AK-47 obiter dicta

obiter dicta (Latin, pl.):  in passing + something said; i.e., something said in passing.

  1. I defend my home with an AK-47.  You got a better idea?
  2. One should never procure an AR-15 when he has the choice of procuring an AK-47.
  3. My dialing up 30 rounds from an AK-47 is better than you dialing up 9-1-1.
  4. What’s better than an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine?  An AK-47 with a 30 round magazine.  Make that an AK-47 with two 30 round magazines (or more).
  5. That’s not a bayonet.  That’s a letter opener.  Stand back and I’ll prove it.
  6. My AK-47 is not an assault rifle.  It is a response rifle, a hunting rifle, and a competition rifle.
  7. You do realize that an AK-47 is a foreign-designed, Commie weapon, and that in the hands of the right oppressor over there would have assaulted and overthrown America as we know it over here.  So what’s stopping them?  The 2nd Amendment.
  8. My AK-47 has killed one deer.  The surgeon’s scalpel has killed 10’s of millions of babies in my generation, with millions more children who will be murdered if abortion is not stopped.  My AK-47 has killed ONE DEER (with one shot).
  9. Would someone please tell all the children in the media spotlight to quit whining and crying about gun control?  While you’re at it, explain civics to the school kids, too, as they clearly didn’t get it in their public school education.
  10. I have beat on my AK-47 with a sledge hammer and vise to remove and replace a part.  Try that with your AR-15.  (PS – The part was aesthetic but still, try it on your AR-15).
  11. If you’ve read this far, I’ve nothing against an AR-15.  I’d own one, but I already have an AK-47 with all the trimmings.  Those of you who no longer want your AR-15s, please send them to me.
  12. If Davey Crockett would have had an AK-47 with high capacity magazines, the Alamo would have a different history to tell.  We might even own Mexico now.
  13. If bad guys have fearsome weapons (they do and always will), then I want to have more fearsome and fiercer weapons to protect my family, home, and country (and I do…  enter the AK-47 and the 2nd Amendment).
  14. Here’s how the safety on an AK-47 works:  1) NEVER point the gun at something you do not intend to shoot and would not ever shoot; 2) Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot; 3) Flip the safety lever to the fire position.  Two out of three are on you.  Well, actually, all three are on you because you have to make the conscious decision to take off the safety and pull the trigger.  So it’s not about the gun after all, is it?
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Offensive stuff for Independence Day and week

I just read THIS headline about Nike, Kapernoodle-Kaepernick, and their exploitation of patriotism and history.  Egads, people!  How many more Nike and NFL products must I now personally destroy, desecrate, or otherwise dispatronize (I made up that last word – if they can make up stuff, so can I)?

You go, Arizona.  You don’t need them.  And my state, Missouri, doesn’t either.  I guess we could cry foul over Nike’s and Kapernoodle’s misogynistic agenda.  Feminists need to stand up to this repugnant behavior against their own.  What?  Betsy Ross?  You know, she’s one of the founding mothers of the United States of America.  You know, the seamstress and artist and brave heroine of real, unadulterated history.  B-E-T-S-Y R-O-S-S.

USA Flag, 1

So Kapernoodle, here’s the thing:  Your hairdo could be an offensive symbol because of its perceived connection to the slavery era, to use similar wording of your own as reported in the The Wall Street Journal.  I can see the connection, of course.  Both, your hair and the slavery era, are sad things.  You do know that it (slavery) was abolished in America over 150 years ago, right?  And that at least 15 other countries still maintain legalized slavery today, right?  And that the current sex trade industry is by far the most serious slave issue in American history, right?  And that brings me back to your and Nike’s misogynistic agenda that is getting a free pass by feminists, liberals, and other anti-American culturalists.

Spirit of 76

The Spirit of ’76 (oil, 1875), by Archibald Willard (1836–1918). Originally titled “Yankee Doodle,” it now resides in Abbot Hall, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Eh, who am I to speak?  My manhood is likely an offense to Kapernoodle and Nike, but they wouldn’t know anything about that.  I’m sure my sarcasm is offensive, too, as cynical as it seems.

