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Robert Engle overcame and saved lives at a Tennessee church

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The adrenaline that pumps through our veins and causes us to take action is known as the “fight or flight” reflex. This is a base instinct that can’t be overcome no matter how civilized we become, and no matter how much some people think if we just don’t resist an attacker they will leave us alone. Most of us choose to flee when a gunman opens fire and we are unarmed and defenseless. A much smaller percentage of us will confront an attacker and embrace the “fight” aspect of our natural instinct.

A young man by the name of Robert Engle was one of these when a Sudanese immigrant by the name of Emanuel Samson walked into the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee and opened fire with a handgun. The 22-year-old Engle, unarmed but with an instinct to defend himself and his fellow parishioners, fought with Samson until Samson accidentally shot himself. One person was killed and seven wounded in the shooting.

Personally, I applaud young Mr. Engle for his courage and his quick instinct. Everyone else ran or found somewhere to hide. This young church usher decided to fight, saving the lives of God only knows how many people in the process. No one was expecting this to happen when they went to worship that morning. Does anyone?

No. People really don’t expect attacks like these to happen, but we should all be prepared for them all of the time. There is evil in the world, and it’s not people who want you to pay for your own contraceptives or your own health care, and it’s certainly not the vast majority of police officers. It’s actually concentrated largely in many of the places the radical left considers heroes.

Think about it a minute. Islamists. Immigrant gangs. Professional athletes (yeah you guys can protest cops shooting thugs when you stop beating your women). Violence can come at us at any time. I’ve written a couple of articles on the value of the 2nd Amendment and I imagine I’ll write many more, but this isn’t one of them. What I want people to think about right now is simply being aware.

Perspectives

Usher hailed as ‘hero’ after stopping church shooter

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/usher-hailed-hero-after-stopping-church-shooter/8fvwvLJu9qHPRSSMAMuyFK/“I’ve been going to this church my whole life,” Engle said. “I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened.”

“I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing,” Engle said in a statement. “Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.”

Father of man who helped stop gunman during mass shooting says he’s proud | WZTV

http://fox17.com/news/local/father-of-man-who-helped-stop-gunman-during-mass-shooting-says-hes-proudWhen speaking about Robert Engle’s heroic actions, his father James held back tears and pride.

“I’m seeing my son’s face was covered in blood,” James Engle said. “I’m sitting here, thinking, ‘dadgummit, I think he got shot’.”

“Some of the people he was close to here have talked to him, and he said it was just an instinct– just a reaction,” Engle’s former employer said. “Just something he did out of impulse, which is not surprising. It’s just kind of who he is.”

Personal turmoil weighed on Nashville church shooting suspect Emanuel K. Samson | The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/09/25/personal-turmoil-weighed-nashville-church-shooting-suspect-emanuel-k-samson/699960001/At 10:01 a.m., he sent a message to his employers at Crimson Security Service saying he would not be returning to work. Within an hour, investigators said, he arrived at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in a hail of gunfire.

Now, police say, the congregation he once called home has lost a member at his hands.

Accused church shooter worked as security guard, was renewing li – KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

http://www.krtv.com/story/36455703/accused-church-shooter-worked-as-security-guard-was-renewing-license-before-shootingThe I-Team has confirmed that last Friday, Samson was taking a class at the Academy of Personal Protection and Security in Nashville in order to renew his license.

“He was quiet and nice,” said owner Buford Tune. “There was nothing outstanding about him at all.”

Final Thoughts

I wish we could get to a place where we could all just learn to live together in harmony, but until Christ calls us home someday that isn’t going to happen. Until then we must be vigilant at all times. Each of us must decide what that looks like for us.

I’m not going to tell anyone what they must do to be ready for violence when it does come. I will be happy to tell you what I do to be prepared.

  1. Except where it is disallowed by law (I avoid these places as much as possible) I carry a concealed handgun with me at all times.
  2. Carrying a gun isn’t enough. I train with it regularly. I’m actually a former military and civilian firearms instructor so I happily teach others to shoot as well. Training is essential. I don’t care if your eyes a Navy SEAL, you’ve NEVER had enough training.
  3. My home is always adequately stocked with food, water and supplies that would allow me to hole up for a couple of weeks or more if needed in the even of large-scale violence like we’ve seen in he past few years (although I live in Texas, not Baltimore, so that wouldn’t last long here).
  4. I ALWAYS pay attention to my surroundings. I’m not paranoid, but I know who is around me, and generally what they are doing at all times.

It’s really not that hard. It’s really not that much. Do whatever you feel is necessary to make yourself and your family safe in the event of something terrible happening. Statistically you better never need it, but if you do, won’t you be glad you took the time and effort to prepare? Rarely do you simply rise to the occasion like Robert Engle did, so be ready ahead of time.

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Intellectual ammunition, part 3: Armed with logic and a mistake by SCOTUS

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Intellectual ammunition part 3 Armed with logic and a mistake by SCOTUS

Is nuclear annihilation less of a threat than purchasing a lower parts kit?

In the third part of a multipart series, Gardner Goldsmith @gardgoldsmith of MRCTV addresses the issues surrounding Liberty Control, destroying some of the prevalent mythologies in the process.

