When Things Go Well for the Righteous

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

Proverbs 21:31
King James Version (KJV)

The ultimate force is love. Everything we do has to be motivated by love. That is why we constructed this site. To express love for our community, our servicemen and law enforcement; to encourage sensible solutions to the threats that seem to be gathering.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 29:2

We can blow the trumpet until we are blue in the face but if it is not motivated by love, we have accomplished nothing.

So why does our site advocate self-defense?

10 USC 311. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are commissioned officers of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are–
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia,which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or …

The above referenced federal law recognizes an organized and an unorganized militia. The United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution clearly recognize an individual right to keep and bear arms. It also states that there is no right to maintain a militia. The prohibition against militias is in reference to a standing (or organized militia) as opposed to the “unorganized” or militia at large (as it used to be known).

The media often equates the concept of a militia with vigilante actions. Militias have been associated with racism and unlawful activities in times past. The concept of the militia-at-large is a legal concept that has its roots in the interest of the people in assisting our government in times of need. There is no place in society for people to take matters into their own hands when it comes to meting out justice. The only situation in which a citizen would be justified in using deadly force is in defense of self or others. All the Founding Fathers and every generation of Americans recognized this concept up through the present time.

Ironically, many generations of large scale military bureaucracies and the collectivist mentality fostered by big government programs have resulted in the idea that the people should surrender all control over the means of self-defense, including personal protection.

The Book of Jude makes reference to “…men that speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals- these are the very things that destroy them.”

With all the freedom in the U.S. to question our leaders and aggressively express dissent, we should not forget to respect our government. People that rail against government seem to be the kind of people that are referenced in the Biblical passage quoted above. On the other hand, it takes a very shallow-minded individual to think that the world will be safer if we all just trust our government to keep us safe. While the sheep dogs are burying a bone or two, the wolves may be scarfing up the sheep!

Dictators and arrogant bureaucrats are usually intent on depriving citizens of the means for meaningful alternatives to governmental monopolization of force:.

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

Proverbs 11:10 (KJV)

We want to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. But to do so with gentleness and respect….

We are blessed to live in a free nation that has the strongest military in the world. We should not take either of these premises for granted because the very attributes that make a free nation free and successful can undermine that nation. History is replete with many successful civilizations that faltered and lie buried in the dust. You and I are the militia just by virtue of being prepared, vigilant and jealously guarding our liberties. We welcome President-elect Obama and look forward to a new time in U.S. government, a prosperous time in which our liberties will thrive.

Freedom: A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner.
Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.

-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

See also Surveillance Detection.

Songs of the Spirit Warrior

THE TEARS OF THE LORD

THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE EVERYWHERE,
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW WHILE GAZING AT THE BEAR.
YES, THE LORD IS LOOKING TO AND FRO
THROUGH THE HABITATIONS OF THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLE ON THE GO.

HE OBSERVES THE WICKED AS WELL AS THE GOOD,
THE SOLDIER IN HIS BARRACKS AND THE FAWN IN THE WOOD.
“HE WHO FORMED THE EYE, SHALL HE NOT SEE?”
OUR CREATOR IS BUSY WATCHING- WATCHING YOU AND ME.

TO SHOW HIMSELF STRONG ON BEHALF OF THE STOUT HEARTED AND WHOLE,
RANGING OVER THE EARTH FOR A FAITHFUL AND LOYAL SOUL.
DON’T YOU KNOW THAT IN THE DAYS OF OLD
THE LORD SAW MAN’S GREAT WICKEDNESS AND WHAT WOULD UNFOLD?

MAN’S PRIDE AND VIOLENCE, PERVERSION AND GREED
DEVISING EVERY EVIL IMAGINATION ON WHICH THE MIND COULD FEED.
PEOPLE SHED BLOOD THAT LAY CURSE UPON CURSED
UNTIL THE GROUND CRIED OUT, “THIS MUST BE REVERSED!”

EVERY PLAN DEVISED BY THE MIND OF MANKIND
WAS NOTHING BUT EVIL ALL OF THE TIME.
AND THE EARTH WAS CORRUPT IN THE LORD YAHWEH GOD’S SIGHT
FULL OF VIOLENT DEPRESSION AND ENDLESS DARK NIGHT.

BUT NOAH FOUND FAVOR IN THE EYES OF THE LORD.
NOT WITH A TEMPLE, GOOD WORKS OR A SWORD.
NOAH PREACHED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE WRATH MEN WOULD REAP
IN RIVERS OF RAIN AND SUDDEN BREAK OF THE DEEP.

FROM THE FOUNDATIONS OF CREATION WHEN HE SAID, THAT “IT IS GOOD,”
SINCE ADAM AND EVE SINNED IN THE GARDEN AND HID IN THE WOOD,
NOTHING IS DONE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, ALL IS SEEN BY THE ONE
WHO SAW CAIN KILL ABEL, AND THOSE SLAIN BY THE KNIFE, CLUB AND GUN.

HE EVEN SAW BABEL BUILT, AND CAME DOWN TO OBSERVE.
BUT BE STEADFAST, WATCH THE CURVES IN THE ROAD WITH STEELED NERVE.
THE LORD’S EYES GO TO THE RIGHTEOUS; HIS EARS ATTEND TO PRAYER.
THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST EVIL AND THOSE WHO DON’T CARE.

THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY IS FILLED WITH ANTIPATHY, RANCOR AND PRIDE.
A PLACE WHERE INDIFFERENCE SEEMS NORMAL, WHERE APATHY CAN HIDE.
THE WARNINGS OF OLD NOAH WERE MET BY A GROUP-LAUGH.
THEY PROBABLY TOLD THE OLD MAN TO “GO TAKE A BATH!”

THE CHILDREN WERE HAUGHTY, PARENTS PUFFED UP AND PROUD;
THE HUMAN RACE TURNED UP THE VOLUME AND LET ITS VOICE BOOM OUT LOUD:

“DON’T TELL US ANYTHING! OUR FISTS ARE CLENCHED, OUR MUSIC WILD!
LOOK AT THE ANGELS, ANCIENT LANDMARKS- EVEN PARENTS AND CHRIST WE’VE REVILED.”