Pardon me while I stand for the 1st Amendment; for that matter, America altogether.

You see, my knees are not weak.

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Confessions of St. Augustine – insights

I recently finished reading Confessions of St. Augustine, (Albert Cook Outler, ed.).  Though from the late 4th/early 5th century, St. Augustine provides remarkable insights into the substance of contemporary Christian living.  Here are a few thoughts I gleaned from his thoughts:

  • Augustine naysayers nearly always point to his adulterous life before coming to faith in Christ.  Augustine himself reluctantly reflected on this yet with momentous thanks for the Savior’s forgiveness.  Augustine realized that he was far away from God “in the land of unlikeness,” and that God (alone) could change him into His likeness.  After he led his son, Adeodatus, to know Christ, they were baptized, about which he wrote, “And so we were baptized and the anxiety about our past life left us.”  Accordingly, there was a remarkable, if not miraculous, turn in Augustine’s life.
  • Augustine likened the occasional use of alcohol to gluttony, suggesting that even moderation was an equivalent sin.  He also equated the use of alcohol to a superstitious practice of paganism (i.e., clinging to a pagan practice while hypocritically displaying characteristics of walking with Christ).  Should you want to know how I feel about that, I would be glad to discuss this with you over coffee sometime…  after you read all the prophetic books in the Old Testament and take notes on how the use of alcohol was a death knell to God’s people.
  • Augustine wrote, “(W)ho else is it who calls us back from the death of all errors except the Life which does not know how to die and the Wisdom which gives light to minds that need it, although it itself has no need of light – by which the whole universe is governed, even to the fluttering leaves of the trees?”
  • Augustine observed:  People are curious to know the lives of others but slow to correct their own.
  • Augustine was an incredible philosopher and turned his giftedness into unequalled apologetics.  About time, he wrote, “In the Eternal…  nothing passes away, but the whole is simultaneously present.  But no temporal process is wholly simultaneous.  (All) time past is forced to move on by the incoming future; …all the future follows from the past; and …all, past and future, is created and issues out of that which is forever present.  The eternity – which always stands still – is itself neither future nor past, but expresses itself in the times that are future and past.”
  • He also observed this about time:  The time present of things past is memory; the time present of things present is direct exposure; the time present of things future is expectation.
  • Augustine suggested that men consider three things within themselves.  The questions behind each are those that I considered in the reading:
    1.  To be:  one life (What life are you living?)
    2.  To know:  one mind (What thoughts are you thinking?)
    3.  To will:  one essence (What spirit/Spirit are you receiving?)

Reading St. Augustine was an exercise in patience – the translated version I used was in the Old English vernacular (think, KJV).  I will admit that my motive for reading was two-fold.  First and most personal, my grandson bears Augustine’s name (Remington Augustine Hamlin – only my son Kyle could come up with something like that, and yes, he is an ardent reader of Augustine).  When he’s old enough, I want to be ready to instill in my grandson some great words of wisdom and challenge him to live spiritually, thoughtfully, manly, and victoriously.

Second, there were many other notes I made in the reading that I wish to share with others, especially men and boys.  These complement the faith and message that I embrace in the body of believers (my church) with which I associate.  Reading Augustine will definitely make one think and explore the Biblical texts.  I would wish for all, fathers especially, to read Confessions.

 

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The Genesis of Knowledge

When Adam gave names to the animals, was he endowed with some type of supernatural, divine ability to know the considerably infinite biological, if not esoteric, complexities of each creature?  Did he fully know the very nature of that which God created and gave into his care?  Let us remember that a “name” in the Biblical sense nearly always represented the essence of that which held title to the eponym.  Adam was looking for someone – something – suitable to be his mate, a created being that would be, or perhaps already was, his equal.  How did he know what he knew about that which God had created before creating him?

The naming of every beast was just part of the holy husbandry Adam was gladly inclined to undertake, at least until he found a female wife who would be equal to him and for whom he would most eagerly consummate a different kind of husbandry.  It was also God’s great pleasure which He declared to be very good (Genesis 1:31).  “Male and female” are not code words, they are coed words.