Which is more intimidating: purchasing an inanimate object or the threat of gun confiscation?

In the beginning of the video, he asks the very pertinent question:

“Who engages in threats of gun violence, the civilian who owns, or attempts to own, a firearm, or the civilian or politician intent on passing ‘gun control’ statutes?”

Which is quite an interesting point in light of the comments from Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) who wants the government to make gun owners an offer they can’t refuse on their freedom. Rejecting said offer could see them and millions of other die in a thermonuclear style gun confiscation.

That threat being just the latest of the long list of over 70 instances of Leftists demanding gun confiscation. Note that number could easily be doubled or tripled if one were to account for the number of times those demands were syndicated or excerpted in other publications.

The video details the point that it is the people wanting to impose controls on freedom that are threatening violence – up to and including nuclear genocide. But perhaps if one if of the Liberty grabber set on the Left it’s possible that someone having a scary looking rifle is far more of an issue than the wiping out of an area via nuclear incineration with fallout contaminating everything down wind.

The illogic of so-called ‘Gun-free’ zones.

Further on he addresses question of whether the passage of more and more restrictions on freedom and setting up ‘gun-free’ zones keep people safe? Consider the scenario he proposes in how a mass murderer might select is his target:

And what of the idea that, practically, passing gun statutes will make areas safer? In Part One of this series, we looked at the real-world numbers on that question, but here is a logical argument to pose to gun-grabbers.

Suppose you are in a paintball game. You have a paintball gun, and you will win $10,000 if you enter one of three houses and, in five minutes, hit ten people with pellets. If you get hit by a pellet, you will have to pay $200,000… There are forty people in each house. In House One, you know that there is no one with a paintball gun. In House Two, you know that there are a few people with paintball guns, and in House Three, you know that there are many, many people with paintball guns.

Which house would you choose?

The answer is obvious. Let’s not be foolish about pretending that we would choose anything other than House One.

The logic of self-protection through firearm possession and use is irrefutable. The statistics of it are clear. The history of despots disarming citizens prior to destroying their lives is also clear, as is the history of what the Founders thought when they wrote the Second Amendment.

 

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When gungrabbers like Eric Swalwell say they respect the 2nd Amendment, don’t believe them

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When gungrabbers like Eric Swalwell say they respect the 2nd Amendment, don't believe them

It’s a lie. Every time, it’s a lie. Most leftist gungrabbers will add a note at the end of their gungrabbing rhetoric by pretending to respect the 2nd Amendment. They want you to think they’re pushing “common sense” gun control, because who doesn’t like common sense?

There isn’t a lick of common sense in any gun control measure. Anything that could have been considered common sense gun control, such as the Gun Control Act of 1968 that kept regulated interstate commerce to hamper mail-order gun purchases, have already been put in place. Anything going forward that appeals to common sense is unnecessary and damaging to the 2nd Amendment.

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) once said he respects the 2nd Amendment.

“I support gun safety measures, and I’ll tell you, I grew up in a family of gun owners and hunters, and I went hunting with my dad as a kid, and you know, I have deep respect for the Second Amendment and the culture of our country.”

His statements on Twitter yesterday said all we need to know.

 

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Gun rights activists: Stop acting like we don’t hold every high ground

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Gun rights activists Stop acting like we don't hold every high ground

Forgive me if I offend any of my fellow gun rights activists. It’s my intention to educate, not irritate. But I’ve become increasingly annoyed by arguments that play into the leftist agenda. We have the high ground. When you have the high ground, you don’t go down to the enemy’s level. We hold the high ground.

We hold the moral high ground. For every mass shooting incident that takes lives, there are dozens of stories that don’t get nearly the same attention but demonstrate how gun owners prevent crimes. They’re out there defending themselves and others from people who would do them harm.

We hold the intellectual high ground. Where do most gun crimes occur? Where gun laws are obtuse. Chicago is the shining example of how obtuse gun laws prevent citizens from defending themselves. How often do we see gun violence in gun free zones?

We hold the historical high ground. The first thing a government does before turning against its people is take away the people’s ability to defend their rights. One of the most common leftist arguments is that Americans have no reason to fear oppression from the government. This is a backwards argument as it has been shown on multiple occasions that the government was hampered from oppressing American citizens because of the presence of weapons. It’s naive to think the government would never try to oppress us. History shows they already have at times and certainly will again in the future.

We hold the constitutional high ground. This needs no explanation.

We hold the emotional high ground. This is hard for most to understand since it’s emotional responses to mass shooting that usually prompt calls for gun control. That’s exactly why we hold the emotional high ground. As long as we remain consistent and stop operating in the leftists’ emotional echo chambers, we can maintain control of the emotional argument. It’s easy for people to be affected by senseless violence, but that’s no reason to ignore common sense or logical discipline.

What gets to me is when gun rights activists start making arguments such as logistics. I cringe every time I see stats about how many AR rifles are owned. The argument that there are so many out there it would be impractical to take them away is ludicrous. It’s like saying, “You may be right to want to take away guns but it would be too hard.”

The push for gun control is gaining momentum. We cannot give the gungrabbers an inch. We don’t need to. Our arguments are righteous. The only way they’ll win is if we let them distract us and bring us down to fighting on their level.

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