AND TODAY FOLKS GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS, RUSHING HITHER AND YON,
CONVINCED THAT THE WORLD THEY HAVE KNOWN WILL DRONE ON.
IGNORING THE WARNINGS FROM PROPHETS AND FRIEND,
“SUCH THINGS WON’T CONTINUE; THERE WILL BE AN END.”

THEN THE GREAT GOD,”EL-ROI”, THE GOD OF SEEING AND BELIEVING,
SUFFERED NOT THE GREAT BOASTING, DERISION- DECEIVING!
HE WASHED AWAY THE OBTUSE, THE IMPATIENT AND PROUD
WITH WATER JUST FLOODING, LIKE THE LORD WEEPING OUT LOUD.

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS WATCHING US WITH DEEP LOVE AND CONCERN.
WAITING AND WATCHING AS SOME BEG TO LEARN
WISDOM FAR GREATER ON THE CREATOR’S WORST DAY
THAN THE BEST WISDOM OF MEN WITH THE GREAT WORDS THEY SAY.

HE WAS PLEASED WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGED HOW LITTLE WE HAD.
WE LACKED UNDERSTANDING; WE STOOD IMPOVERISHED AND SAD.
CURSING OUR PARENTS WITH INGRATITUDE AND GUILE-
IT JUST NEVER STOPS, BUT JUST WAIT AWHILE…

SO HONOR YOUR PARENTS AND CHRIST ABOVE ALL.
THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS MAKES OUR OWN WISDOM GALL.
IF YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF AND STAND WITH THE MEEK
YOU MAY RESCUE YOURSELF AND GAIN WHAT YOU SEEK.

Scaling the Walls of the Mighty

“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief with a law?” -Psalms 94:20

“A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.” Proverbs 21:22

“They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.” Proverbs 28:4

Josiah was king of Judah when he was eight years old. 2 Kings 22. The kingdom was governed via guardians in a trustee capacity and Josiah was educated by men who had lost the Books of the Law so many generations back that they had no recollection of the Holy Decrees, Memorials and Feasts of the Lord- kind of like the men and women that hold the reins of power in many of our modern academic institutions and government-media complex- and churches!

His elders worshipped Baal and condoned or actually practiced false religion wherein parents sacrificed their children to Baal and other idols. Hearing the screams of their children while they burned in furnaces fashioned into statues of evil deities, apostate Israelite parents had sex with temple prostitutes that were kept in the high places. These practices went back to Solomon’s time when his wives brought in their false worship from other countries.

How did Josiah know what was right in the sight of the Lord in order to destroy the high places and depose the priests that presided at the high places?

What inspired him to do this at approximately the age of twenty-six? He was administering repairs on the Temple of Solomon when the Books of the Law were found in the Temple and brought to him. After he read the Pentateuch (five Books of Moses) he went into grief, tore his clothes and then did not stop until he made all the people take an oath to serve God. Josiah instituted the Feast of Passover that had been commanded by God in the Books of the Law as a memorial to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. 2 Kings 23: 21-25.

Today young men and women are looking for values to which they can commit. How many of we older citizens have declared the glory of God and his eternal values “from one generation to another”? We grew up differently than kids today (but not that differently, in many cases). Nevertheless, our culture was steeped in cultural messages that were accretions from past generations that had fought and died to serve the God of the Bible. Much of that traditional culture has now been erased and we wonder why our children go into the schools and start shooting each other. We need to start pulling down some idols and send the prophets of Baal packing. We need judges, professors and journalists- and pastors that are watchmen- that will stand at the walls of the City and sound an alarm!

Stop smoking the heroin pipe that secular-humanism offers us and start seeking after righteousness. If you think culture and righteousness are not important because one culture is as good as another then look at the mass shootings of defenseless people occurring around the United States The professional bureaucrats intone the usual mantras involving “response times” and predictive factors. They promise to get to the bottom of the problem.

The Biblical answer is in the Book of Esther. Surprisingly, Esther is a Second Amendment treatise. The enemies of the Jews had obtained a decree permitting genocidal annihilation of the Jews within the Persia-Median Empire. The Emperor, by Persian tradition unable to reverse his own decree, issued a new decree permitting the Jews to defend themselves and permitting their neighbors to come to their aid. This is exactly the concept of the Second Amendment. The difference is that for the Jews it was on an ad hoc basis. In other words, only for a few specifically designated days until the Jews had overcome their persecutors. The Second Amendment permanently institutionalizes the means of self-defense on a de jure basis; i.e., by permanent enactment of law.

The reason humanists want so badly to erase the Knowledge of the Holy from our society is because such knowledge is more powerful than guns, bombs, political action committees, money and sex, political deception or all the books in the world. Think about it.

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

The Originator of Inalienable Rights

The men that drafted the United States Constitution acknowledged that human government eventually degenerates into tyranny apart from three related sources of law. The concept of natural law stems from the recognition that everything in the universe, including mankind, reveals something of the character of its Creator.

The concept of natural law is foreign to many of our modern scientists, educators, lawyers and even theologians due to the fact that much of the modern belief system is founded on the premise that everything happens randomly and that reason itself has nothing to do with the processes that we observe in our environment. Thus, according to many modern law professors, law is whatever the courts deem it to be.

A second source of law for the Founders was the law of Scripture. For years, it has been conventional wisdom to declare that the men that drafted the U.S. Constitution were deists; i.e., they believed that that a divine intelligence created the universe and then set it to operate like a clock without any intervention on the part of the Creator. The facts show that most of the Founders believed that the God of the Bible wants to be known by mankind and rewards those that diligently seek Him.

The Founders believed that the Scripture reveals things that God wants us to know about Him and about how to relate to God and each other. People that declare that we “should not mix religion with politics” don’t understand the Bible or history or the Constitution.

