“I have a very strict gun control policy, if there’s a gun around I want to be in control of it” Clint Eastwood
” An unarmed man can only flee evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing it” Jeff Cooper
A few facts:
Over 60% of all gun deaths in this country are suicides, and study after study has shown that there is no correlation between a countries suicide rate and gun availability. The United States ranks #48 in suicide rate behind Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Japan, Finland, and India, among others. Obviously most of those countries have stricter gun control than the US. And yet the Anti-Bill of Rights crowd ALWAYS includes suicide in it’s statistics of Gun violence. The fact is you can’t include gun deaths by suicide in the discussion of gun violence because people who want to commit suicide do it with whatever is available.
In 2016 Handguns accounted for the most used weapon in Murders, no surprise there. 7105 murders were committed with handguns. Handguns are the first weapon of choice for criminals, and for those who want to defend themselves from criminals for obvious reasons. Knives were #2 at 1604, followed by fist and hands at 656, and then clubs of some sort at 472, followed by rifles at 372. And remember not every rifle used in a murder was an AR 15. And yet even though your chance of getting murdered by a Calloway Nine Iron is higher than getting murdered by a rifle. We have a segment of society that is somehow illogically convinced that prohibiting a type of rifle will make a dent in the murder rate.
The reality is a gun ban that doesn’t include handguns would have no effect at stopping mass shootings. The worse school shooting in our history was committed with a Glock 9 mm at Virginia Tech. The simple ballistic fact is that a handgun would be a far more effective weapon of choice for someone with the evil intention of premeditatedly killing school children. I heard someone claim that a school security guard armed with a pistol, wouldn’t stand a chance against a school shooter with an AR 15. Perhaps that would be true on a football field, but in the close confines of a school hallway or classroom a trained individual with a pistol will have a serious advantage in stopping power, maneuverability, faster reloading and concealment.
The biggest reason for the AR15’s popularity is found in our history. When thousands of GI’s came back from WW1 they bought Springfield 1903s to hunt with. After WW II the M1 Carbine and M1 Garand were the most popular sport rifles. GI’s learned how to shoot those guns and came home and purchased them for protection and sporting use. The cycle was broken a bit in Vietnam because the M16 didn’t function that well. But it was restored again after Iraq war one. Again thousands of GI’s learned to shoot on M4’s and came home and bought the civilian version of them. I suspect it’s for one reason, they are good guns. accurate, reliable, modular and functional, which is generally what people look for in a gun. I bought mine after the LA riots. Law Enforcement abandoned that city and Korean shop keepers protected their homes and businesses with AR’s. The same scenario (need for an AR) occurred after Katrina and again in the Baltimore riots. When the cops leave, thirty rounds doesn’t seem like a lot of ammo.
Here’s why I believe that any proposed AR15/Assault Weapons ban would be a failure:
1) We already did it, tried it for 10 years, and it we saw a faster reduction in gun crime after we revoked it. How many times do we have to try something that doesn’t work before it fits the description of insanity?
2) High capacity magazines are the normal now and needed for self defense. The reality is the bad guys already have them, millions of them. This is why the police switched to Glocks after the LA shootout. We should never put ordinary citizens in the position where they are out gunned routinely by the criminal element in our society.
3) Even if we did ban AR15’s and were successful in confiscating every one of them (fat chance of that), we would still not make a dent in real gun violence. Like I said before your chances of getting killed by a Calloway Nine Iron may be higher.
4) Since it won’t work, the anti Bill of Rights crowd won’t stop there. I’ve already shown that mass shooters will still do their thing with or without AR15’s. So the next step and it WILL happen will be an attempt to disarm private citizens completely.
5) I don’t trust that only the government should have the “good” guns. No I’m not joining the militia or ANTIFA (both are armed anti government groups). But I do believe that there is a certain level of accountability to government with the knowledge that citizens that believe in individual rights are armed in this country. I also find it utterly irrational that the same politicians that support Black Lives Matter and seem to believe most cops are racist thugs on one hand, believe that only those same racist thugs should be the only one’s with guns. Please reconcile that piece of logical dung for me? Someone?
6) Laws don’t work, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have them. It just means that laws don’t prevent crime from happening, and shouldn’t be used to prevent crime, but to punish those who commit crime. Gun Free Zones or Criminal Empowerment Zones as they should be called haven’t prevented ONE mass shooting. CA assault weapons ban didn’t prevent San Bernardino, our ban on minors being armed didn’t stop Columbine. The only thing an AR15 ban would do is turn law abiding citizens into criminals for possessing something that have a Constitutional right to own.
