Thank God For My Gun, I Needed It Last Night

Self-defense: the ultimate human right.

I thank God for the freedoms that we still enjoy in America. I appreciate the fact that our Constitution recognizes our God-given right to "bear arms."

Notice that we have the right to "bear arms."  We do not merely have the right to own firearms.  We do not just have the right to hunt wild game.  We have the right to carry guns and use them for defensive purposes.  It is not just our right.  It is your right and my right.

Over the past few years I have taken "heat" from some Christians because I own guns.  One of these guns is obviously for the purpose of self-defense.  It is a .357 Magnum Ruger Police Special.

Some have asked me, "Doesn't that demonstrate a lack of faith in God?"

I always reply by pointing out that Abraham was a man of great faith and yet he had in his hire a band of 300 armed men!  David is another great example. He is listed in Faith's Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11, and yet he stayed very close to the sword and used it when necessary.

I accept that it is my God-given duty for me to provide for my family.  This provision involves the duty of defending them from harm and providing safety for them.

As of now, I do not carry my gun with me on my person.  My pistol usually stays in a safe location in my home.  I have always hoped that I would never be forced to use it or even produce it. But, last night I was, and I thank God that I was able to, and that a very dangerous situation was avoided.

My wife and I had arrived home from church at about 8:00 p.m.  The night was dark, foggy, and rainy.  It was a typical New England fall evening.  We had forgotten to turn the porch light on (very unwise) when we left for the meeting, so we did not see the stranger on our neighbor's dark porch until we were all out of the car.

By the time we noticed this man who was just a few yards away we were all at our door, and he was coming at us. He was moving slowly at first and did not respond when I said, "Hello." By looking at his appearance and mannerisms it was obvious that he wasn't a salesman or the neighborhood Mormon missionary!

My dear wife began to get very frightened as I searched for the house key.  I was praying, trusting God to protect us, and also trusting Him to enable me to deal with the situation that I was facing as His man.

Just as I found the key this obviously drunken man got within a few feet of us. I faced him and told him to "beat it." The key went in the lock, the door swung open and my dear wife grabbed the kids and ran in the house. By this time the man had stopped about two feet away. I held my ground between him and our apartment. Then, I heard my sweetheart's footsteps and I put my right hand inside the door just in time to feel the cold steel of that .357 slide into my hand.

"I've got a gun," I said.

"I've got one too," he replied.

The situation looked very, very bad.  I immediately swung mine up and when he saw it he knew I wasn't just blowing hot air.

The sight of that .357 made him begin to sober up in a hurry.  He looked like he had seen a ghost.  He did not have a gun, after all.  But, he was a drunken criminal with evil in his heart and the devils of hell in control of his mind.

I was glad for that equalizer that I had bought at a local pawn shop.  You see, at that time I had no idea what was on his mind, who he was, or what kind of weapon or fighting capabilities he possessed.

In the meantime my wife had called 9-1-1 and the police promptly arrived.  After they spoke with him they apparently turned him loose because fifteen minutes later he was back trying to get in our door and window.  This time I called the police, opened the door, sweetly and kindly put the fear of God in his heart, and detained him with the same pistol until the good officer arrested him and took him "downtown."

I thank God I did not have to shoot that man.  That is the last thing I wanted to do.  But, if necessary, I would have harmed him severely so as to prevent my family from being harmed.

I'm glad I had the option and that we were not at the mercy of a demon-possessed maniac.

I thank God that I've got enough sense to own a gun and that I was able to use it to prevent a possibly serious crime against my family. Every day there are crimes averted in America because law-abiding citizens own and are able to produce a firearm when danger threatens.

Call me whatever you will and mock me for taking precautions.  Accuse me of being "extreme" and paranoid if you wish.  I still believe a man ought to protect his family and I still hold to our second amendment.

After last night I am more convinced than ever that I am right in how I think about guns.  Just like I thank God for my home, my car, my computer, my piano, my food, my clothes, and all of the other blessings that God has blessed me with in the material sense, I also thank God for my gun.  It sure came in handy last night!

Preacher M is a guest writer for  Read other articles by Preacher M or other articles on Society.
Reader Comments
Preacher M,

Interesting article. Your story certainly discusses a valid reason for owning a weapon. There are thousands of stories like these. But I think you also need to remember the real reason for the 2nd Amendment. It wasn't about protecting us from criminals or from wild animals. It was about protecting ourselves from our own government.