The Founders prayed during their deliberations, quoted the Scripture and made reference to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” in the Declaration of Independence. Such phrases have a distinguished pedigree and were very familiar to men like Thomas Jefferson who had studied the common law of England via Blackstone, Coke and Bracton.

Bracton has been called the “Father of the Common Law” who wrote a treatise in the thirteenth-century dealing with the third source of law referenced by the Founders; i.e., English common law. Most of the thinkers that developed common law principles were, like Bracton, learned in church law and Roman law. In the time of King James I, Coke confronted the King’s lawyers in an ongoing controversy as to whether the law was whatever the king says it is or whether the English people possessed inalienable rights that were revealed in nature, the Scripture and English common law.

The debate reached a focal point when Parliament raised an army to do battle with King Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-48). By 1776, men like John Locke and Sir William Blackstone had firmly placed English legal thinking within a system that squarely opposed the classical Greek and Roman traditions that dominated most of European thinking by that time. See the Ninth Circuit’s Nordyke case decided April 20, 2009.

Although God’s laws have been recognized from the earliest times in the history of Catholic and Protestant thought, the tendency to subvert Judeo-Christianity by reinventions of Aristotle and Plato constantly threatened to subvert freedom. Even the bargain that Europe and America struck with the slave traders was posited upon Neo-Platonic thought. Puritan bred New Englanders and their counterparts among evangelical English Christians made up the ranks of Abolitionists that fought the slave trade because it marred the image of God to deprive a fellow man of freedom.

Blackstone also acknowledged what he called municipal or civil law in areas where God has allowed freedom to adopt rules that deal with areas that do not have an intrinsic relationship to God’s character. For example, the prohibition against murder stems from who God is; i.e., the value that God places on human life. The prohibitions in the Law of Moses against theft are a recognition of property rights; i.e., that the Lord has placed some of his dominion (or lordship; i.e., qualities of sovereignty) in each individual.

A law governing the export of wool to a foreign country, on the other hand, cannot be said to violate a moral law. A law that would require the taking of an innocent life is a quite different matter than, for example, an excise tax on imported petroleum or tea.

But this brings us to a question to which lawyers and philosophers and politicians have devoted many volumes. From where do we derive rights? The concept of inalienable rights was as little understood in ancient times as it is by most of us today. The pagan Greeks and Romans owned slaves and could dispose of their slaves as they wished because of the belief that a man’s superiority allowed him to sell, sodomize or even kill his slave.

Human worth was relative to one’s position in government and the thinking of men like Plato and the other classical philosophers reflected an elitist view of society. Thus, within the classical/pagan world view, all men were inherently unequal. Therefore, the prevailing assertion that the Founders drafted a document that represents a stream of Enlightenment thought and/or Greco-Roman jurisprudence should be rejected.

From the time of the Gregorian Reform in 1075, scholars conducted a systematic inventory in order to correlate and unify every area of knowledge so that government and law and theology and science reflected the truth of God’s Word. It was during that time that the concept of property as a right became firmly recognized.

A right (ius) or dominium was also recognized as a meritum (legal claim). Over the years leading up to 1789, various orders within the Catholic Church (e.g., Dominicans) and Protestant theologians like John Calvin continued to recognize rights as rooted in God’s command to mankind to take dominion over the environment. Thus, man has a duty to establish good government, to respect other men and women’s property and to protect life.

To forfeit one’s own life by not defending against physical attack is not permitted except in unusual circumstances where the duty to obey a higher calling demands that we lay down our duty to defend our God-given life, dignity, property and freedom.

From the foregoing basic discussion of the origin of rights, it may seem like such controversies belong to theoretical study of ancient philosophy. The fact is that the same controversy goes on to today. Current events announced in newspaper headlines reflect an underlying discussion as to the character of American government and whether it should be more like European government. The role of government in the economy has been a big issue, especially since the 1930s. For example, there are controversies over whether it is appropriate to encourage citizens to defend their families with armed force while so much senseless gun violence is committed every day. The recent shootings in Binghamton, NY are a case in point.

Beyond all the statistics and arguments, we can say with certainty that, even though we live pursuant to a “social contract” where compromise is inevitable, certain rights are inalienable. We cannot enter a contract to give up (or alienate) our right to defend our families and should disband a government that violates human dignity by wantonly killing the innocent, including religious or ethnic minorities.

If this seems too abstract, then take note of the fact that the twentieth-century witnessed socialism spread across much of the globe. Whether totalitarian socialism manifests as tribal warfare in Rwanda, the Khmer Rouge killing fields in Cambodia, National Socialism and corporate statism in the midst of the Germany Holocaust or Fascism, Bolshevism or something else- statist ideology is one of the most salient features of the 1900s- i.e., genocide.

Natural law was often referred to as “the law of nations” and international law is still premised upon precepts and principles that have consciously been developed from common law principles.

Hugo Grotius was a Dutch lawyer who laid the groundwork for a systematic understanding of international law as a unified field of knowledge. He started with the recognition that inalienable rights are an inherent characteristic of man’s dignity which derives from God having created mankind in His own image. Nevertheless, Grotius compromised with the spirit of his age (and the humanistic philosophies of Plato and Aristotle that informed the Enlightenment). By doing so, he opened up the Calvinistic commercialism of the Netherlands to the evil of slave trading.

The idea that the Second Amendment means something different than what the Founding Fathers wrote when they drafted the Constitution is another aspect of the same controversy. The idea that the Constitution means whatever the courts say it means coexists with theologians that declare that the Bible means whatever individuals interpret it to mean; the Scripture, however, declares about itself that Scripture is not for private or personal interpretation- each of us has the responsibility to submit our understanding to each other, to previous generations and to what God himself proclaims about his Word within the context of all the Scripture. By the same token, when we interprete the Constitution we should look to what the drafters meant to say; i.e., their intent.

Underlying the “spirituality” of many mainstream theologians is a pagan escape from reason that says man must create a sense of order on his own in a universe that has no order higher than a mystic pantheism that cannot be explained but must rather be sensed by a “leap of faith”. Some call this Christian existentialism; others prefer to call it mysticism. To anyone that cares about freedom, the jargon of such modern philosophers and theologians are the semantics of incipient statism.

