Fields of Grief and Joy

Years ago I stood in a quiet Pennsylvania field.  It was as beautiful that day as it was today, and as it was fourteen years ago.  I had my oldest son with me there.  He was just 3 years old and didn’t know why just being there was terribly difficult.  He didn’t understand the long granite path into a field that seemingly held nothing.  I didn’t tell him that day that free men and women died in that field not that long ago in the most recent shots of a clash of civilizations because he didn’t yet have the maturity to understand.  Funny thing is that the joy of taking a walk with his dad was infectious.

There was sadness and grief there, but there was also joy.  Joy in the bright sunshine and perfectly cloudless blue sky.  Joy in the quiet solitude of the field and the trees beyond.  Joy in the eyes of a child and the new place.

I have said before that I have learned so much more about God after becoming a father.  That day God used my son to teach me a lesson that I knew intellectually, but had never really thought through.

I knew the moment that I first saw the towers burning that Americans were dying at the hands of a mortal enemy.  I knew that moment that my life and everyone’s lives would change forever.  I was sad for my country and grieved the loss of life.  That grief turned to anger, as it did for many.

What I didn’t know was that God was setting me up for that day years later in that field – so that I might finally understand this:

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 30:11-12

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Bernie Sanders Calls for Sweeping Gun Ban That Would Outlaw All Self-Defense Firearms

Source: Bernie Sanders Calls for Sweeping Gun Ban That Would Outlaw All Self-Defense Firearms

The 2nd Amendment codified a pre-existent right to self-defense, born of our right to exist (all men possess the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). If you (as a government agent, or individually) elect to deny any of those rights, I have an intrinsic right that precedes the written Constitution to defend those rights with every tool at my disposal up to and including lethal force.

The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting.  It’s not about my right to keep a 12-gauge single shot in the closet.  It is about my right to say when you ignore my vote, ignore the rule of law, ignore the rulings of the jury and push and push and push until my life or liberty is threatened, that I still have the right to vote… with a rifle, a shotgun, a handgun, or whatever other force of arms I can muster to myself.  So go ahead, make your proclamations Bernie and voice your opinion, something tells me that when push comes to shove, the standard bearers of the palladium of liberty will meet you and your kind and you are deathly afraid of that fact.

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