SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Can a Christian practice martial arts? One reader asks that question today. Perhaps a better question is “Can a Christian protect his family?”
We already ran an article last week on Brad Weldon who stayed to fight the wildfire in Paradise, California and was able to save his home. Now he says he will not vacate even with a mandatory notice. He is among a small group of fire survivors who have defied orders to leave and decided to stick it out in the blackened and smoldering landscape. Butte County Sheriff has stated that he doesn’t know how many people were living in the evacuation zones but that they won’t force them to leave. If deputies encounter someone, they confirm that they live in the area, but won’t take any other action. Several of these survivors have stated that they feared that deputies would draw weapons on them when they refused orders to leave, even after the fire danger was over. This one is an interesting article profiling many of these survivors.
Is the 2A Obsolete?
I’m sure you’ve heard the argument that the Second Amendment is obsolete, either from a friend or a politician. Reader C.H. sent in this article that is a brutally honest essay on why this is not a correct assessment. History has shown that every genocide has been preceded by the disarmament of the people. This time around would be no different. (Note: a language warning must be placed on this article.)
Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Field Gear Editor, sent in this article on the current state of gun confiscation in the U.S. The article looks at some specific details on the recent “red flag” incident in Maryland and compares those details to the totalitarian regime that the Soviet Union used to be. The similarities between the two are downright scary. Things like the names of cops not being released (secret policing), the muzzling of the press, press and public censorship, no specific reason for the red-flag and state powers of arrest suggest that there is no real difference. Basically anyone with a “300 Spartans” patch and the “μολὼν λαβέ” or “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” written on their sleeves is in danger.
Martial Arts and the Christian
Reader B wrote in with a question:
Can a Christian enjoy boxing or other fighting sports for entertainment as well as self defense training? I’ve always enjoyed a good fight scene, wether it’s real or on the screen and I’m increasingly looking for self defense training for myself. It seems if you want a good, reality-based training, you have to go to the same bloody, tougher arts that so many Christians are hand-wringing over and condemning as sinful (Krav Maga and MMA spring to mind). How do we balance the desire to defend ourselves effectively (and enjoy a sport), with the way we are called to live as Christians? Seems, at least according to these mainstream Christians, that there’s no way to connect the two at all.
I believe that those who claim a Christian should not fight back have misread the Scripture and are actually being disobedient to the Lord. This whole concept has been dealt with thoroughly in past articles on SurvivalBlog and I would encourage you to use the search feature of the blog to read those articles. Basically, a man has a responsibility to protect and care for his family. We live in a sinful world and the Lord has provided instructions for executing that protection which includes taking the life of one who threatens your family if necessary. Martial arts, firearms, dining room chairs, writing utensils – all are merely tools to be used. To properly use the tools all must be practiced with.
San Diego Port of Entry
After all the media bluster about how Trump is racists for claiming that there were criminals in the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. border, we are now finding out that his statement was actually true. Yesterday, the Feds temporarily halted all traffic through the San Diego Port while they made changes and reinforced the border. Over 1100 Marines have been deployed to help CBP officials, hardening the border with razor wire, concrete roadblocks and rebar. Incidentally, the media are apparently showing old footage of illegals climbing the fence at the border there. Any person climbing the fence now would be in the hospital in short order, bleeding massively from all the cuts received by the razor wire. That latest count I’ve seen on the numbers puts the caravan at about 14,000 total. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
A police chief in Washington State has declared that he is looking to shield his city from a new state law that imposes more strict limitations on firearms. Initiative 1639 was recently approved and prevents individuals under the age of 21 from buying semiautomatic weapons. The law also contains provisions for criminal prosecution if you store a firearm where a prohibited person can gain access to it. Chief Loren Culp, of Republic Police Department has declared that he cannot and will not enforce this law as it goes against his Oath of Office. The NRA has already filed a suit challenging the new law.
Harbinger of things to Come
A viral video of a young school child in Japan is making the rounds. Apparently, Japan has mandatory vaccinations. The video cuts in with about half the class of what appears to be first graders holding their arms and wailing in pain after receiving the shot. One young girl is running from the teacher who is attempting to hold her for the shot. At one point, the teacher grabs for her and she fends him off by slapping his hands while one of her schoolmates attempts to hold here. eventually, the teacher corners her and then drags her by her hands to a chair where he proceeds to sit down.
The young girl then promptly kicks him in the groin and runs away. While the video is amusing to watch, it does bring forth an anger about mandatory vaccines. I’m not ani-vax, but I sure am against forced mandatory vaccinations. This is a subject where the parent should have full control over the decision. Thanks to DSV for the link.
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