David Kopel has written an article, “To Your Tents, O Israel,” in which he examines the Scriptural roots of the Second Amendment and then looks at the Biblical roots of the men and women that made America. By removing much of this history from our schools, educators have set us up for tyranny. Just as the Books of the Law were removed from Israel until rediscovered by Josiah, we Americans need to rediscover the Scriptural roots of our U.S. Constitution. Read and then weep in repentance for what we have been so busy forfeiting.

Rebuilding the Walls of the Republic

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

Ezr 8:21-23

Nehemiah and Ezra were tasked with rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem after it fell into disrepair. First Nehemiah interceded for his people. He confessed Israel’s sins and admitted their wickedness. Nehemiah honored Yahweh by preparing the Jews to defend themselves with armed force in the face of enemies that were conducting terror operations in the form of guerilla warfare to undermine the rebuilding of the temple:

Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, “Be not ye afraid of them! Remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Nehemiah 4

In Samuel’s time, the Philistines inaugurated weapon control by regulating the metal-smith trade. Something had occurred beyond depriving Israelites from rebelling against the Philistine occupation. Palestine, known as Philistia in times past, was a cross-roads where cultural values battled for supremacy. Israel had forfeited more than the ability to make swords- the people had been deprived of the knowledge of who they were:

Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears. But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

History and culture, along with education, decides who determines the meaning of words and symbols. The importance of this fact cannot be underestimated. The conduits that deliver education, technology, news and entertainment will determine who will control the resources of government, including the power to deploy armed force and the cultural information that shapes the minds of coming generations:

Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

1Samuel 13

Isn’t the situation described above relating to ancient Israel’s loss of cultural sovereignty comparable to modern attempts to place America and other nations under UN gun control treaties? What is less obvious is that Samuel inaugurated a school in which he taught men to be prophets and lawyers, judges and warriors. For years, before and after Israel threw off its oppression, the people were taught the forgotten heritage; i.e., how God had raised up men like Joshua in days gone by. How the people had repented and called out to Yahweh- a name that was rarely pronounced and is still virtually unpronounceable because of the terrible awe with which the name is endued.

The building of the Republic in the earliest days of the New England colonies was considered to be a rebuilding of the walls of holy Jerusalem. The Puritan forefathers consciously designated the cities they carved in the wilderness a New Jerusalem:

And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that (the strategy of our enemies) was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

Neh. 4

“Everyone with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, everyone had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.”

Nehemiah instructed the leaders to prepare the workers so that when they heard the warning of a trumpet they would swarm to the gaps in the walls prepared to fight and ”our God shall fight for us.” By protecting themselves with swords and spears and not depending on Persian troops offered to them, the builders demonstrated that they were trusting in an all-powerful God with tools in one hand and weapons in the other hand! We need to pass on the warrior heritage of Israel to our children!

The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.

George Washington

To Your Tents, America

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

Judges 5:6-9

The Song of Deborah memorializes a great battle in which volunteer militias delivered ancient Israel from oppression. The Old Testament pattern was very familiar to the drafters of the U.S. Constitution. The tendency of a people to slide into carelessness and the need to remain vigilant framed the writings of men like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. David Kopel has written an article, “To Your Tents, O Israel,” in which he examines the Scriptural roots of the Second Amendment and America’s Biblical roots.

Lack of vigilance leads to over-reliance on government; attitudes developed via easy living breed unpreparedness and invite disaster and political oppression:

Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof….

Judges 3:1 -4

The following is an excerpt from Judge Gould’s concurring opinion in Nordyke v. King, a new Second Amendment case. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that armed self-defense is an inalienable right enforceable against cities and states:

The right to bear arms is a bulwark against external invasion. We should not be overconfident that oceans on our east and west coasts alone can preserve security. We recently saw in the case of the terrorist attack on Mumbai that terrorists may enter a country covertly by ocean routes, landing in small craft and then assembling to wreak havoc. That we have a lawfully armed populace adds a measure of security for all of us and makes it less likely that a band of terrorists could make headway in an attack on any community before more professional forces arrived.1 Second, the right to bear arms is a protection against the possibility that even our own government could degenerate into tyranny, and though this may seem unlikely, this possibility should be guarded against with individual diligence.

The Ninth Circuit’s opinion sets forth the history of the American Revolution and the militia and Minutemen’s efforts to stop British statists from confiscating and/or destroying powder and ammunition stored in communities around Boston- the match that set the colonies on fire

“Indeed, the attempt by British soldiers to destroy a cache of American ammunition at Concord, Massachusetts, sparked the battles at Lexington and Concord, which began the Revolutionary War. For the colonists, the importance of the right to bear arms “was not merely speculative theory. It was the lived experience of the age,” states the Nordyke court.

I just returned from an Appleseed weekend during which almost 2,000 folks of all ages and backgrounds learned how to become riflemen (and women) with vivid accounts of Revolutionary era heritage. Along with boot-camp style rifle drills on ranges all over the USA (exactly 234 years after the shots heard around the world- i.e., April 18th, 1775), we learned that American leadership tried to avoid confronting British troops, the militaristic superpower of the day. But with aimed fire that reached out and killed Redcoats at 250 yards, the American patriots, after great provocation, eventually volunteered to demonstrate their discipline under fire.

Our times are like Joshua’s time because we have held back from driving out the enemies that seek to destroy our way of life. But a new generation must learn to make war. We are preparing even as our U.S. leadership invites war into the gates of the city. By reverting to the pre-911 mentality, the Obama administration is ensuring that a terrorist attack is more likely to occur in the near future than at any time since September 11, 2001.

See Appleseed Project: Fred’s Plan to Save America.

Resisting the Wicked

10 If you falter in times of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it.

Proverbs 24:10-12

He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. -Psalms 18: 34

The Scripture tells us in the Book of James that believers must have compassion for the poor:

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

James:14-16.

