Connecticut has some of the most oppressive and strict gun laws in the United States, and still the massacre happened there, not in Alaska or Wyoming where gun laws are minimal.” Officer Tally put his arm around me and said, “There was an Assault Weapons Ban that started in 1994 and ended in 2004 that prevented the sale and manufacture of certain types of guns and magazines. There is also the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968, but none of these laws prevented Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold from committing mass murder at Columbine High School in 1999. In fact, they broke multiple federal and state laws in the planning and executing stages of their killing spree. Not a single one of the man made laws stopped them, or prevented them from killing twelve children and one teacher that day. But had the teachers and staff been following their Natural Born Rights to self-protection that day, maybe things would have turned out differently.

On the computer screen in my lap an article appeared. It was an article about mass murders by knife and bomb. Most of these occurred in places where guns had been outlawed. The Osaka School Massacre grabbed my attention, because I noticed that it involved children the same age as mine. The man had used a kitchen knife to murder 8 children and seriously wound 13 more children and two teachers. There was also a story of a man that killed 8 children with a knife at another elementary school. The list was very long, with many different ways that killers had adapted to the laws of the land to use what was available to them to commit their crimes, including knives and explosives.

Officer Tally pointed to the screen, “most people forget that one of the worst mass murders in history was perpetrated by men with box cutters. They were able to kill over 3000 men, women, and children. What would have happened if multiple people on those airplanes had been following God’s laws by carrying guns for self-protection?”“Explosive decompression?” I said rhetorically. “That’s a myth,” the sergeant said, “unless you were talking about the terrorists suffering from explosive decompression, and then you would be correct.”

I wasn’t, but I let it go.

“Your training wasn’t adequate for what you encountered,” Officer Tally continued. “Your systems of defense were also inadequate. The only reason Adam Lanza didn’t kill more people isn’t because the doors were locked, it was because he didn’t know what he was doing.”“Didn’t know what he was doing? He killed all of these people…and me!” Officer Tally calmly forged ahead, “Had he known what he was doing, he would have brought the shotgun with him and shot the locked doors off of their hinges. With the shotgun, he could have done some serious damage and easily gotten though every locked door with little fanfare.”“Even worse,” Sergeant Munson jumped in, “had he carried a gun that had more power, like the type most hunters carry, he could have shot straight through the walls, even if they were made of cinder block.” I was stunned, “guns can shoot through walls?”

A video of a man shooting a rifle at a cinder block wall popped up on the computer screen. The first round punched a hole the side of a fist in the wall. The second round made the hole the size of a head. It only took a few more rounds for the majority of the wall to collapse. “Yes, quite easily. That is a video of a man using a common hunting rifle. So just having ballistic locked doors and cinder block walls won’t stop a determined assailant. Only equal or greater force will,” Sergeant Munson finished. Looking at her beautiful children, “So we were doomed no matter what?”“No. Not if you, the other teachers, and staff had been armed and had been even minimally trained. You would have been able to confront him with bullets instead of harsh words, because there was nothing you were going to be able to say to stop him,” Sergeant Munson said. “Your mistake was believing in man’s laws over God’s laws,” said Officer Tally. “But we have to follow man’s laws…the Constitution,” I rebutted. “No. God’s laws, and mankind’s Natural Born Rights existed long before the Constitution, long before the existence of the United States, or the nations of Europe, even before mankind learned to write. Man’s Rights are not given or guaranteed by governments. They are not subject to negotiation, dilution, curtailment, distribution, or removal by any man or government. They are YOUR Rights, given to mankind as a gift of Life. Only mankind can protect them, not governments.” I didn’t have anything to say. Everything they were telling me made sense. I was personally responsible for my own life and Liberty. It wasn’t up to anyone else nor any government. I died because I had voluntarily relinquished my Right to self-defense, not because the police had not come to rescue me in time. They would never had made it in time.