To be clear, Adam was not some kind of evolved caveman, dragging women around by the hair.  He wasn’t looking for a support animal.  He wasn’t even a carnivore.  He was the image of God, as are we.  He was the glory of God, as are we who believe.  He was a subduer of the earth, as we do (or at least should do with a great sense of holy economy).

Created from the beginning, Adam knew things, I think, that we sophisticated, smart men can only hope to know; yet one day will know when the Second Adam husbands His chosen bride into the reserves of heaven (I Peter 1:4).

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  (Genesis 2:19-25)

We might even ask other questions, like:

  1. How different was the new creation from what we have today?
  2. Were animals (flora and fauna) not as we know them now?
  3. Did the first man/men have supernatural characteristics about them?
  4. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam venture in searching for a mate?
  5. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve venture when God commanded them to subdue and dominate His creation?
  6. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve and their offspring venture?
  7. Was the seventh day, the day of rest, originally an eternal day made, as Jesus said, for man (Mark 2:27)?
  8. And more, much more questions, of course…

Just wondering.

 

 

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Calvinism is the New Circumcision

Calvinism:  The New Circumcision

I have convictional reasons to doubt, if not defy, the claims of Calvinists, that is, reformed theology.  My convictions are, as Augustine said in his Confessions, like a strong voice in my inner ear.

Resistance

There is nothing complicated about the Gospel – it flows from a fountain that is deep and wide, as we teach our children to sing.  It is beautiful and simple enough that even they get it:  Jesus died on the Cross for our sins, according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and God raised Him on the third day, according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4).  It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not John the Apostle’s, John the Baptizer’s, or John Calvin’s.  Leave it to our children, again, to understand that it is a message for everyone.

When asked (or inferred for conversation) if I am reformed, I simply say that I am transformed, as is the more Biblical way of God doing things.  I choose to not have my Biblical theology defined by a man, even if he has the same initials as Jesus Christ Himself.  I know Jesus, the Man of men, who is my Brother.  I know His Father, who is my Father.  And I am filled and moved by His Spirit, who is that strong voice in my inner ear.  I know not others these ways.

Circumcision of Abraham, Maître de la Bible de Jean de Sy, ca. 1355-1357

Circumcision of Abraham, Maître de la Bible de Jean de Sy, ca. 1355-1357

I don’t think through this lightly:  There’s a connection with the 21st century’s reformation pushers and the 1st century’s foreskin cutters.  Egads!  Yes, I dare to say it.  Calvinism is the new circumcision.  If you are not either one, you are not in the kingdom.  If you’re not reformed or Lawed up, too bad.  That’s too close for comfort for me.  The work of Christ on the cross is not a limited warranty; it is a lifetime guarantee.

Paul wrote about this in Galatians 5:1-15; not about reformed theology but about a deformed theology pushed by legalistic Judaizers (that’s an oxymoron if I ever saw one):

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.  And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.  You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?  This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.  A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution?  Then the offense of the cross has ceased.  I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

The requirement of circumcision for all believers was a yoke of bondage to Gentile converts, as were other matters of the Law that Paul had to sort out.  I do not suggest that the words “Calvinism” or “reformed” be substituted for “circumcision” in the Scriptures, but just like circumcision was a burden to Gentile believers, so is Calvinism, today, an unnecessary entanglement, another hindrance, and a distracting persuasion for saving faith.  To be just as sarcastic as Paul:  I could wish that those who trouble us so would even “unelect” themselves!

According to the prophet Ezekiel, God claims that all souls are His (Ezekiel 18:4).  Obviously, the prophet Ezekiel was speaking to the house of Israel; yet the prophet’s message from God extends to everyone, the Jew and the stranger among them (the Gentiles), the chosen and the unchosen (see Genesis 18:22 and its context).  For there is neither and there is all, as Paul told the Galatians earlier (3:28).  He gives each person – then and now – his own choice to repent and believe or reject Him and die; and as Ezekiel reported, He takes no pleasure in the death of the one who dies (v. 32).  “Turn and live,” God says.  Choose for yourselves (Joshua 24:15).  Methinks He wants all the glory from every soul who faithfully walks with Him on the way to heaven.  Certainly that’s better than souls dying all over the place and going to hell. There’s no glory in that.  In truth, rejecting Christ is an attempt to rob God of His glory.  (More on that in a minute.)

