By Ronald R. Cherry, MD ~
Our Founding Fathers were not “Living in Fear” as they engaged in the liberating strife required to defeat the awesome military power and violence of the British Monarchy and Empire during our War of Independence. The same was true of our father’s and grandfather’s generation as they fought tooth and nail against the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War II. We have a new enemy today – Totalitarian Mass-Murdering Political Islam – and we are not afraid.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”
As Christians we are obliged to love our enemy, yet at the same time we are obliged – the Bible repeatedly instructs us – to hate and if necessary destroy evil as it confronts us. The last direct instruction of Jesus to his Apostles and followers, the night before he was crucified, was to buy swords for self-defense.
“And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and bag, and sandals, lacked you anything? And they said, nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his bag: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
Jesus knew that after his time on earth was done the Apostles and other followers would be placed in harm’s way, and Jesus did not want them to die at the hands of their enemies prior to an effective spreading the Gospel of Christ. Luke 22, 35-36 is the Christian 2nd amendment. Jesus was Himself a pacifist, but he did not order us to be pacifists. Notice that when Jesus instructed us to not resist an evil person and turn the other cheek He was referencing social conflict, not life-threatening mortal conflict. Some Christians are called to pacifism, but the vast majority of us are called to physically defend our own lives, and the lives of our families and or neighbors. Do not allow the Christian church to be perverted into a pacifist suicide cult.
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“What we hear today in our media [and in some of our churches] is that because of the latest terrorist incidents, Americans are buying guns because they are “fearful,” “frightened,” “panicked,”… The “fear” hyperbole…discounts the attitude, innovation, practicality, and determination of the American people. It encourages terrorists and their leaders. If Americans are that fearful, then terrorism is succeeding, for that is the terrorists’ first goal: to terrorize us, to weaken us, to make us afraid and incapable of defending ourselves.
Americans have listened carefully to President Obama, Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. They have concluded that the top administration of their federal government has failed in its primary Constitutional duty to protect them and their families, in this case from Islamic Jihadist terrorists… On December 10 on Fox News Network, government intelligence analyst Philip Haney reported that a program he had been working on, which probably could have gotten us early information about the San Bernardino terrorist cell and prevented this massacre, was shut down three years ago at the behest of our State Department. Why? Because, Haney states, the program was profiling Islamists, and that was forbidden… What is worse, the administration has clearly indicated that except for making it more difficult for Americans to obtain guns, it has no intention of changing its counterterrorism tactics which up until now have failed to protect Americans from Islamic Jihadist terrorists… This is the administration’s promise: our future will be worse than our immediate past.
FBI Director James Comey and others in federal law enforcement have testified that they are unable to vet effectively the legal alleged refugees who are entering the United States. There are also gaping holes in our multiple visa programs which allow additional enemies into our country. Americans understand all this. We also understand that our state and local law enforcement agencies and their dedicated personnel cannot stop terrorist attacks that have not been discovered in advance. Even with a short response time by local law enforcement, those attacked will usually be dead before the police can arrive to help them.
Americans are concerned, possibly even a bit worried. They are not frightened, however. They are not scared to death. They are not quaking in their boots. They are not frozen into inaction. They continue to do what they have been doing since the beginning of the Obama administration. They are preparing to protect their families and themselves, by themselves… by buying guns in record numbers, taking instruction on how to use them properly, and are being issued their concealed carry permits. They are not barring the door, but are getting ready to carry and use their weapons to defend their homes and the people in them, and themselves and others when they are out. And they are going about their regular business. They are not hiding. They are not locking themselves in.
There were four shooters at the concert hall in Paris where well over 100 innocents were murdered. The shooters emptied their magazines into their victims, reloaded, and then continued to repeat the process. Citizens are not permitted to carry sidearms in France. Had there been 10, five, or maybe only two armed and trained patrons and/or employees with handguns at the venue, the four killers would have been taken out, probably at their first reload attempt, and there would have been many fewer victims. The same concept is applicable to the San Bernardino attack. Two shooters that time. A few armed citizens would have cut them down quickly, and the body count of the victims would have been much lower.
I recall watching a news clip from London a year or two ago. An Islamist demonstration march had taken place, and the marchers had vandalized a synagogue along their route, taunting neighborhood Jewish residents. The synagogue’s rabbi was speaking to the media, saying he had been to the police, but that the authorities informed him that they could not protect his synagogue. He was afraid, and he sounded hopeless. My American-informed first thought was, “Where are your guns? You are going to need them.” But in Britain as in France, ordinary citizens are not allowed to carry guns. They have no defense against individual terrorists or against a mob of them. They, and all ordinary British citizens, are helpless.
President Obama and his minions want to disarm Americans. They want all our guns, and they are trying their best to strangle the Second Amendment. Now there is news that President Obama plans to issue yet another executive order to worsen that strangulation. Our conclusion is that the goal of the President of the United States is to render helpless the citizens he was elected to protect. Americans recognize the dedication of professional intelligence officers in our counterterrorism centers and equivalent installations, and the dedication of the whole of the American Intelligence Community, and the best efforts of our first responders. At the end of the day, however, when all else fails, we all are the tip of the spear. Like everything else in life, it is up to every individual to do the protecting. Americans understand, and the government will not have their guns.”
A version of this piece previously appeared on http://www.renewamerica.com