We’ve got a gem for you to start the week with.
It’s from a 52-year-old physician from Tennessee, pictured above.
From Bobby G…
I watched a video of one of your training sessions. It is Sunday morning. I read today’s church readings. I cannot help but be ashamed for you who have fallen so far from the teachings of all major religions. Training specifically to kill another human being has to be the furthest thing from Christian behavior I can think of. I am appalled. There are only 21% of Americans who own guns. You are a very dangerous fringe group and you really should be stopped. There can be no love within you, only hate. Dear God, this country is doomed as long as we think people like you have answers. Stop living in fear. See the goodness of the Lord. Practice acceptance and stop spreading fear and hate. Know how many mass shooting there have been in Australia since they bought back guns and required proof of need to obtain a replacement? ZERO.
God bless you to find His light and His peace in your life.
Mr. Naese wrote a rebuttal, which is more than I would have done on my day off.
Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not the enemy here.
I am, in fact, a Christian, a regular church goer, and a regular Bible reader.
Jesus told his disciples to sell their cloak if they had to to buy a sword.
Jesus made a whip of cords and used violence to eject the moneychangers from the temple.
Peter cut off the ear of one of the people who came to arrest Jesus. Jesus stopped him, not because defense was wrong, but because he knew he had to be arrested to fulfill his saving purpose.
The Roman centurion was converted to Christianity, and all his family. Nowhere in that story does it say that he then gave up being a centurion; and the job of a centurion was… to train to kill other human beings, and do so when commanded or required.
And let’s not forget all God’s people who did His will in the Old Testament.
Samson killed 300 Phillistines with the jawbone of an ass.
Elijah ordered that 450 prophets of Baal be slaughtered, and they were.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the killing, by God’s servants, doing the will of God, in the Old Testament.
Speaking of killing other human beings, I take it from your message that you don’t believe any of our police or soldiers are Christians? Are they not “Training specifically to kill another human being”? I know in the case of the military that’s exactly what they are training for.
In the case of the police, they train with weapons to save their lives and the lives of innocents.
Just like we do.
Your number of 21 percent of Americans that own guns is wrong; the low estimate is double that.
Whatever the percentage, it’s definitely not a “fringe” thing. It’s a mainstream thing.
“You are a very dangerous fringe group and you really should be stopped.” Stopped by who, Bobby? By the government? By people with guns?
For someone who doesn’t believe in the use of force, you’re perfectly willing that others should force us to stop teaching about the usefulness of guns and the meaning of the Second Amendment.
But I guess that only the First Amendment is important to you. No, wait, that can’t be right either. Let’s see, I suppose you would be okay with freedom of religion. But the rest of that pesky First Amendment, I guess we’re not entitled to that, either. Freedom of speech? As long as we don’t claim that self defense is okay and that guns save many more lives in this country than they take. Freedom of the press? I’m guessing from your missive that that would be a non-starter as well, being as we use a website and a newspaper to advocate our views. While you’re at it, better get rid of “right of the people peaceably to assemble”. Guns Save Life has been assembling peacefully for 18 years or so, and GSL Defense Training for about 14 years. Not one incident of violence against another person has ever been recorded at either of these venues (although a lot of paper has been perforated at GSL Defense Training classes).
“Stop living in fear.” Bobby, I don’t live in fear. I live in confidence that I can defend myself, my family, and other innocents if need be. Disarmed people live in fear. They have to depend on the goodness and Christian charity of others. The criminals, by definition, offer neither.
The police and soldiers who defend you, including your Constitutionally protected right to the free exercise of religion, defend you despite your apparent opinion that they are heathen bastards (remember, you’re the one who said that “Training specifically to kill another human being has to be the furthest thing from Christian behavior I can think of”).
Check the violent crime rate in Australia since the gun bans. It has gone through the roof.
“God bless you to find His light and His peace in your life.” I appreciate that sentiment, and in fact, God has blessed me abundantly, and I have found His light and His peace. I’m relatively healthy, gainfully employed, and have a wonderful family and many wonderful friends. God has blessed me with the ability to teach, and given me the tools and opportunities to teach others to defend their lives from those who would do evil to them. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people no longer live in fear because of the opportunities I have had, along with many other fine instructors, to teach them the legal, moral, and ethical use of force.
Bobby, instead of watching a 3 minute video and making wild claims that we should be stopped, why don’t you come to a Guns Save Life meeting? You have three opportunities, in three different cities, every month.
Or better yet, attend one of GSL Defense Training’s classes.
What you’ll find are some of the finest people that you will ever meet (and a lot of them, I’ll wager, are Christians to boot!).
I’d write more, but it’s Sunday night; I worked 12 hours today, and I have to get ready for next week, when I get to teach another 40 students that…
Guns Save Life.