This is clear in Jesus’ parable of the talents where the Savior teaches an evangelistic lesson on how to populate the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 25:26 reads:  …You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  In context, God the Master gave His servants the task of investing in and gaining souls.  That’s our work, too, and it’s not ours to decide if a soul is worthy of Him.  All souls belong to Him:  those He’s sown or not, those He’s scattered or not (insert John 3:16 here).  The parable admonishes those who, shall we say, bury their evangelistic eggs in Calvin’s theological basket.  Jesus judges one like that to be wicked and lazy.

Knowing the whole truth that God reaps where He hasn’t sown and gathers where He hasn’t scattered, we must ask:  Who are these unadopted, uncalled, unchosen, unelected, unpredestined seedlings?  Who are these who are cultivated by the labor of His faithful followers (who just might be servants who are also equally un-anything)?  Heeding Jesus’ warning, I personally don’t want to be known as a wicked and lazy servant.  I see everyone as a candidate for the kingdom.

Yes, the words are used in Scripture:  adopted, called, chosen, elect, and predestined.  The compelling theology woven into these descriptors, though, is in God having sent His Seed to all seed.  Perhaps He sends His chosen ones to those He did not choose (again, see Genesis 18:22)?  Or His elect to the adoptable?  Or those who are called after those who have not heard the call?  Or those He predestined to those whose destiny brings Him no pleasure?  If either or all of these, that means, of course, that His election is conditional, His atonement is unlimited, and His glory is unspeakable.

And that, unavoidably, brings me to His glory.  God does not limit His glory.  He does not share it (except with the real J.C.), nor does He confine it or ignore it.  He always has it in view.  He fills heaven and earth (Jeremiah 23:24), and still His glory cannot be contained.  His glory never changes; it is always intact; it is fulfilled and displayed in the Man of men, Jesus Christ (see J.C. above).  Yet mere men are His glory, too, His image and glory according to Paul (I Corinthians 11:7 and elsewhere).  Because God’s glory cannot be limited, then election cannot be limited since man is His glory and since His glory is beyond measure.

God will not shoot holes in His glory (that’s not in the Bible but it sounds right to me).  His glory is perfect.  It cannot be made more perfect when men come to faith in Him yet that is glorious, too.  Men may choose to unglorify Him but they shall perish in their unpardonable sin.  That brings no glory to God but it does not lessen His glory.  To His glory, it is only by the unlimited atonement of the blood of Jesus that His men, His image-bearers, glorify God.  He glorifies Himself and is glorified through each saved soul in unrestrained, uncountable ways.  The more the merrier (that’s not in the Bible either but it also sounds right to me).

Perhaps the next time someone infers that I engage in conversation about or asks if I’m reformed, I’ll ask him if he is circumcised or uncircumcised.  That will either settle the matter then and there, or else start an entirely new discussion on the lack, length, or legitimacy of our foreskins.  That seems to me to be an equally, if not more controversial, Biblical conversation (at least it was for Paul).

Or maybe I’ll just say that I’m a seed of the Seed of the Most High God, not a seed of a wilted tulip.

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20 Takeaways for Men from the Chaos of Choosing a Supreme Court Judge

