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Self-Destruction or Self-Defense?

Posted on | April 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Matthew 10:16 (KJV)

“Turn the other cheek,” Jesus exhorted his followers, an excellent moral principle in terms of breaking the cycle of resentment and retaliation that has so often produced misery in human history. “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord,” and the faithful should avoid the pursuit of punitive reprisals for every injury or insult they may suffer.

Christian discipleship is a difficult path to follow, but history shows that a misguided commitment to “peace” can have tragic consequences. What was it that allowed Hitler’s conquest of Europe, except the idiotic pacifism of Neville Chamberlain and other advocates of appeasement? Whatever the Saviour commanded, certainly the Christian should not be such a fool as to become an accomplice of genocidal brutality, yet this is what happens if we make “non-violence” a principle that allows aggressors to imagine they will meet no resistance, or if we permit criminals to believe they will suffer no punishment for their crimes.

If we would be as “wise as serpents,” we cannot reject a common-sense understanding of human nature, including the reality that, as “sheep in the midst of wolves,” the safety of ourselves and our families cannot be guaranteed by hoping that the wolves aren’t hungry today. Even if we desire to be as “harmless as doves,” common sense suggests that in some situations, a wise Christian might want to keep a pistol handy.

Guns Save Lives: True Stories of Americans Defending Their Lives With Firearms is a book I highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand the value of the armed citizen in defending human life. The law-abiding gun owner has a deterrent effect even if he never actually uses his weapon because criminals prefer unarmed victims. A criminal who disregards the possibility that his victim might be armed isn’t likely to become a repeat offender, because his first mistake could be his last. For example, if you were a criminal looking to commit a robbery, would you choose as your target the Dixie Pawn Shop in Mableton, Georgia?

The owner of a gun shop who shot back against two armed suspects is speaking out after the incident, saying he had no choice but to fire at the men, killing one.
Bullet holes are still visible on the front on the Dixie Gun and Pawn shop [Dec. 26, 2016] after what detectives describe as a gun battle broke out earlier in the day.
Police said two armed men burst in Jimmy Groover’s store in broad daylight Monday and held the gun store owner at gunpoint.
“Get down on the floor, get down on the floor or I’ll kill you,” Groover recalled the suspects telling him. “Then they shot at me.”
What the men weren’t aware of is that Groover had a gun of his own. Feeling like his life was on the line, he pulled the trigger, shooting and killing one of the suspects. The other is still on the run.
Groover returned to his Cobb County business after the ordeal and showed detectives and family members how he pulled the gun off his hip to defend his life.
“I had no other choice. I had no other choice. I hate that it happened,” he told 11Alive. “I’ve been doing this 30 years. Nothing like this has ever happened. I never wanted this to happen but I want to go home at night, too.”

Was it wrong for Jimmy Groover to “want to go home at night, too”? If the meek are to inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5), they must survive long enough to receive their promised inheritance. How many crimes had these two robbers already committed before they tried to rob Jimmy Groover’s store? And how many more people would they have victimized if they hadn’t been stopped? Beyond that specific incident, how much more vulnerable to crime would we be if left-wing fanatics like David Hogg were able to disarm law-abiding Americans?


Criminals are cowards who prefer victims who are unarmed. They prey upon the weak and helpless, and what is America’s refusal to enforce its immigration law except an advertisement of helplessness which functions to summon predators from every corner of the globe?


Say hello to Yonel Hernandez Velasco, described by Sacramento’s KCRA-TV as “a transient with no ties to the community” who had a prior record for DUI and trespassing. Hernandez Velasco was hanging around a park in Auburn, California, when he attempted to kidnap a girl:

A father decked a man who allegedly grabbed his 3-year-old daughter in an Auburn-area park Saturday evening.
Yonel Hernandez-Velasco, 26, of Auburn reportedly had been acting strange about 7 p.m. in Regional Park in North Auburn. A group of boys playing basketball said Hernandez-Velasco twice asked them whether he could buy their basketball. He showed them a pair of handcuffs and told them he could handcuff one of them and drag them into the pond, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.
After the boys told him to go away, Hernandez-Velasco wandered up to a young girl, who was in the park with her family. He took the youngster’s hand and began skipping through the grass, the news release said.
The girl’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend were with their dog nearby and yelled at Hernandez-Velasco to stop. The boyfriend confronted Hernandez-Velasco and told him to let go of the girl, which he did, the news release said.
As Hernandez-Velasco began to act aggressively toward the boyfriend, the girl’s father ran up from a nearby apartment. When the father asked Hernandez-Velasco what he was doing, Hernandez-Velasco reportedly pulled the handcuffs from his pocket and wrapped them around his hand like brass knuckles.
Hernandez-Velasco charged the father, who punched him in the face, the news release said. When he came back at the father, the father punched him in the face again, and Hernandez-Velasco fell to the ground, where he remained until sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel arrived.
Hernandez-Velasco was taken to a hospital for medical clearance. A blood sample was drawn to determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the news release said.
He was then booked into Placer County jail in Auburn on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted kidnapping.

Turn the other cheek? What kind of sick self-hatred has America embraced in the name of “non-violence,” that our children are offered as defenseless prey to monsters like Yonel Hernandez-Velasco? A nation that is not willing to defend its borders against such invaders is a nation with a suicidal commitment to its own self-destruction. California has declared itself a “sanctuary state,” but for whom is it a sanctuary? Not for Americans or their children. California has become a crime-ridden statewide ghetto where no one’s life or property is safe, where illegal aliens are appointed to office by the Democrats who run the state.

Half of the 10 cities in the world with the highest murder rates are in Mexico. All of the top 10 are in Latin America, including two cities in Venezuela and three in Brazil. The highest murder rates for U.S. cities are in St. Louis (#13 worldwide) and Baltimore (21st worldwide). Does anyone think America will be safer — that crime rates will decrease — if we continue allowing millions of illegal immigrants to enter the country?

Liberals have convinced many people — the 65.8 million who voted for Hillary Clinton — that America is a bad country that doesn’t deserve to be defended against this invasion of foreign criminals. Democrats hate America and want to destroy it, the way they’ve destroyed California.

How long will America pursue the politics of self-destruction?




One Response to “Self-Destruction or Self-Defense?”

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