Thomas Jefferson said: The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
February 15, 2008 3:10 PM
Right on, Reverend! Shoot em first and let God sort em out!

(Did you try to convert the bastard after you had him in your custody?)
February 15, 2008 3:24 PM
Who gives you the right if you don't believe in a god?
February 15, 2008 4:33 PM
Good for you! Nice to see this kind of article with everyone going on and on about increasing gun control in light of the last school shooting. Thank you for posting this.
February 15, 2008 4:56 PM
But Fennoman, the government produces gun laws that don't allow us to protect ourselves, and in a sense, they are causing us to get killed when they do. Men like this drunk are emboldened to commit evil acts without, as Al Gore would say, any controlling legal authority.

Out here in California, the local and county law enforcement in no way will protect us as a citizens. The police very often won't even live in the area where they work because of prevailing fear of the unlawful visiting their homes. And so what can we do if we don't have guns?

Preacher Man, I like the Scriptural arguments preacher man for Bible=toting pacifists who allegorize Scripture to support their flawed social agendas.
February 15, 2008 9:17 PM

Not sure of his parentage . . .

I actually did did give the perp my card, I told him God loves him and that I'd like to try to help him repent of his ways. I even him to call me if he wanted to talk sometime. Then, I looked him in the eye and said, "But, don't ever come by the house again." He hasn't.

As far as your other statement:
I like what Stonewall Jackson said, "Duty is ours. The consequences belong to God."

Jin Ji,

What force pulls you towards the earth when you jump off a building -- if you don't believe in gravity?


We need the teachers and law-abiding students of age carrying equalizers. The school shootings would stop.
February 15, 2008 10:00 PM
This is exactly why we don't want the liberals to take away our rights which in turn protects crooks. In response to jin ji, Athiests can bear arms too because God has given them that right also.
February 15, 2008 10:08 PM
Nearly 16 children a day died in 1997 as a result of a firearms homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting. [Children's Defense Fund, 1998]

Handguns are used in 80 percent of homicides, nearly 70 percent of suicides and nearly all accidental shootings. [Prevention First]

Between 1986 and 1992, the total number of children killed by firearms rose by 144 percent. [National Campaign to Reduce Youth Violence]

It may be true that you use your firearm responsibly, but this is obviously not true of all gun owners. Strengthening gun laws will hardly affect law-abiding citizens like yourself. You will obviously be approved for a (non-automatic) weapon if you wish to own one for legitimate reasons. However, too many people find it all too easy to get their hands on a gun for illegitimate reasons. Too many children are dying from gun violence; too many are shooting each other accidentally because their parents will fight to the death of their children for their right to "bear arms." This is why we need to strengthen gun laws. It has nothing to do with politics; it has everything to do with saving lives...just like you state.
February 16, 2008 4:42 AM
Nat, that argument has long been proven fallacious. Increased private ownership of guns leads to FEWER homicides (and other crimes), not more.

And recently, where have we seen mass shootings? In places where residents own guns? NO - on college campuses, where all are forbidden to have weapons of any kind. A person who is willing to break the law against murder, will hardly be stopped by a gun-control regulation.
February 16, 2008 8:38 AM
I use to agree with Nat, but a few years ago I got into a debate with someone who mentioned something that changed my mind.

Simple question...where do criminals buy guns? Nat used the phrase "for illegitimate reasons". That means criminals. And criminals don't "buy" their guns by walking into Wal-Mart. They get them on the streets and from black markets. So by limiting the legitimiate gun-buying avenues, how do you stop criminals? You don't.
February 16, 2008 10:44 AM
Luke, 22: 36-38
"...and if he has no sword, let him sell his cloak to buy one"
February 16, 2008 2:05 PM
I definately am with Nat's stat that nearly all accidental shootings are due to firearms because not too many other things are being used to shoot things ;) but...
strict gun laws will not prevent suicide
and i would love to see "Prevention First" do some sort of poll or stat on how many homicides could have been prevented by more gun ownership.
I am sure that if you ran the statistics you would also find that a majority of these shootings are in NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc which happen to have the strictest gun laws in the country.
February 16, 2008 9:05 PM
I to am a preacher who believes in my 2nd amendment rights; I also maintain a concealed carry permit. My greatest desire is not to see fewer people armed but for those who do own a weapon to be properly trained in both use and safety. An untrained person is sometimes more dangerous than the criminal they are trying to deter.
February 18, 2008 11:04 AM
Something for gun control advocates to ponder--

Two big news stories in recent weeks concerning grisly murders, right? One of them was the killing of the girlfriend by the man who punched her in the throat. The other was the killing of the doctor in New York by the person with the meat cleaver.