  1. Don’t drink.  Not a drop.  It will keep you from being accused of inebriated aggressiveness.
  2. Don’t party.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t go to gatherings and celebrations (okay, parties) with like-minded people, but that like-mindedness should be in Christ.
  3. Guard your virginity.  Guard it to the point that you can proudly announce it and can challenge others (men and women) to declare the status of theirs.  If someone wants to play the whore, run.  Also remember that virginity is not lost on a wedding night.  It is celebrated each and every time of sexual intercourse with your one and only (female) wife.
  4. Be passionate about truth and justice.  Jesus overturned tables.  You overturn lies and false accusations with zeal and righteous indignation, and a little attitude if you must while maintaining your temperament.  Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove – but even doves will flog their enemy at times.
  5. Don’t make a false accusation.  If you do, be prepared for a Godly man of integrity to fight back.  If you are the falsely accused, fight back.  See #4.
  6. Leave the dirt-making to God.
  7. Leave smear tactics and diabolical character assassinations to liars, cheats, liberal puppeteers, and baby killers.  Don’t be identified with that mob.
  8. Speaking of baby killers, oppose abortion with every fiber of your manly being.  Real men should not shut up.  Real men should not step up because they will already be at the forefront of protecting the lives of babies, the safety of little girls, and the dignity of women.
  9. Have nothing to do with a woman who does not act like a virtuous woman.  You’ll know who they are.  They support killing babies, finding a man guilty until proven innocent, misusing their God-given femininity, prostituting their virginity, and/or abusing others’ rights which they think belong only to them.  The Bible has a few things to say about angry and contentious women.  Learn that.
  10. Always, always, always be prepared and guard yourself for what comes out of the other side of a belligerent woman’s mouth.  Just remember, if she’s married, her problem is really her husband’s problem.  Have pity on him.
  11. Never, never, never trust a woman who has falsely accused you of an indignant or ungentlemanly action.  They will attack you again, and again.  Shut her up.  See #4.
  12. Stand up for hurting, endangered, vulnerable women.  Be the man in the fullest of masculine, gentlemanly ways.
  13. Don’t apologize for something that you did not do or is not your fault.  Don’t do it.  You can tell someone that you might regret the ordeal but don’t say you’re sorry.
  14. If you see other men acting stupidly, call them out.  So what if they’ll never have anything to do with you again.  Don’t be controlled by their stupidity or their wayward convictions.
  15. If you or your family receive death threats and/or other violent threats, carry a gun.  Be sure to do so in a disciplined, legal way.  That’s why we have the 2nd Amendment.  Oh, and carry a knife, have a baseball bat handy, keep your pepper spray fresh, and don’t pull punches.
  16. Walk away from trouble but if it follows you, fight back.
  17. Choose your friends wisely with the Bible as your compass.  Don’t roll the dice on your affiliations.
  18. Read The Constitution of the United States of America.  Often.
  19. Don’t think emotionally.  Think rationally.
  20. It is about religion.  It is about a relationship.  But more than anything, it’s all about the Lordship of Jesus in your life.

 

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The Liberals’ Cat is Out of the Bag, thanks to Brett Kavanaugh

The appalling, disgusting tactic used by puppeteering liberals recently to humiliate, besmirch, and defame Judge Brett Kavanaugh (you know, President Trump’s outstanding nominee for Supreme Court) gives us a periscopic, if not prophetic, look at a monstrous, sinister scheme that could already be in play.  And it’s lower than whale manure, nothing against whales, mind you.

Consider that since 2016, the good judge has been on President Trump’s list of potential picks for the Supreme Court.  Is it possible that liberals have already maneuvered to have in hand their evil ploys for destroying each person on that list?  They’ve had a two year head start to get all their dirty ducks in a row (as proven by the Ford/Feinstein letter), things like poor-me letters to lawmakers, allies to back up false claims, and premeditated time tables with which to release their foul devices.

That means that each prospective supreme juror potentially awaits the sifting of the dirt that currently abides in the garbage cans we know as liberal lawmakers’ offices.  Nothing against garbage cans, mind you.

Come to think of it, it’s a miracle!  Other than God Almighty, I didn’t know anyone else could make dirt.

 

 

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Hurricane Florence

I’m watching “live” weather tracking of Hurricane Florence even as I write this.  The way I see it, Flo’s damage and destruction are not going to be from her great winds or ark-inviting rains or lofty surge.  She’ll hit the Carolinas with all of that.  But her most devilish act will be to use her northeast to southwest rotation to sweep much of the stench and rot of Washington D.C. to more fairer, innocent, undeserving places.

