Many people have responded to the Chattanooga Islamic jihad attack in several ways. We’ve seen the communist gun grabbers in America already pitching for more gun laws, which is exactly what got four Marines and one Navy petty officer killed. We’ve seen American citizens and veterans take up arms to defend those the “law” infringes on their rights to defend themselves. And then there is one Alabama Sheriff who encourages all Americans to trust in the Lord and learn how to handle a gun.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris issued a press release last Tuesday.
“After spending more than 25 years in law enforcement and in my third term as sheriff, I never imagined our country would be in the violent state it is in now,” he said. “The world is in a state of disarray and the United States is going down fast. We are losing everything that our founding fathers based this country on. Until last week, almost all the bad terrorist or mass shootings were somewhere else and now they are in our backyard. Chattanooga, TN is only about 35 minutes away from the DeKalb County line.”
Though his deputies don’t follow a policy of carrying weapons off duty, Harris wants to make it a requirement that they do. I’m all for that portion. However, he also wants to raise $25,000 to purchase backup weapons for them. I’m not for that. More than likely, each deputy has his own gun at home he can carry without charge to the citizens of Alabama or Dekalb County.
He also takes a similar approach to that of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in encouraging citizens to prepare themselves and be trained and armed.
“We don’t have backup,” he said. “We’re out here in the county by ourselves and you might be 25 minutes away from backup.”
“We’ve had cutbacks everywhere in all these counties,” he said. “It may take time to get a police officer or a deputy sheriff to where you need them to be, so people, need to get some kind of self-defense training.”
“This country is based on God, guns, and the right to protect ourselves. I think as sheriff, it is my place to protect the safety and security of our citizens. And help citizens in ways to protect their selves and their families,” Harris said.
Amen! This is a sheriff that gets it, and I like that. He then went on to unashamedly proclaim his Christian faith, encouraging others to do the same and also to use the tools God has provided to defend themselves and their loved ones.
“If you are not prepared, it is time that you get self-defense training or firearms training. As a Christian, I ask you to put your faith in God, and as a life time NRA member, it is time you learn to protect yourself by learning the proper and safe ways to handle a weapon,” Harris said.
“They are saying this terrorist in Chattanooga was a [lone] wolf. You do not have to be a member of ISIS to belong to their terrorist organization. You just have to believe the way they do and carry out deadly attacks against U.S. citizens. This doesn’t make them a [lone] wolf it makes them a pack of [wolves.] This is what makes them so dangerous.”
Of course, there are always those who don’t believe that God would have us use weapons against those who wish to do us harm. They forget the story of how David didn’t go out to meet Goliath without a weapon. He used a sling and a stone and God brought the results. After dropping the giant, David used Goliath’s own sword to cut his head off (1 Sam. 17). Additionally, there is the command of Chrsit to the disciples to gain a sword (Luke 22:36), presumably for self defense, not for attacking anyone.
God bless this man and those in his county!