In James we see a view of the rich that indicates that the rich often deprive the poor of justice:

5Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

There are many ways in which we can express care for the less fortunate members of society and there are many voices that purport to counsel how society should provide “justice” for the poor. Apart from the issue of how the government can alleviate poverty, justice can never be administered (nor can poverty be alleviated) without preventing crime and violence.

This Biblical concept of limiting the powers and responsibilities of the federal government is the basis for the U.S. Constitution which put limitations on the federal government in order to keep it from becoming too powerful. The primary Constitutional responsibility of the federal government is to protect the people from foreign invasion.

The states, local law enforcement and we the individual citizens ourselves- in submission to lawful authority- are in the best position to stop violent criminals!

When the people call for the government to expand military power and administer in areas that are best left to the people, the situation becomes similar to Israel in the time of Samuel:

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”

Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle [b] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

1 Samuel 8

Compare the warnings set before the Nation of Israel with the following exhortation from Proverbs:

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the LORD.

Proverbs 21:31

The Constitution is a system of boundaries that delineate the areas in which federal, state and local governments operate along with defining areas that are private and not subject to public legislation:

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your forefathers.

Proverbs 22:28

Nevertheless, prior to passage of the Fourteenth Amendment after the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution only limited the power of the federal government and explicitly required that all other powers and responsibilities remain in the hands of the various state legislatures. Until WW I, most Americans were adamantly opposed to foreign wars or any other involvement that entangled the United States with foreign powers. Woodrow Wilson illegally manipulated the nation into entering World War I and then imprisoned people that spoke against the war.

WW I issued the U.S. into a century of militarism; i.e., an almost pagan ideology that exalts military supremacy over other values. The Scriptural view of national security, on the other hand, provides for the means of defense without exalting the state over the needs of individuals.

The Biblical view of the relationship between government and individuals balances the extreme philosophy of individualism (such as Ayn Rand’s thoughts expressed in works like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged) with the statist ideologies of socialism such as the National Socialist Worker’s Party.

The Nazis grabbed control of Germany after Hitler was constitutionally elected. Fascism, National Socialism and other socialist systems that institute totalitarianism by unifying the government and the private sectors move inexorably toward more economic control. Once such “unity” is obtained, militarism will soon become joined to statism in the personality of a charismatic leader that looks for minority groups to demonize in order to distract the masses from the government’s failure to deal with one government created crisis after another.

Our premise then is that the job of protecting ourselves from violence and tyranny is primarily in the hands of you and I as individuals and that Scripture has a great deal to teach about personal self-defense, provisions for local and national security and how to stop violent criminals (even those intent on seizing control of governmental power).

In fact, the drafters of the U.S. Constitution received a cultural heritage that recognized inalienable rights. Rights and duties do not stem from society but exist apart from society because they proceed from the character of the Creator. Our Creator wants to be known by men and women and reveals himself in reason and order and human dignity. His creation and all of its respective parts speak of God’s infinite existence, law and justice.

If we look to nature alone for divinity, however, all our rights are then whatever government deems them to be.

In a naturalistic view of the world, there is no reason that the poor should not be slaves to the rich- exactly the state of society under ancient Greek and Roman philosophies of law. The poorest among us today often live in oppressive communities where crime and violence are commonplace and where the police are hard-pressed to provide protection. And the power to tax the rich is also the power to confiscate the wealth of every citizen and make every individual into a slave to Pharaoh!

The Founding Fathers knew their history well enough to understand that tyrants often pretend to help the poor and even choose to allow criminal anarchy in order to provide the pretext for more government control. Witness the phenomenon of the “liberal” criminal justice systems in some jurisdictions that allow the reach of street violence to be extended into many neighborhoods while the politicians seek to impose more gun control on law abiding citizens.

For several years street violence has declined in many cities but, in cities like Chicago and Washington, DC, that impose draconian gun bans, violence has sky-rocketed!

Victims and other witnesses to crimes of violence are often intimidated into silence by gangs that have become virtual armies. One gang, MS-13, has infiltrated into small communities all over the U.S. and dares the police to take action against them. The trademark of MS-13 is to hack its enemies with machetes. For example, a mother lost her husband and two sons to random street violence in almost “gun-free” San Francisco. An MS-13 member did not hesitate to gun down the innocent family in what authorities at first believed to be a road rage incident. It later appeared that the killer (an illegal immigrant that had been apprehended several times but never deported because San Francisco is a so-called “sanctuary city”) might have thought the father and sons were an opposing gang because the father and sons were Hispanic.

We can tell that mother that we feel her pain.

Nevertheless, we must allow residents of our neighborhoods to protect their families. And the criminal justice system needs to ensure that witnesses to violent crimes are not intimidated. The police cannot be there all the time for us and we know that ambitious politicians do not have their sacred oaths to uphold the Constitution squarely before their eyes.

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.

Proverbs 28:4

Does Your Church Have a Threat Response Plan?

SOME GUIDELINES FOR CHURCH THREAT RESPONSE PLANS

The following are some thoughts and observations related to security issues based on suggestions we have received from a church member in Texas. Although the strategy is focused on preventing violence at churches, the material may also apply to other workplace settings, especially in situations where it becomes cost prohibitive to retain professional security officers.

The first consideration is to identify members of your organization that have experience as police officers. The rules of engagement are quite different for law enforcement than for military. Training can be acquired fairly quickly but good judgment comes with experience. Additionally, a little bit of legal knowledge about armed self-defense can go a long way- toward creating tragedy, legal liability and a bad image for your church or business.

The laws vary in every state. In the State of Washington, we are permitted to carry a weapon concealed (with a Concealed Pistol License- CPL) or openly in many situations. Some states have laws that restrict weapons in churches. Since Washington gun law treats a church like any other business, anyone that can legally carry on the street can carry in church. In fact, the owner and those authorized by the owners can carry in a church or business without CPL. Keep in mind, however, that if you are in a vehicle or off the premises you need a CPL unless you carry openly which we are only recommending for uniformed Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs).

A church has the same right and responsibility as any other private party to restrict what happens on its own premises but you do not want to deter visitors from coming onto your premises while appropriately armed. That visitor may save someone’s life. Criminals will not hesitate just because they see a sign that bans weapons on your premises.