I’ve never advocated for D.C. to be viewed as the swamp, as so many others do.  I wouldn’t wish that upon any lowland and its flora and fauna.  D.C. is a sewer, a septic tank bloated with brute beasts and vile vermin that prattle against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I’m personifying the District, of course, nothing against any of its fine, upstanding residents.

There is no life where babies are murdered in the womb and pretentious racism abounds.  There is no liberty where a Christian is deemed a villain and a heathen is declared a hero.  There is no happiness where working men struggle in their patriotic course while politicians jubilate in the working man’s struggle.

We’re (Americans) probably being hoodwinked into thinking that Flo will unite us, as past tragedies have tended to do, albeit temporary.  Flo will not.  We’re sorrowfully beyond that now.  It’s too predictable:  The blame for any of Flo’s antics will fall upon compassionate conservatives, probably even compassionate Christian conservatives (I can hear it now:  “Where is your God now?”).  And the Carolinas will be the proving grounds.

 

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Worry about Roe vs. Wade

It’s officially a big deal:  Another Supreme Court vacancy has jumped into the political scene.  A fairly conservative executive branch will likely appoint a judge who is conservative, a Constitutional originalist, and intelligent.

There’s worry, of course.  Of all the cases that are in jeopardy of being reversed or weakened, it’s abortion – the flagship issue of liberal-left puppets and puppeteers everywhere.  If you haven’t heard, Roe vs. Wade (1973) is the case that allegedly found that murdering babies in the womb – that safest of places for children – is fine and dandy.  Now, real, patriotic Americans have a chance to witness the abolition of abortion.

That worries liberals.

Yet for the last 45 years, it has really worried 50 million babies.


For a Biblical defense for life (and adamantly anti-abortion), go to:
This Gross Thing – on abortion

 

 

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Firearms: The Big Problem

There is a big problem with firearms in the United Stated of America.  But it’s only a problem for the emotional reactors to gun-related tragedies.  And it’s a problem for liberal, amoral agenda-pushers who, along with the reactors, are clueless about civics and push to disarm American citizens.  The thing is, disarming and other forms of arms control didn’t work very well for millions of Jews, Bosnians, Rwandans, Kurds, and Native Americans.  At least that’s the truth in non-revisionist history.

Many who have experienced the horrible tragedy of having been shot, shot at, or having a family member or friend shot, have one thing on their mind:  Take away guns from Americans and destroy them.  “We’ll then live happily ever after.  No one will get shot.  We’ll be safe.  Peace will settle in.  It will make everyone feel better about social interactions with others.”  The wise-as-a-serpent-and-harmless-as-a-dove patriot knows that this is a non-workable, wide-open door for giddy madmen to exploit.

This sentiment of arms control spreads quickly to those who sympathize with these victims of atrocity.  And the sympathizers dash headlong to speak or spew venomous lies about that which they know not.  They must do so, for as it is said, “If a lie is repeated often (and passionately) enough people will believe it.”  One cannot be an amoral liberal puppeteer if people have guns.  Let me expose their rationale:  Sympathization can lead to gun registration, then restrictization, then confiscation, and then ultimately communization.  I made up one of the words, but you get the picture.

Back to the victims.  They need time to heal, at least as much as can be made well.  We need to be the rational voice in this time of their distress.  And we need to stand guard against emotional, immature social engineering.  That means to not play into the liberal puppeteer’s hand nor affirm the immature rationale of children.

Some of us get it.  I, too, have had family members gunned down, and at least one friend.  In every case, the firearm leapt out the drawer or holster, loaded itself, aimed at my kin, and shot them to pieces.  It then went around looking for another family member to satisfy its cold-steel thirst for blood until no one was left standing.  Yep, that’s a gun for you.  Of course, I’m being sickly cynical, but doesn’t that paint the picture we’re presented by emotional reactors and liberal puppeteers?