“When people criticize Zionist they mean Jews, You’re talking Anti-Semitism” Dr. Martin Luther King
I am writing this post in response to a Palestinian brothers comments about the Trump Administrations declaration on Jerusalem found here: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/reasons-why-i-as-an-evangelical-leader-in-the-middle-east-dont-agree-with-trumps-declaration-on-Jerusalem.html
First I want to make this clear, I do not see Donald Trump as a great Christian leader or the Christian answer to America’s problems. Like the previous President I have no idea about his personal faith and will leave it up to God to judge, it’s frankly something I’m not equipped to do.
Second, I do not view the Christian relationship with Israel-Jews as a means of fulfilling prophecy. My father had a quote I use to love “we (Christians) love the Jews of the bible and the Jews of prophecy, but we haven’t met our Jewish next door neighbor”. While there is no doubt Christians are called to love the Jews and they no doubt have a special place in our faith, we are called to love all people. And I agree with Pastor Sara that when the Jews are oppressing someone we are called to seek justice as we are called to seek justice for all people.
I am a “Christian Zionist” because I believe it’s right, the right side of history. Being brought up in a family as a Jewish believer whose non-Jewish father helped to build the Jewish State in 1948-50 because of the burden God had given him for the Jewish people. I have always taken a special interest in the history of the area.
Most importantly to Trumps declaration of the capital of Israel being Jerusalem, It is non-sequitur. The fact that so many Palestinians find it offensive speaks to the hatred and mythological view of the history of the area. And the reaction of many world leaders and amongst some of the left speaks of rising anti-Semitism especially in Europe. Trump recognized reality, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for years. To not recognize it is clearly an act of hatred to the foundations of Judaism. Why should Israel be the ONLY country in the world in which it’s declared Capital (legitimacy) is not recognized? As far as the US embassy, like the Knesset there is no intention to build it in the old city. And the new city has not been under dispute in any negotiation as it has been part of Israel since 1948.
More importantly this decision is a reaction to the vile anti-Semitic resolution that Obama supported as he went out the door in the UN. That resolution which states that any Jew residing in Jerusalem is a war criminal would be the equivalent of saying that Catholics shouldn’t be allowed in the Vatican, and Muslims should be banned from Mecca. Judaism has been inexorably tied to Jerusalem throughout its history, it is certainly the “holy city” in Judaism. Every year the Passover ends with the prayer next year in Jerusalem. I don’t ever recall a passage in the scriptures directing us to pray for the peace of Tel Aviv.
Not only that, contrary to some questionable history being promoted lately. Jews have resided in Jerusalem through out its history, and as late as the 1880s were a majority (well before Zionist migrations from Europe) in the city. A city that at the time was viewed pretty insignificant by most of the population of that Ottoman Territory.
I’m not going to get into the history of the area, I do question the view of Brother Sara’s that Palestinians in the numbers he stated have resided in Jerusalem for generations. The population of the whole city in the 1905 Ottoman census was 36,000. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_Jerusalem
In short the Jews are the only people who have ever in history had Jerusalem as their capital, and the only people who have allowed people of all faiths to worship there freely. They haven’t called for a Muslim free Jewish State, while the Palestinians are still calling for Juden free Palestinian State. I believe in this case Trump merely recognized reality, and the morally correct reality.
A good friend of mine recently posted an article about No Go Zones in Europe and the US basically arguing that while there are high crime areas, they basically don’t exist. I responded and I’m not sure she understood my response.
I am not arguing for a Muslim ban in the US, although I think we certainly need to ban immigration from certain countries that are either failed states or allies with terrorists. But the issue there is not with the Islamic faith or Arabs in general. It is with the unreliability of those current governments to provide any kind of background information about potential immigrants.
My issue with Islamic immigration is not Muslims, it’s the failure of the West to value assimilation (we use too) over diversity. A recent pew poll of Muslims in Great Britain included the view that over 50% believe homosexuality should be illegal, and 35% believe Women should always be subservient to their husbands, 31% believe that Muslim men can have more than one wife. Another poll showed similar view on Blaspheming the Prophet (making it illegal) and religious conversion.
