He Trains My Hands For Battle is the book Rick Cook and I have written about the Scripture and armed self-defense. I will send it to you by email upon request. The email address is at our website at www.firearmslawyer.net. Publishing the email address here creates too much spam. The introduction follows.
Mark Knapp is a practicing criminal defense and firearms attorney. He received Christ in 1972 and took up the study of law because of a conviction that the Bible deals with everything that pertains to life and God including government and administration of justice. Mr. Knapp has a passion for both military history and Constitutional law that grows out of a love of Bible history.
Rick Cook is a former U.S. Marine, whose father and son are also Marines. He has been a committed Christian since his first Sunday in USMC Boot Camp in 1977, and he has owned various firearms for most of his life, training his wife and three children in their safe use along the way. He is currently self-employed as an Independent Consultant, implementing enterprise-level Business Service Management software at clients throughout North America. He shares Mark’s love of military history.
Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock? Is not this the God who armed me well, then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer; I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight; I can bend a bronze bow! You protect me with salvation-armor; you touch me and I feel ten feet tall.
You cleared the ground under me so my footing was firm. When I chased my enemies I caught them; I didn’t let go till they were dead men….
You rescued me from a squabbling people; you made me a leader of nations. People I’d never heard of served me; the moment they got wind of me they submitted. They gave up; they came trembling from their hideouts.
2 Samuel 22:32-46
Introduction: A Case for Armed Civilians
A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
Throughout recorded history, civilians have faced the brutal choice of defending loved ones or seeing them terrorized, tortured and brutalized by strangers or, at times, by their own government. Civilians, usually assisting soldiers and law enforcement, can defend themselves, their homes, and their families most effectively with firearms. Thus, each of us in a free society is faced with the same decision as Americans on the old frontiers; i.e., will we prepare to defend ourselves and others?
The job of protecting ourselves from violence is primarily in our own hands as individuals. Scripture has a great deal to teach about personal self-defense, provisions for local and national security and how to prevent violent crime. Thus, we present Biblical authority along with practical approaches to training in armed defense. In the event that armed civilians need to band together to oppose a common foe, the Biblical underpinnings in which our U.S. Constitution and common law are grounded may be all that separates modern Americans from lawless anarchy.
It is the responsibility of good citizens to recognize that taking up arms is not something to be done lightly or without thought. The moral and scriptural justification for protecting ourselves is that defense of self and others is fundamental to life and liberty. Of course, complying with federal, state, and local laws is not optional; you would not be reading a legal manual that is filled with Scriptural references but for the high regard you have for good citizenship.
We do not advocate vigilantism. We oppose those who misunderstand the information in the book or attempt in any way to rationalize taking the law into one’s own hands. You should always seek legal advice by consulting in confidence with an attorney. Every situation is different when analyzed from a legal perspective, and it is your responsibility to know and follow the laws in your area to the best of your ability.