Really though.  In one case (or more, we stopped counting after one) my family members were shot and killed by drunkards and druggies.  In another case, my cousins, who couldn’t fill the middle of this “o” with their combined brain matter, did the killing, which, by the way, maimed their own mother (who also slung lead during the family feud).  And my friend was gunned down at his school by a drive-by shooter.  So please don’t tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about.  (I hesitate to add that some nitwit shot at me during a dove hunt – I ducked behind a tree but still had lead shot bounce off my thankfully-heavy hunting jacket.)  Incidentally, at one time, I owned the gun that shot down my uncle.  After that deadly incident, I rescued the pistol and it lived a peaceful life until I traded it away for a more menacing firearm which has yet to fulfill the fatal fantasies of the gun-control/gun-constraint/gun-confiscate adherents.

This goes deeper than naive school children know and feigning adults admit.  It’s the societal-cultural structure that’s at fault, and which has been patiently and progressively pieced together in the last few generations.  It masquerades as a polite, humble worldview while in reality it is a vulgar, brutal regimen.  And now a younger generation blames people like me, and inanimate objects, and peaceful organizations (like the NRA of which I’m gladly a life member, and which has taught more children firearms safety than all other organizations combined) for the hostilities, mostly because these kids have been brainwashed to believe that the following issues are settled law, social norms, and sanctioned responses:

  • The Christian Bible has no place in the classroom.  Leave it at home or better yet, burn it.  It’s an embarrassing piece of fake literature.
  • Christian symbols are to be ridiculed and removed.  Unrelentingly shout down those who wear a cross or display a manger scene because they have no freedom of speech or religion.  Or just pee on baby Jesus.  It’s okay because that’s real free speech.
  • Speaking of Jesus, don’t.  But you are free to read and quote out loud Allah, Buddha, Malcolm X, Marx, Satan, Witch Hazel, and others who have earned your admiration and devotion.
  • Christian “convictions” are intolerable gestures by wacky religious hypocrites.  Don’t tolerate them.  Malign and censure them because they know nothing about toleration.
  • Christianity has no place in our society because there is a wall of separation between church and state.  Its public expression should be disallowed, with insolent action if necessary. According to the Constitution, we must suppress it.  (For the record, separation between church and state is not in the Constitution; and although the deist Thomas Jefferson mentioned it in a letter, the phrase was coined by the Christian Roger Williams in the 1600’s to describe a movement that sought to protect people from the heavy-hand of a government that wished to be head of the church.  What goes around comes around.)
  • Church shootings are not as important as school shootings.  Who needs those Christians anyway?  (My own observation is that there is not nearly the amount of call for gun-control, or any action for that matter, after a church shooting as there is after a school shooting, especially when the bad guy with a gun is stopped by a good guy with a gun as happened at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017 – and the good guy had a…  dare I say it…  an AR15 response rifle – note that it was not an assault rifle. And dare I say this:  An armed citizen took action there, much to the dismal contrast of four “highly trained,” armed law enforcement officers standing around outside a school in Florida while inside a madman was gunning down kids.  Egads, people!)

There’s more.  The societal-cultural structure now includes a huge wing that harbors, fertilizes, and caters to the devaluing of human life and the defense of immoral choices:

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Bullying (oppression or whatever you want to call it)
  • Narcissism (self-absorption)
  • Moral dissonance
  • Lifestyle demands
  • Arming children with violent video games, putrid music, dysfunctional families, crummy education, and sports idolatry while at the same time dishing out the ammo of alcohol, marijuana, condoms, revisionist history, and entitlements.

We’re now told, commanded, expected, demanded, forced, and legislated – under penalty of giving up our own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness – that we HAVE TO accept and condone murdering babies, and homosexual marriage, and trashing of our religious practices, and tossing out of our own Biblical and moral values.  Not to mention surrendering our right to bear the arms of our choice.

Talk about having a gun stuck in your face.

The bottom line is not firearms.  Thank God we have them.  Thank you Jesus that I have them (invading criminals and evil nations beware, school children and church-goers be glad).  The real bottom line – the BIG problem – is the culture of devalued life and glorified death that is now embraced and enforced from sea to shining sea.  Don’t believe me?:  It’s okay to joyfully go about murdering millions of children in the womb; oh, but let us be sensationally-sensitive to murdering dozens of children in the room.

Who really loves kids more than guns?

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