These are Muslims who have been in country in many cases for a couple of generations, and yet they don’t accept the Western Values of Freedom of Expression, Association, religion or freedom of the Press. Why? My argument is because we in the West no longer believe in them ourselves. The last administration referred to “universal values” frequently including in a proclamation after the Charlie Hebdo attack (for the record the writers at Charlie Hebdo would be prosecuted today under French “Sharia” anti blaspheme laws). But they failed to define them and in some cases apologized for them.
If we believe that Western Civilization is evil, or the cause of all of the troubles in history then assimilating others into Western Values is going to be impossible. IT IS NOW! While not perfect its Western Values that ended Slavery, brought the enlightenment, modern Science, Education, I could go on. We have leaders in all fields that not only appear to be ignorant of this, but in many case promote the absurd equality of all values.
Our values are not universal, there are One and a half billion people on the earth of whom about 30% believe that we should have capital punishment for Homosexuality, Blaspheme, or conversion to a different faith. Those beliefs are simply not compatible with Co-exist bumper stickers, and with one group having 4-6 children per couple and the other having 1 1/2 children per couple and apologizing for their values take a guess at who has the power in 20 years.
There will soon, probably within a decade be whole countries in Europe under Sharia law. And it won’t be the Muslims fault, it will be our fault because we didn’t stand up for our values, and sacrificed Assimilation to the altar of diversity. Western Civilization is ending, and it will be death by Suicide not murder.
A few quick points of follow up to my last piece:
I like Irony, perhaps it’s the reason my all time favorite band is Steely Dan. Occasionally Irony doesn’t get translated well on line, so keep that in mind, I wasn’t advocating an either or position. This is true even though parts of the last piece went over like a rousing rendition of “Old Rugged Cross” at Joel Osteen’s church.
Second, I was speaking about a specific genre of Worship music, the Elevation/Hillsong/Vertical/Jesus Culture church strain. Almost none of what I said applies to Urban Gospel. You certainly don’t see tracks/clicks/cues in most Urban Gospel, in fact it’s rare to see charts. I would argue that some of the best musicians in the world are holding down the chairs in the rhythm sections of Black Church’s. Urban Gospel isn’t without issues, but lack of emotion isn’t one of them.
Third, I was not advocating an either or position. There is no doubt that music that teaches the great truths of the faith is valid and has a place in worship. My argument was two-fold.
First, I think some of the modern music in this genre sacrifices quality songwriting for the sake of presenting doctrine. And as a result it fails at both goals. There are also some GREAT songs in this genre. A great example is “Ever be”. Your praise will ever be on my lips is a line you remember in a memorable melody. I’d like to see more of that frankly.
Second, there is something to be said for simplicity in worship. I think of the song “Give Me Jesus”. That song has a little bit of soul, to borrow a line from Kings X. The lyrics are simple yet incredibly profound, it grabs you, it moves you. I’m just saying I’d like to see more of that. Nothing wrong with teaching, but that song doesn’t teach, it PROCLAIMS! It doesn’t expound, if CONFESSES! Please give me more Jesus in our worship.
Fletch Wiley’s post on FB about click tracks and loops in Worship music got the wheels turning in the last couple of weeks. Fletch holds and it is arguably true that worship teams don’t learn to play with each other when they use tracks, they are playing to the tracks. And many times what happens isn’t creative spontaneous innovation but instead is mindless play the part duplication. It limits musicianship and turns worship teams into “worship cover bands”.
I also suspect that in our new Church-lite millennial services singing “Holy Spirit you are welcome in this place” should come with the tag line, you’ve got thirty-seconds between the greeting and the video.
But to me the real issue is twofold. One, the Hillsong’s of the World and leaders of this new worship movement have really put an emphasis on current pop concert production values. The problem is they can do it with an extravagant multi-media light/smoke/effects/synced video presentation that even some wealthy churches can’t recreate.
The issue is, it is these modern production values often, and not the song and the music that move the audience-congregation. For the record that is a great thing, there is nothing wrong with leading people into worship with a well set up multi-media experience.
And it may work at a Hillsong, Vertical church, or Jesus Culture event but it’s very hard if not impossible for the local church worship cover band to recreate. So what you’re often left with is a worship cover band without live mega concert production trying to fill a gaping hole in creating an atmosphere of worship.
The second thing I’ve noticed is many of the songs themselves lack the hook and easily sung phrasing and lyric flow that allows a someone who is unfamiliar to sing along without really concentrating on getting it right.