How would gun control have stopped these infamous crimes?
February 18, 2008 11:21 AM
"It may be true that you use your firearm responsibly, but this is obviously not true of all gun owners. Strengthening gun laws will hardly affect law-abiding citizens like yourself. You will obviously be approved for a (non-automatic) weapon if you wish to own one for legitimate reasons. However, too many people find it all too easy to get their hands on a gun for illegitimate reasons. Too many children are dying from gun violence; too many are shooting each other accidentally because their parents will fight to the death of their children for their right to "bear arms." This is why we need to strengthen gun laws. It has nothing to do with politics; it has everything to do with saving lives...just like you state."

1. Who should I have to prove a legitimate reason to?
2. What's wrong with automatic weapons? I mean the cops have 'em, the criminals have 'em - why can't the good guys?
February 18, 2008 2:01 PM
You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
February 18, 2008 2:04 PM
pew pew. pew pew pew!
February 19, 2008 12:05 PM
Always remember... a gun in the hand is always safer than a cop on the phone.

And, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Sounds cheesy, but sometimes you have to relate it in those terms to the politically correct (i.e., those that are common sense challenged)

Just think of those unfortunate examples seen over and over, such as Virginia Tech, and now NIU. Those universities essentially sentenced the students to death. I can only imagine what could have resulted if just one legitimate gun owner had a .357 in the classroom/dorm those days.

February 19, 2008 8:26 PM
Adding to Duece's fine comment, just 20 miles away from the university that same day, an 80 year old lady returned home from shopping and saw someone in her house "stealing". She grabbed her tiny 25mm and held the thief at gun point till the police could arrive, 35 minutes later. Unfortuneately that story didn't make the news, as the many thousands like it. The second amendment allows us the right to defend ourselves. In the current state and decline of the great American economy, crime has no wheres to go but up. People have to eat. With 11,000,000 + -"illegal immigrants" crime has no wheres to go but up, illegals have to eat too. With mortgage forclosures and unpaid loans expoentially appearing daily, property values are taking a nose dive. With the decline in property values, where is the supposed money for the municipalities to pay the police going to come from. With high salaries, bonus's, medical, and retirement benefits, taxes will surely have to go up, or police protection will have to go down. Who will protect us then?
Seems to me that if we as a nation really want to stop crime, we should all be wearing 6 shooters. Eventually, one at a time, we'd get all the perverts, the theives, the junkies, and the rappists. As a law abideing citizen, why should the bad guys and bullies have the advantage. Vote Ron Paul.......he knows.
February 23, 2008 9:52 AM
I caution all who discuss gun laws to consider the original intent of the 2nd Amendment: To protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. No gun law should infringe on this right (there are many that do, but they are unconstitutional). All arguments about criminals and protection, even children, are secondary to the primary.

Check your premise! -
February 23, 2008 11:20 PM
Someone said something like "what if you don't believe in God." There is actually NO reason for atheists to reject the Constitution. It doesn't discuss "God-given rights," it discusses "self-evident" rights.
But what really gets me riled up are people (mostly on the political left) who think people who exercise First Amendment rights as heroes. That's right. Go ahead and urinate on the U.S. flag. You're a 1st Amendment hero.
But exercise your 2nd Amendment rights, and suddenly you're some kind of evil, maniacal demon-person.
So to sum up, our rights were not granted by God, they are granted by an extremely important LEGAL DOCUMENT.
July 6, 2010 6:46 PM
The NY Times is kind of silly about gun rights, living in a city where criminals can easily get guns and kill non-criminals, but sometimes they get it:

Utah's Gun Permit Popular With Nonresidents
Gun owners from around the country take Utah's gun safety class because the permit is good in 32 other states.
July 7, 2010 5:43 AM
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