Skip to comments.I have a question. "There's always some dumb [bleep] that don't know me
Posted on 08/16/2011 5:35:26 AM PDT by marktwain
Booming business of fear: Sales of safes soar.
I have a question: How long will your safe protect valuables when a home-invasion gang is holding a pistol to your two-year-old daughter's head? There's a lot of guys who have some gold or silver tucked away on the top shelf of their gun safes. That's fine. But what I am questioning here is the belief that a safe -- and a safe alone, absent firearms and the will to use them -- can protect your valuables from predators. Even if it is a break-in while you are not there, they will discover the safe, conclude it has valuables, and come back later with a better plan and a bigger crew when you are home to open it for them and available for a little friendly persuasion.
There is a man up in Winston County I know who once had a meth addict try to rob his house about ten years ago. The meth addict did not survive the experience. He regretted having to kill the man, but observed that the predator's death had netted some benefits. "Bought me a heap of peace and quiet," he told me. I pointed out that he still carried, even when he was on his own property. "Well," he explained, "there's always some dumb sonofabitch that don't know me and ain't smart enough to take the time to ask around."
Safes are fine, I suppose. Vigilance, ability and a neighborhood defense plan are better. Building a reputation for those things doesn't hurt either.
Well, He is tougher, a better shot, much better at hand to hand.
But, I write better!
I have to deal with both everywhere I go, even at my church... The real friends ask me for advise, ask me to help them locate a specific type of gun, or schedule private lessons. The others walk uneasily around me as if I am a case of sweating dynamite that, if not handled properly, will explode. These are the same people that have never had any sort of physical confrontation with anyone in their life, and for some reason they often deem themselves stationed at a level "above" those that would resort to violence. Now... Of course, if on some Sunday morning some islamofacist decided that he would come into our church and take out a bunch of Christians, these same people would be looking to me and a few of my students to solve the problem for all of us... There are "sheepdogs" among the flock (pun intended.) If it ever comes down to it, we will take care of the problem should it occur. When someone gets the nerve up to question me as to how I can teach others to kill with such efficiency (as in my "Tactical Anatomy" class) I just tell them to go look up Psalm 144:1.
It's like the old saying goes: "An armed society is a polite society." I treat everyone nice... I smile and say "Hello!"... I play with the kids and complement the babies... But nothing changes the parameters of how I am treated by the "friendlies."
I agree with you that it is a good reputation to have. In regard to your "moments of introspection" I would just say that we are who we are... We can't "unlearn" what we know or change how we react to a threat. But the good thing is that we don't have to. I've been through some "very stressful" situations in my time where firearms were involved (let's leave it at that) and have mornings that I get up and ask "Am I a good person?" and I know the answer is "yes."
I teach law enforcement agencies and military units in large classes, and civilians in private instruction... I know that what I am teaching them, based upon years of everyday experience and my combat experiences, will help them get home to their families. I am doing a good thing in my work - that I know for sure.
And those people that "just don't get us"? Well, they are the ones with the problem - not us... They are the ones that will be found with the phone in their hands by the homocide detective there to work the latest case of (choose one) home invasion; car jacking; street mugging; rape; or "he looked at me disrespectfully" that turned into a murder.
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we are who we are. I think most people have the potential. Unfortunately, one cannot pick up a lifetime of skills, attitudes, and worldview in an afternoon.
While in Heaven, the boy saw Satan. Whether Satan in Heaven actually having coffee with Gabriel is unclear.
The book indicates that he was in the presence of Christ, and that Christ had him do ‘homework’ and proceeded to teach him. Mind you, the boy was three when he had the experience, and then related it as a four year old.
Because Satan in Heaven..is not "completely consistent" with anything I've ever read.
Read the book.
Draw your own conclusions. Satan’s existence was revealed to the boy whilst in Heaven. I would venture the probability that Satan was not in Heaven at the time.
He was revealed details of his parents life he could not have known about, and apparent details of his future, and the future of his parents. Satan was a part of that revelation.
Whether John was taken to Heaven in his revelation is unknown to me, but clearly details of the antichrist were revealed to him, wherever he was at that time as well.
Again, do your own homework.
All I was pointing out to you...is what you said. What you said was wrong.
I'm not discounting the story.
That said...Satan was once in Heaven..before he was kicked out.
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