The music leader at my church talks about “teaching with songs” and that is certainly one legitimate place our music should take us. But, a church goer taking in great theological truth isn’t as likely to emotionally connect as someone thanking or praising God for his work already accomplished. While singing a creed is good, and no doubt has its place. It won’t take us to the emotional place of sensing Christ’s great love and Sacrifice, or God’s faithfulness, mercy, and compassion. Those things should stir a deeper place. We should GET LOST in them as they become real too us.
We need good theology and I’m not in any way disputing that we should be sure our music is doctrinally sound. But as Charlie Peacocks song says “you can only possess what you experience, truth to be understood must be lived”. Our songs need to take us beyond understanding to experience. And in many cases the simplicity of a chorus that proclaims Gods goodness is more useful for a body to come together in praise and worship. I recall the simple Bill Gaither Hallelujah, one Word, three chords, it’s easy to get lost in that.
What I’m saying is I believe we need a bit more confession in our songs like proclaiming God will bring us “thru it all” and remembering that “we learned to trust in Jesus, learned to trust in God, and depend upon his word”. We need to be moved recalling what God has already done for us. Andrae Crouch got it right, we need the simple truth that “can’t nobody do me like Jesus”.
David was MOVED, and danced when he saw the Ark of the Covenant being brought back, it embarrassed those around him. But David didn’t care, he was lost in Gods glory. I think its time for us to get emotional about worship.
Here’s my feelings about the Puthers on the Alt.Left from the fake news sites like NBC and the NY Times:
1) Does anyone get the logic (or utter lack of it) of these people? They are claiming Trump won the election because the American people were given too much information that proved our suspicions about their candidate being two faced, unprincipled, power hungry and greedy . In other words if our suspicions weren’t confirmed by the TRUTH we might have been fooled into voting for her. To paraphrase Barak Obama “she will say ANYTHING to get elected”. Their essential charge is the Russians tried to steal the election for Trump by telling us the truth about Hillary. A duty the fake news sites gave up on a long time ago.
How many of them recall that a certain Barak Obama won his Senate seat because the sealed court records of both his Democrat primary opponent and his Republican Senate opponent’s divorces were leaked during the campaign (a felony)? I don’t recall Huffington claiming the Chicago Tribune (David Axelrods former employer) stole the election for Obama. To the Alt. Left when there is a damaging revelation about one of their opponents they scream Freedom of the Press and the publics right to know. Wether it’s Daniel Elsburgs Pentagon Papers or Newt Gingriches private phone conversations. When Wikileaks was presenting information damaging to Bush the source didn’t matter. Double Standard much?
2) Wikileaks confirmed the long held suspicions of many that MSM outlets like CNN, the NY TIMES, and NBC had openly taken sides in the election. There is a reason Americans don’t trust these fake news outlets any more because they aren’t TRUSTWORTHY. The MSM ranks below Congress in approval rating. Donna Brazil feeding Hillary debate questions before the debate is as bad as anything Brietbart did. The NY Times and NBC coordinating stories and giving the Clinton campaign veto power and the power to edit quotes by their news division is Info Wars, WND level Journalism.
3) Considering how apoplectic the Alt.Left and its enablers got after Trumps coment that he might not accept the results of the election in the debate. We now see that was a LIE too. More fake outrage by the Alt.Left. We have the Clinton campaign literally attempting to impugn the entire election and openly trying to persuade 30 Republican electors to disenfranchise millions of voters in their vote at the electoral college with the express purpose of delegitimizing the election. Even knowing that if the Election is thrown to the House, Trump will be elected President. These people don’t care about foreign powers intervening in our elections, they never have. It’s all about power to these people plain and simple, and if dividing the country, delegitimizing the Democratic process, and fear-mongering accomplishes it there all for it.
4) The more I watch this stuff play out the more I’m convinced that the reason the Tin Foil hat crowd on the Alt.Left hates Trump so much isn’t that they believe he’s a bit of a mysoginist (he is), Racist, Homophobic (absolute BS nothing in his history indicates this), Islamaphobic (perhaps). It’s because he stole their playbook.
Useful Idiots like McCain and dignified losers like Romney stood calmly by while the left and their propagandist in the MSM hurled lie after lie and insult after insult their way. Never demanding the Obama campaign or media apologize for obvious lies. Like Jonah Goldberg famously wrote” if everyone is Hitler no one is Hitler.”