Thus, a church or other organization has to take reasonable precautions to protect invitees that enter the premises. There is already some precedent for law suits proceeding against institutions like Virginia Tech. Pastors and elders also need to look at these issues from a spiritual standpoint. If you take your responsibility seriously, then you have to protect the flock that God has entrusted to your care.

More violent attacks against Christians and other religious minorities are foreseeable. Churches that take a Scriptural stand on the self-evident truths of Scripture – truths that have become so controversial to the crooked generation in which we live- are more likely to be attacked. The Lord Jesus articulated a self evident truth when he commanded his disciples to make it a priority to obtain a sword even if they sell their own clothing to purchase one.

Most churches have at least some active duty police officers. In Washington, police officers are permitted to work as armed security when they are not on regular duty. Keep in mind that in many of the mass shootings that have occurred, uniformed police officers have been targeted first. The presence of a uniformed officer is a good thing but there needs to be one or more armed individuals in plain clothes backing up the officer(s).

Security guards need to be licensed and properly supervised so do not take any steps indicating that any of your volunteers are security guards without undergoing the appropriate legal procedures. Nevertheless, we encourage you as a church to discuss appropriate threat responses and to create threat response plans with folks in your church that are called to protect the flock.

Remember, your team is made up of volunteers and should be moving around the church just like any other members unless they are ushers or greeters or have similar assignments. Armed volunteers should be going about their normal activities but in such a way that they are prepared to implement your church’s well planned response if a threat materializes.

Assigning specific individuals to guard or secure a particular area.

You may want to informally designate areas of responsibility for various volunteers. Working in pairs makes sense. If members are identified as security personnel and/or wear clothing that indicates certain members are official security personnel, you may be in violation of the law. Additionally, this creates more potential for liability if an incident occurs in which someone is injured by the commission of a negligent act or the failure to take appropriate action.

Wearing clothing that identifies members of the “security” team encourages church members to rely on the presence of armed security and makes those designated individuals into potential targets themselves. The first principle of self-defense is that each person has the primary obligation to protect himself or herself and loved ones from death or grave bodily harm.

Anyone that asks the question “when can I draw my weapon” is probably not ready for the responsibility. Each person that is armed needs to have requisite training, knowledge and experience to know what to do if a threat of deadly force develops. An individual who only focuses on how and when to shoot will not be remotely prepared for the scenarios that may develop in your church.

Surveillance Detection.

Look at the size and layout of your building and ask yourself where a terrorist might stand to observe your building and what activities might be of interest for a potential attacker that is taking notes. There has not been a case of a terrorist attack against a church in the United States- that we know of- but it happens frequently in other countries. When things develop, they develop quickly. So take the time to study surveillance detection. Many times the mere fact that surveillance is being observed will prevent an attack from developing.

Greeters should be at every door and in the parking lot for those who need help or for ministry. Greeters should be observant. Know the signs of trouble. Disturbances that may occur are shouting at preacher during the sermon, a fight between teens or a potential domestic violence situation. Make sure that “gatekeepers” know about impending threats, stalking situations and/or domestic violence protection orders. Pastoral counseling and assistance to abused women (or men) can put those that intervene and the whole congregation right in the line of fire!

Dealing with a threat where no deadly force is present.

1. Every disturbance has the potential to escalate to Code Red very quickly. Your team should normally be in a state of heightened vigilance but outwardly relaxed/alert (Code Yellow). Code Orange is the point at which an unspecified incident or disturbance puts your team on full alert. At this point, you become aware of cover, lanes of movement for accessing and exiting the space you and others may be in. Who controls access to certain areas and is that person aware of indications that a situation may be developing?

Condition red is the point where an armed encounter with one or more opponents has materialized. The “trouble maker” has now demonstrated the ability to produce death or grave bodily harm combined with the opportunity and legal jeopardy (the perpetrator is in your church or parking lot of your business with a deadly weapon evidencing the intent to cause harm to innocent people). Grave bodily harm includes a life-threatening, crippling or disfiguring injury. In Afghanistan, the Taliban throws acid in women’s faces. What about the protesters that threw liquids at the delegates to the Republican convention last summer?

2. Give the location in the building where the disturbance is occurring. Do not tell law enforcement that there are armed volunteers present if the disturbance is not one that presents the threat of deadly force. If the first responders think that you have involved armed civilians, the police may not arrive until the SWAT team arrives which takes a great deal of time in most instances.

3. The person that goes to call the police should walk and not run. Walking indicates you are in control. Have someone that is prepared to take control of the situation go to all the buildings on your campus to lock doors and let teachers and staff know what is taking place.

4. You need an exit plan for the congregation. The church body needs to know they are to follow instructions from leaders. Visitors that do not attend regularly will follow the regular members. These leaders may be women or men. They need to know a place to go outside the church building. In the case of a larger church it may be another building that can be locked. Start walking people out- do not run. Tell them, “follow the leader, walk don’t run.”

Running shows fear. Walking says, “I am in control”.

Never stop. Never look at the trouble maker. Walk out. Start the church congregation singing as they walk out- “Jesus Loves Me” or some other song of praise that calms the congregation’s minds and blocks out whatever the active shooter may be saying to create fear or confusion. The goal is take control completely out of the hands of the trouble maker(s) or active shooter(s). Active shooter is a term of art that refers to a person or persons intent on taking as many lives as possible.

Be aware that there may be more than one shooter including embedded outriders/outliers that can mingle in the congregation and operate as backup for the visibly active shooter; i.e., the threat that you are able to immediately identify. The tactics that the world witnessed in Mumbai with automatic weapons and grenades may constitute the shape of future terrorist attacks. Attacks with small arms have long been predicted by almost all the credible experts.

If dealing with an armed troublemaker, the armed volunteers should be using cover but also need to be moving quickly toward the active shooter but do not surround him. If you are surrounding a shooter you are all in the line of each other’s fire! Stay in control and walk purposefully with an awareness of the big 360 degree picture.

