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We are not a nation of fear
Who’s knocking at the door
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I have never to my knowledge advocated that one
should NOT be able to buy a gun to protect themselves and their family
and hunting guns.
I have and still do advocate better background
checks. The way things are here in America so far as guns are
controlled, Al Capone, if still alive, could walk in many places and
buy himself an arsenal. No questions asked as many, by the way, do.
I do not apologize to anyone for advocating for
better gun control here in America.
I do think that was a cheap shot the columnist
made concerning the grisly column sent in to the NWA on 10/1/2014 to
scare people, more or less warning folks to run out and BUY a gun. If
you don’t already have one, then sit at home or even in bed or
running around to shake in their boots and always keep your guns
We, in America, are not a nation of fear. We are
sensible in knowing how to protect ourselves and our families;
always engaging our Lord in prayer as to how to do that. Our Lord does
not want us to be shaking in your boots, nervous, keeping our guns
cocked. Engage our Lord. He will help guide you and, of course, always
be sensible One can always come up with an anecdote for almost
If you don’t believe it, just watch TV
people selling this and that - always anecdote after anecdote.
Here is so-and-so who was a complete weakling, who took these vitamins.
Now she can run at least a 10-mile marathon.
I am concerned that guns in America are out of
control. There are many people who agree.
And as I have written before, if ISIS or the big
guns ever did get to the point they could get to our homes here in
America, they would have already defeated our country and confiscated
lots of war machinery. I assure you your guns would not do you one bit
of good and besides, most of us probably would not even exist at that
You don’t have to be real smart to
understand that. Without a doubt, they would by that time have tanks,
bombs and big, big guns.
As they do, America’s guns are much bigger.
As our Lord says, “Fear not, for I am with you, even to the end
of the world.” Pray for peace.
Nadine Hood Overstreet
Ronald Reagan allegedly said, "The nine most
terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government
and I'm here to help.'" A friend heard a similar greeting one
morning when answering a surprise knock at his door. He sent an email
detailing what ensued.
Two FBI agents told him they had been
investigating a "rumor" for more than a year about something
he had said. He invited them inside and offered coffee while they
visited. One agent asked about three particular rumors: 1.
"remarks about Obama installing terrorist Muslims in the White
House Security Detail." 2. "derogatory comments about
Obama’s handling of the Syrian Crisis." 3. "comments
about stocking up on AK ammo."
My friend answered the first two questions
admitting not only he but also most of the people he knew were sharing
similar comments and remarks all over the Internet!
The third question broke the camel's back, and my
friend explained a few finer points to clarify his personal situation.
I'm quoting from his email:
“First of all just about everything you
have mentioned is all over the Internet, and my incoming email from
just about all my email buddies, most of whom I spent 2 tours with in
Vietnam” (they both then expressed surprise…didn’t
know I was a Vet or an Aviator!!!). I went on that this “rumor
most likely came from the NSA snooping on our email (They never would
tell me how they got their info). I then said, and I quote… 'In
case you have any doubts, let me make perfectly clear. I’m a
staunch Republican, and a devout conservative. I love my xountry. I
love my God, and I love my constitutional republic. I also don’t
like what is happening to my country.'"
My friend said the agents appeared a bit
cowed by his response. He closed writing, the agent who had questioned
him ended the interview saying, "this is over…we don’t
consider you a threat…I will write it up that way in my
A 'THREAT?' Really? The FBI is questioning an
aging military veteran about "comments" and
"remarks" someone had deemed threatening?
Let's put this into context. Nidal Hasan, the
Fort Hood shooter, had a long history of threatening communication with
people our government had designated as terrorists. As far as I know,
no FBI agents ever questioned him about his comments before he killed
13 fellow service members while shouting "Allahu Akbar!"
The Tsarnaev brothers posted threatening
"comments" on social media months before bombing the Boston
Marathon, and as far as I know no FBI agents questioned them before
they killed three people and injured more than 360 others April 15,
Alton Alexander Nolen, aka 'Jah'Keem Yisrael' on
Facebook, beheaded one co-worker in Moore, Oklahoma, and was attacking
another when the COO of the company shot Nolen to stop the attack. I
wonder whether the FBI investigated the COO about having a gun at
work.... As far as I know, the FBI had never questioned Nolen, even
though he had a long criminal history and had posted threatening
"comments" on his Facebook page.
Evidently, Muslims who post threatening
comments on social media need not fear visits from the FBI, but anyone
else who questions our government should be careful when they
'comment.' Excuse me; someone is knocking on my door....
Daniel L. Gardner