“You gave up more than your Right to self-defense, you just didn’t know it,” said a new voice. I looked up and noticed Officer Tally and Sergeant Munson were gone. “I did?” I asked, looking up to notice a vaguely familiar face that I couldn’t place. “Yes.”“In what way?”“Would you have publicly criticized your school’s superintendent or the chief of police, if you had had a problem with them?”“Of course not?”“Why not?”“Because I probably would have lost my job?”“So you feared retribution for speaking freely. You gave up your Right to speak your mind,” the now more familiar man said. “OK.”“Would you have driven your car without a license, or registration?”“No,” I answered. Realizing he would ask why, I went ahead, “Because I would get a ticket, or have my car towed, or be jailed.”“So the threat of government punishment kept you from doing it?”“Well…yeah.”“So you allowed the government to convince you that driving a car was a privilege; that it was a requirement to register your car and have a license to drive it. There you gave up your Right to free travel upon God’s earth. Why did they not register horses and wagons, and require licenses?” I was feeling exasperated, “I don’t know.”“Because the government could not convince people that riding a horse was a privilege,” he said. “I could go on, but I think you get the point.”“Yes. I get it: I am dead because I relinquished my God Given Natural Born Right to defend myself in lieu of a false belief that the police could do it for me when seconds mattered. I was not as free as I thought I was because I lived in fear of retribution from my government if I broke their laws. I was put in this unfortunate position by an overbearing government who forced me to choose between my job and my Liberties. And….what am I supposed to do with this information now…now that I am dead?”“Well, when I was killed in a school murder spree over a decade ago, they didn’t have independent blogs like they do now. The internet was not as wide spread as it is now. You have the opportunity to continue the new Revolutionary war from here, at least for a little while. Because of the deaths of these beautiful innocent children, you, and your coworkers, there is talk of more laws that will only weaken other teachers and people of the world like yourself. You have been shown that no law will prevent a mass murderer from doing their evil, but that it will only result in more deaths of innocent people who have been hamstrung by their governments if they further restrict the God Given Rights of self-defense through ill-advised legislation. It has never worked. It never will work. Gun free zones are only free of guns in the hands of people who would stand against a murderer. Write your story. Tell the people that they must not tolerate the reduction of their Rights to adequately defend themselves. Convince them that had you been armed, less people would have died this morning. Show them the Truth, because once seen, the Truth cannot be unseen. The man started to walk back to The Gates.

As I was letting his words sink in, he turned and said, “if no one has told you yet, we have special Wi-Fi up here.”

So what’ll it be: man’s short-sighted knee-jerk laws or those of God Almighty?

Arms

The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.

Thomas Paine

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

Patrick Henry

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

Edmund Burke

There Is Hope In the World- Let Us Cling To It

This is fantastic.  Regardless of where you fall politically, this is a perfect response to the atrocities we so often face in this short life.

There Is Hope In the World- Let Us Cling To It.

There is no evil great enough to dislodge you from Him if you do not allow it to do so.

Empty Air

The following is the testimony of Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Joy Scott.  Rachel died at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  Mr. Scott was invited to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Subcommittee.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death.

Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”

Mr. Scott makes a fantastic point that must be reiterated.  You cannot legislate or outlaw evil.  You must combat it.  You must prepare for it, but you cannot rid the world of it because it entered the world because of our refusal to obey God.  When we took on the mantle of kingship for ourselves by thinking that we know better than Him, we took on a responsibility that we could not and will never be able to handle.

You can pontificate.  You can preach that guns are the problem. You can point your fingers at the pharmaceutical industry and pharmatropic drugs.  You can point out the skeletal remains of our mental health infrastructure.  You can point your finger at legislators, Presidents, Governors, Mayors, or any other governmental official, but until you recognize that the ONLY solution to the human condition is found in the person of Jesus Christ, you are only deluding yourself.  What you should be doing is pointing the finger at yourself, because ultimately only you are responsible.

Emotions after tragedies run high.  Rationality flies out the window.  All because we have had the wool momentarily pulled down from our eyes and can say the evil in the world, if only for a short time.  We react in a kneejerk fashion every time because we assume the mantle of God in knowing good and evil and how to control the latter and promote the former when in reality we know nothing at all.

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