Give commands forcefully but calmly. If there is no weapon displayed by the person creating a threat then keep your hands out front in the open. Pointed fingers or threatening actions may provoke more trouble. Stay two arms length away from the threat if possible. If it is a fist fight between two combatants intervene with great caution. Better two brawlers hurt each other than have someone turn on you with a knife or gun

If you are armed, you should avoid any physical contact that may lead to losing control of your weapon. If you are confronted with disparity of force (more than one assailant or a deadly weapon) do what you see as appropriate.

When law enforcement arrives clear away and point at the perpetrator without talking. In this manner the police will know immediately who the bad guy is. The police will need plenty of safe space to deal with the threat without having to be concerned about bystanders that may also pose a threat.

Sit down somewhere and keep the witnesses together. Wait for the police to ask questions. Wait until asked for identification before informing the police that you are armed. The police do not need assistance to catch the troublemaker if he runs away.

Practice verbal responses so you can remember them when you need to use them. Physical responses need to be practiced, so do verbal ones. Do not hesitate to call the police! It is alright to tell the officer that you have it resolved but may need an officer to remain close by.

If confronted with contact weapons such as knives, bats, screw drivers or other sharp objects do not run away.

1. Command the church body “Everyone get down on the floor and do not run. Get on the floor.”

2. Have someone call the police.

3. Armed volunteers should approach carefully while keeping a good distance from the attacker. A man with a contact weapon can move twenty feet before you can react especially if people are running around and creating confusion. In a loud command voice tell the perpetrator, “Put down the knife and face the wall. Put it down and get on the floor….”

4. Remember the 21 ft rule.

5. Stay at safe distance and wait for law enforcement. If your gun is out (which it normally would be if you are confronted with a contact weapon) reholster when the police arrive- but stay prepared. You should have a good distance between your tactical team and the perpetrator.

Do not attempt to handcuff or make any physical contact with an individual. You are not trained to do that. If there is even a possibility that the troublemaker is armed then stay behind cover at all times if possible.

If shooting starts.

1. Do not hesitate, now is the time to run and do not stop. Call 911 and inform law enforcement of the location of the shooting. Do not return.

2. Shooter may never give a clear shot at him. Will be walking down aisle; shooting at contact range. People will probably run in spite of commands.

3. Holler give commands, to congregation, “Get on the floor. Do not run, get down.”

4. If there is a circle of people around the active shooter as he walks between the church pews, no one can return fire without hitting other volunteers. If he is on an outside aisle against a wall there is a better possibility of obtaining a clear shot if everyone gets on the floor. By kneeling or shooting from close to the floor your rounds may travel upward, thus minimizing the chance of stray rounds hitting innocent bystanders. Bullets pass through walls and people, striking innocent people. Police use ammunition that breaks up when it hits and you may want to carefully consider the ammunition that you choose.

5. Those willing to take the shooter down should rush the shooter and keep coming until he is down. Push people down or out of the way, even run over children while shouting commands, “Get down, do not run, get on the floor!”

6. Those who choose to fight should focus on the weapon not the person. Control the weapon even if you have to absorb a shot to do so. Remember, an apparently lone attacker may have a partner acting as an oulier. After the active shooter(s) have been subdued, march everyone out to a safe place in the manner described above. You have now fulfilled Hebrews 11 by quenching the violence of fire, delivering your loved ones from the edge of the sword and administering justice. You have “waxed valiant in fight” and put alien armies to flight. Someone needs to call for medical assistance at this point.

7. When LEOs arrive all weapons should already be put away if possible. Make sure not to pick up the shooter’s weapon but keep your foot on it or secure it if there is a chance someone may pick it up. Do what the police tell you to do. Identify the wrongdoer to the police and make sure the police know that he had to be stopped in order to prevent innocent people from becoming victims. Point out evidence such as spent casings, weapons, etc. but do not provide details without a lawyer present.

Note well: Police officers have been taught the importance of obtaining legal counsel prior to making detailed statements so they will understand that you need some time before you answer questions. You will be experiencing an enormous rush of adrenaline but resist the urge to talk too much and make sure that you are not holding a weapon or doing anything when the police arrive that might cause them to regard you as a threat. That means to drop your gun on the floor without hesitation when commanded to do so.

This is not legal advice because, even though the author is a lawyer, every situation is governed upon very specific facts. Get training in the laws of self-defense and know the laws of your jurisdiction. Talk to local police authorities and make sure they are aware of your threat response plan. You alone are responsible for your actions, especially if you decide that you are faced with the deadly force that justifies deploying a weapon.

If anything herein is helpful, you or your church or business should feel free to reproduce these guidelines in whole or in part. We encourage you to submit your planning concepts and questions so that we can augment or correct what we have provided so far. This article is a work in progress.

Churches Developing Tactical Response Capability

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Churches have been coming under attack for many years from many quarters. Now well armed individuals, often with a grievance or just hatred for Christianity have been literally invading churches to kill the worshippers within:

Killer’s rant filled with profanity, hate
By The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 12/11/2007 09:24:12 AM MST

A message posted between the Youth With a Mission shooting in Arvada on Sunday, Dec. 9 and the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs is believed to be Matthew Murray’s last posting. It contains language which many may find objectionable:

“You christians brought this on yourselves!”

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“I’m coming for EVERYONE soon and I WILL be armed to the @#%$ teeth and I WILL shoot to kill. ….God, I can’t wait till I can kill you people. Feel no remorse, no sense of shame, I don’t care if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you … as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world.

