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Chattanooga Strong

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I have kept pretty silent about the tragedy in my hometown of Chattanooga this week. I was actually in Atlanta with my son when it all happened. I watched, as many Americans did, with shock and a profound sadness that I still feel in the pit of my stomach. What I am about to say some may not agree with and that’s fine. You don’t have to agree with me. So with that caveat, here goes:

These murders were an act of terrorism (NOT just a criminal act or domestic violence) committed by a cowardly Muslim extremist who shot unarmed people. People who should have been armed. And for you people who continually say, “Remove the guns from America and the violence will stop!” please stop. Just stop. These murders occurred in a gun free zone. Criminals do not nor will they ever respect “gun free zones” even if all guns are banned in our country. Our founding fathers knew this and I remain in agreement with them. IF our Marines had been armed there would not be five deaths in my community. Our military personnel should have the right to carry arms here as well as abroad. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have saved lives in this instance. It is time for our governor in Tennessee to join others in granting our “Armed Forces” the right to be ARMED on military bases. Not later… NOW.

Muslim extremism can NOT be negotiated with. Why our current administration has not figured this out is beyond me. Perhaps they know and just don’t care. I’m no longer sure but I do know one thing: Talking and negotiating is seen as nothing but weakness and weakness is disrespected and attacked. All this talking has done is made us more open to these attacks. I have been saying for two years that ignoring and negotiating while the terrorists attack in other countries would lead to attacks on our soil and now it has happened in my hometown.

And in the middle of this, I waited with baited breath for strong words of hope and assurance from the President and instead got a 2 minute sound byte about “It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion” and then later on a long commendation to Muslims for the end of Ramadan which I found to be sickening. I’m still waiting to hear Presidential condolences on the death of the sailor who died this morning. And I’m sorry Mr. President, but even though you’re afraid to say it, Muslim Extremism DOES exist. This is another example of it. These Muslim extremists want to destroy our country that I love dearly. You seem to ignore it and pretend it isn’t there. I, for one, am tired of this anemic, weak, and apologetic “leadership” that is being exhibited. Americans want to feel safe again and right now we don’t. Our borders are wide open and we’re going to see more and more of these attacks until we close them off to those who would do us harm. It is time for you to step up and protect the citizens you swore to protect. I know many Chattanoogans and Americans will be getting their conceal/carry permits this week. We’re going to protect our families.

It is time for these extremists and cowardly terrorists to be defeated. Not acquiesced to or understood. DEFEATED. Not ignored or negotiated with. DEFEATED. That is the only type of negotiation tactic this type of demonic evil understands. Nothing less will do. The blood of these 5 servicemen are crying out for justice. The question is: “Will we come together and rise up as a nation and say NO MORE”?

Last of all, what do we as Christians do? I can already hear some people saying, “Wow! This response doesn’t seem very Christian of you!” I would remind you the Bible says there is a time for war and a time for peace. We are called to pray for our enemies which I certainly will do, but my prayer is for them to repent of their wicked ways and come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. And the call for the Church is the same, “If my people who are called by Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. As I said in a post a few weeks ago, I believe that repentance begins with me. I pray you’ll join me. If we, as a nation, return to God I believe we’ll see His Hand of protection over us.

Please pray for the families who needlessly lost their loved ones in this heinous tragedy. Pray for the children who are now growing up without their fathers. Pray for us here in Chattanooga. This tragedy has rocked us to our core. But in the middle of this I have seen the best of our community. I’ve seen our first responders run into the face of danger to defend and protect the citizens of this great city. I’ve seen people of different denominations, faiths, races, and creeds come together and pray for our community and our country. I have faith that this tragedy will make us a stronger city and community. I know our churches will come together and minister to these families and do our best to reach our world for Christ.

Chattanooga will come back from this stronger than ever. #noogastrong

1 Comment

Joe Gracey

July 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

You have expressed my thoughts perfectly. I would go one step farther and say that obama’s (no cap) actions are underming America and he should be charged with Treason.

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