The Irony is this is the same media that called Romney and McCain Hitler grabbed every sound bite they could of them criticizing Trump. Let’s find out what Hitler thinks about Hitler. They don’t do Irony well on the Alt.Left. Trump fought back, Trump said outlandish things about the other side (most of which were true). Does anyone honestly think McCain or Romney would have called her a Criminal? No chance, Trump did.
Did he make pronouncements he had no intentions of keeping? Yep. But I seem to recall Barak Obama doing the same. And he held the MSM media accountable. They lie, they distort, and no Republican candidate since Agnew ever took them to account for it. Candy Crowley lied for Obama as a “neutral” debate moderator, and Romney didn’t complain. The fact that she has a job for CNN says EVERYTHING you need to know about CNN.
And they are guilty of gross negligence. A great example of it was the Wikileaks story on Clintons Goldman Sachs speeches. No one could say with a straight face that if the situation would have been reversed and you had Trump giving speeches to Goldman Sachs and promising them not to worry he’s still in their pocket. NBC, the Times and CNN wouldn’t have put a thousand reporters on that story trying to give us “information” about Trump.
In the end I voted for Trump reluctantly, I have doubts about his proclaimed faith, I have doubts about his character, I have doubts about his trustworthiness. But at this point I have NO DOUBT that I did the right thing pulling the lever for him. The alternative was truly a “Nasty Woman”. And Michael Moore who is right about once a century was right about this one, the Media and the Crony Corporatist Democrat party deserve the middle finger for what they’ve been doing to the country.
“Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I’ve been everything you want to be” Living Color
People love to blame Nazi’s for Trump, they blame the Tea Party for Trump, they blame Fascist for Trump. But Trump is not original, he’s not different than the many populist that proceeded him including our current President who ran as all things to all people. There is one person to blame for Trump, President Obama.
Trump is a reaction, an anti-virus, and has many of the same voters. And it’s not as much a reaction to policy, although that exists. It’s a reaction to a government that is unaccountable, corrupt, and lives, proudly proclaiming the idea that laws are for little people. When the IRS is wiping servers clean during an investigation while it’s leaders take the fifth, an organization that can instantly demand seven years of your records and can’t keep a couple of years of their own, the corruption is more than just “a smidgen”. ANY private organization would have faced prosecution for what the IRS did,
Obama says Isis is contained, the JV team.
Trump wants to bomb their families
Obama wants to close Gitmo, and has released hundreds of terrorists back into the fight.
Trump wants to introduce torture.
Obama wants to bring in a hundred thousand Syrian immigrants.
Trump wants to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration
The terrorists attack in San Bernardino, Obama lectures us on gun control and Islamaphobia
The terrorists attack in San Bernardino, Trump wants to arm Americans, and doesn’t give a crap what Muslim’s think
Obama sees illegal immigrants as potential democratic voters.
Trump sees them as people who compete with Americans for entry level jobs, and drain government resources.
Obama sees illegal immigrants as potential democratic voters
Trump wants to build a wall
Obama sees illegal immigrant as potential democratic voters
Trump wants to deport them all.
Obama sees illegal immigrants as potential democratic voters
Trump sees them as Rapist, murderers and Drug dealers.
In the last two elections the Americans who pay more attention to the Kardashians than current events, And know more about Kayne’s CD’s than history voted for an untested Senator with an undistinguished record from IL who made a bunch of vague pronouncements. As great of politicians as Clinton and Reagan were they didn’t inspire the devotion of Obama. I don’t recall teen girls fainting at rallies and Journalists getting warm feelings up their legs for Reagan and Clinton. The Campaign prided itself in turning out “low information voters” (there words, not mine).
Well those low information voters turned out, they voted for Obama in droves. And they were disappointed in droves. If you don’t believe it, listen to Bernie Sanders. Those big banks, lobbyists, and multi national corporations are still as powerful as ever. Income inequality has increased, the middle class has gotten creamed and real unemployment is up.
Our government has lied to us, stolen from us, wasted our money, doubled the national debt, while not keeping us safe. Overseas, our friends don’t trust us, our enemies laugh at us and Iran is 150 billion dollars richer with our money. Are people angry? Damn right they are. Why not? I’ve heard it said that a vote for Trump is a middle finger to the government, by all means they deserve it. Is he the best choice to solve our problems? I doubt it, but if we ever needed an out of control bull to upset the China shop of our government elites now is the time.
And sadly I suspect he’s the best we’ll get from a generation educated in government schools. Sometimes a re-boot for a bad operation system isn’t much better than the system it replaced. Meet Cult of Personality 2.0