Well all you people out there can just kiss my ass and die. From now on I don’t give a @#%$ about what all you muthaf#*kers have to say, unless I respect you which is highly unlikely, but for those of you who do happen to know me and know that I respect you, may peace be with you and don’t be in my line of fire, for the rest of you, you all better @#%$ hide in your houses because I’m coming for EVERYONE soon, and I WILL be armed to the @#%$ teeth, and I WILL shoot to kill and I WILL @#%$ KILL EVERYTHING! No I am not crazy, crazy is just a word, to me it has no meaning, everyone is different, but most of you @#%$ heads out there in society, going to your everyday @#%$ jobs and doing your everyday routine shitty things, I say @#%$ you and die, if you got a problem with my thoughts, come to me and I’ll kill you, because……..God damnit, DEAD PEOPLE DON’T ARGUE! My belief is that if I say something, it goes. I am the law. If you don’t like it, you die. If I don’t like you or I don’t like what you want me to do, then you die. If I do something incorrect, oh @#%$ well, you die. Dead people can’t do many things, like argue, whine, @#%$, complain, name, rat out, criticize, or even @#%$ talk. So that’s the only way to solve arguments with all you fuckheads out there, I just kill. God I can’t wait till I can kill you people, I’ll just go to some downtown area in some big city and blow up and shoot everything I can.

You break my back but you won’t break me…..all is black but I still see…shut me down, knock me to the floor…..shoot me up, @#%$ me like a whore….trapped under ice, comfortably cold, I’ve gone as low as you can go….. feel no remorse, no sorrow or shame……time’s gonna wash away all pain I made a God out of blood not superiority I killed the king of deceit and now I sleep in anarchy…”

We pieced together the following account of what happened next from various websites:

In Denver, a woman, fresh from a three day fast, in which she prayed to God for guidance in choosing a career path, was thrown right into the path of this mad-dog killer:

Amid deafening cracks of gunfire, smoke-spewing canisters and the flight of thousands of New Life Church members, Jeanne Assam said she suddenly saw the hallways clear and a gunman come through the door.

“I took cover. I identified myself. I engaged him. I took him down,” the 42-year-old former law officer and volunteer church security guard said Monday at a news conference in the Colorado Springs police station.
Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, said Sgt. Jeff Johnson of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

“It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God,” she said.

Assam worked as a police officer in downtown Minneapolis during the 1990s and is licensed to carry a weapon. She attends one of the morning services and then volunteers as a guard during another service.

New Life’s Senior Pastor Brady Boyd called Assam “a real hero” because Murray “had enough ammunition on him to cause a lot of damage.”

Boyd said Assam was the one who suggested the church beef up its security Sunday following the Arvada shooting, which it did. The pastor credited the security plan and the extra security for preventing further bloodshed.

Boyd said there are 15 to 20 security people at the church. All are volunteers but the only ones armed are those who are licensed to carry weapons.

The security guards are members of the church who are screened and not “mercenaries that we hire to walk around our campus to provide security,” Boyd said.

About 7,000 people were on the church campus at the time of the shooting, said Boyd….

“I just said, ‘Holy Spirit, be with me.’ I wasn’t even shaking,” Assam said. “I give the credit to God. I say this very humbly. God was with me.”

The female security guard who shot and stopped a gunman at a Colorado Springs church yesterday is crediting God for helping her to resolve the threat by killing the assailant…

“This has got to be God, because of the firepower that [the gunman] had vs. what I had was God. I did not run away and I didn’t think for a minute to run away, I just knew that I was given the assignment to end this before it got too much worse. I just prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide me.” …
“I heard shots fired. It was chaos. There were a lot of people in the church,” she described.

“The halls cleared out and I saw him coming through the doors. I took cover, waited for him to get closer, came out of cover and identified myself, engaged him, took him down,” she said.

Church officials said they have a contingent of volunteer security officers because of the high profile of the church.

“Obviously if we had not had an armed person on our campus, 50 or 100 people could have lost their lives,” the pastor said. …

…victims Stephanie Works, 18, and her sister Rachael, 16, adorned the program for services Sunday.

The two were killed when gunman Matthew Murray, armed with an assault rifle, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, opened fire in the parking lot as a service was letting out. The girls’ father and two other people were wounded.

A volunteer security guard shot and wounded Murray, 24, before he turned the gun on himself. Twelve hours earlier and about 65 miles away, police said, Murray killed two staff members of the Youth With a Mission missionary training center in Arvada and wounded two others….

A Vietnam vet’s eyewitness account:

Larry Bourbonnais, a combat-tested Vietnam veteran, said it was the bravest thing he’s ever seen.

Bourbonnais, who was among those shot by a gunman Sunday at New Life Church, watched as a security guard, a woman later identified as Jeanne Assam, calmly returned fire and killed the shooter.

“She just started walking toward the gunman firing the whole way,” said Bourbonnais, who was shot in the arm. “She was just yelling ‘Surrender,’ walking and shooting the whole time.”

Bourbonnais, 59, was chowing down in the chuch cafeteria when he heard the shots. He headed in the direction of the gunfire, asking “where’s the shooter?”, as people ran past him.

Near an entryway in the church, Bourbonnais came upon the gunman and an armed male church security guard who was there with his gun drawn but not firing, he said.

“Give me your handgun. I’ve been in combat, and I’m going to take this guy out,” Bourbonnais recalled telling the guard. “He kept yelling, ‘Get behind me! Get behind me!’ He wouldn’t hand me his weapon, but he wouldn’t do anything.”

There was an additional armed security guard there, another man, who also didn’t fire, Bourbonnais said.

…Bourbonnais yelled at the gunman to draw his attention, he said.

“First, I called him ‘Coward’ then I called him ‘S—head’ ” Bourbonnais said. “I probably shouldn’t have been saying that in church.”

No, indeed, it only attracted the shooter’s attention:

That’s when the shooter pointed one of his guns at Bourbonnais and fired, he said.

Bourbonnais ducked behind a hollow, decorative pillar and was hit in the arm by a bullet and fragments of the pillar.

Enter our heroine:

Assam turned a corner with a drawn handgun, walked toward the gunman and yelled “Surrender!” Bourbonnais said.

The gunman pointed a handgun at Assam and fired three shots, Bourbonnais said. She returned fire and just kept walking toward the gunman pressing off round after round.

After the gunman went down, Bourbonnais asked Assam, a volunteer security guard with the church, how she remained so calm and focused.

Bourbonnais said she replied:

“I was asking the Holy Spirit to guide me the entire time.”