Here’s the Real Reason Why the Left Hates the Second Amendment

Here’s the Real Reason Why the Left Hates the Second Amendment

Pregnancy’s a real trip. The heartburn, the aches, the pains, the sleepless nights—it’s a real carnival. One of these sleepless nights this past week as I was flipping through my phone at 3 am wishing desperately that I could fall back asleep, I saw a story popping up across my newsfeeds (yes, I read news at 3 am). My heart sank as I watched it develop before my eyes: a man was shooting person after person in Las Vegas and no one knew where he was yet. By morning, the story had developed into a nightmare: one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. My heart sank again for another reason. I knew that before the countless bodies were collected from the now-bloodied pavement, people would start pulling a Rahm Emmanuel (you know, “never let a serious crisis go to waste”). Sure enough, from Hillary Clinton to Jimmy Kimmel—suddenly everyone’s an expert on guns and how to prevent these evils from happening again. (For the record, Hillary, a silencer would have melted on a weapon firing at that speed, but I’ve digressed.) As I watched this ever-predictable gun control debate raise its tired head, I thought of the same things I always do. “Why don’t these people call for the banning of knives or vehicles or pressure cookers or cell phones or any other countless item used time and again in attacks here and around the world? Why is it that this is the SINGLE thing that the American left wing suddenly cares about emphatically when there’s a tragedy?” I’ve watched people, like this formerly pro-gun control commentator...
Yes, Harvey Did Showcase America At Its Best

Yes, Harvey Did Showcase America At Its Best

A few weeks ago my family and I were out at a small-town festival when suddenly an elderly woman in a motorized wheelchair took a tumble over the side of a street curb. Within seconds she was surrounded by people. A couple of the guys lifted the woman’s chair back up and hoisted her into it. One girl ran into the pharmacy to ask for some supplies to clean this woman’s wounds, and the pharmacy donated a brand new first aid kit just like that. A few others asked who we could call for her while others cleaned her cuts and put the band-aids on. We didn’t know each other from Adam, but we had all seen that someone needed help and we ran to give it. It’s certainly not uncommon to see human beings come to each other’s aid when another is in trouble—and throughout the devastation in Texas, we’ve seen this in spades. Why do people do that? As a Bible-believing Christian, I know that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” and that because of our fallen nature, we humans have to fight selfishness and unkindness every day of our lives. I also know that, believers or not, we all have God’s law written on our hearts (Romans 2:14-15)—which means even someone who rejects what Christ did to pay for our sin has the capacity to be a good and decent person, because, thanks to that law on our hearts, we know the difference between right and wrong. It’s what we commonly call a “conscience,” and while it doesn’t prevent people from...
End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

My daughter’s favorite movie is Disney’s “The Jungle Book” –and she absolutely adores Baloo, the bear. In the next to last scene, everyone thinks Baloo’s been killed by Sher Khan, the tiger, in an effort to save the man cub, Mowgli. As Mowgli realizes what’s just happened, Bagheera, the panther, comforts him:  “Now, now,” says Bagheera, “I know how you feel. But you must remember, Mowgli, greater love hath no one, than he who lays down his life for his friend.” It’s just a simple line from an old Disney film (and the Bible, if you’re interested), but it’s an incredibly powerful one. So, would you do it? Would you lay down your life for someone? I’ll get back to that—hang tight. This week, we watched as New York police officer Miosotis Familia was laid to rest after being shot point blank. Her crime? Sitting in a police vehicle in uniform. This woman was executed by a man who raved months earlier on social media about how he believed police have been abusing and killing people freely. This woman’s three children have been left without a mother because her attacker believed the rampant rhetoric— that police in this nation actively target and abuse Black Americans that Black Lives Matter, politicians like Congressman, Cedric Richmond, and other activists have wrongly spread. That rhetoric is demonstrably false. (If you’re curious, the “demonstrably” part can be found here.) What is demonstrably true is the fact that our officers are facing death on the job—particularly, targeted death—at an increasing rate. And I, alongside Blaze radio host, Chris Salcedo, believe it has everything to do with that rhetoric. As I watch the dialogue on this...
Fellow Americans: Do You Get How Blessed You Are?

Fellow Americans: Do You Get How Blessed You Are?

I remember seeing a music video once where, as the song starts, it pans to a scene where one of the guys holds up his U.S. passport and says, “As long as I have this … it really doesn’t matter.” Meaning—his U.S. passport was his most important possession. That idea was running through my mind as a friend shared some devastating news with his listeners. His name is Jonathan Dunne, and he’s been working for years to educate Americans about our unlikely history, the tenants that made us great, and ultimately— how to protect that gift. Amazingly, he’s not American. He’s Irish, and becoming an American has been his dream for over 20 years. This year—with a job offer in hand—he was just some paperwork away from achieving it. Without getting into the minutia of immigration law, it boils down to this: he doesn’t meet the qualifications for any work visa. And with that, Dunne’s dream died. Through tears, he begged his listeners not to suggest he come here illegally, because “I’d never, ever ever disrespect the country I love so much.” What a concept. And what love of a country that’s not even his—and may never be. I can’t help but think about this as we just celebrated another year of independence. Do we get how blessed we are? Let me ask that again. Do we get it? Do we understand what a precious gift we hold? Do you understand how blessed we are to have been born here, invited in, allowed to stay here (despite some of you having broken the law to do so)? Do we understand that we—rich and poor, powerful and lowly—are...
Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

The video is heartbreaking. Moments after she live-streamed the death of her boyfriend at the hands of a police officer, a woman cries as she sits in the back of a squad; her young daughter comforting her, saying “it’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you!” The little girl herself begins to cry moments later. That was July of 2016 in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, following the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile. Fast forward nearly a year. After a jury trial deliberation, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter. Should people—particularly African Americans—be afraid after this verdict? If you’re on social media, if you watch virtually any mainstream commentary program, blog or show—heck yeah, you should be. As the story goes, a black guy got shot point blank in his car by an over-eager cop after simply reaching for his license, right? But just give me a minute. People, we have to be willing to look at facts, not emotion. We, just as the twelve-person jury (including two people of color) did in a court of law, must look at all the facts; not the simply the ones we think we see, or want to see. If we want a society where we ALL can live freely and fearlessly, we must resist the urge to pass convict via public opinion, and we must be willing to examine tough truths. Let’s dig in. But he was just reaching for his license! That’s where Diamond Reynolds’ Castile’s girlfriend) Facebook livestream starts. And that’s where the court of public opinion kicked in. I’ll be honest:...
Dear American Left Part II: It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Rhetoric

Dear American Left Part II: It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Rhetoric

As tensions heat up between North Korea and the rest of the world, we’re reminded once again of how the tiny despotic regime operates. Among many other disturbing practices, the North Korean starts the anti-American propaganda young. In kindergarten, the children learn to hate the “American b*******.” The principal of the kindergarten “pulls out a dummy of an American soldier with a beaked nose and straw-colored hair and explains that the students beat him with batons or pelt him with stones.” They teach them to fear and eternally hate the Americans. In kindergartens, “U.S. soldiers are depicted as cruel, ghoulish barbarians with big noses and fiendish eyes. Teeth bared, they brand prisoners with hot irons, set wild dogs on women and wrench out a girl’s teeth with pliers. One drawing shows an American soldier crushing a girl with his boot, blood pouring from her mouth, her eyes wild with fear and pain.” Sick, yes—but the dark little nation illustrates a great point: if the story is strong enough, vividly illustrated enough, persists for long enough, and told by enough people, it becomes fact to its audience—and people behave accordingly. I wrote a piece two weeks back about we’re handing down a societal tradition of monstrous, unethical, disingenuous, and dishonest behavior to our children, and that it is largely traceable to the far Left—thanks to the media, entertainment, and political class’s purposeful distortions of the truth. Again, we on the Right don’t run the engines of influence. The far Left does. But we’ll get back to that. Yesterday, with the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise among others, that conversation just...