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To Provide And To Protect


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Sadly, much of the current political chatter is misguided. Of course, not everyone should have the right to bear arms. Of course, receiving a CHL should be contingent on your being an upstanding citizen. And there should be restrictions on weapons in homes where a family member is mentally ill. But the larger problem facing our nation is not the inspired citizen’s ability to protect his family. It is the dependent citizen’s growing sense of entitlement that is hollowing the gut of our nation.

It is a God-inspired culture that teaches respect for the individual and reverence for the soul. It is that same Judeo-Christian foundation that teaches us that it is the responsibility of the citizen to try, to the best of his ability, to provide for his family and to protect them. In New York the idea of weapons in private hands may cause some to recoil. But in Dallas, privately held firearms are, to most, merely a commitment to family – a commitment to provide and a promise to protect.

About the Author: Yaakov Rosenblatt, the author of two books, is a rabbi and businessman in Dallas.


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2 Responses to “To Provide And To Protect”

  1. I look at all the gun control arguments and find that they can be reduced to one phrase "protect the children". That is all they amount to. There are a lot of people out there willing to "protect the children" by punishing and endangering a few hundred million adults and other children and violate the US Constitution all for "protect the children".

    Could you imagine where somebody might decide that to "protect the children" they outlaw the Catholic priesthood? Far more children are injured by priests then by guns. Don't they too deserve protection? I mean if you are willing to trash the 2nd Amendment then you won't be able to resist trashing the 1st.

    This last week a judge in England set free a child rapist that was caught in the act because in "his" culture females were objects for males to do what they wanted – his culture Islam. Can you imagine banning Islam to "protect the children", if not then why not?

    I will end with a quote from Richard Jackson wrongly attributed to Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

  2. I look at all the gun control arguments and find that they can be reduced to one phrase "protect the children". That is all they amount to. There are a lot of people out there willing to "protect the children" by punishing and endangering a few hundred million adults and other children and violate the US Constitution all for "protect the children".

    Could you imagine where somebody might decide that to "protect the children" they outlaw the Catholic priesthood? Far more children are injured by priests then by guns. Don't they too deserve protection? I mean if you are willing to trash the 2nd Amendment then you won't be able to resist trashing the 1st.

    This last week a judge in England set free a child rapist that was caught in the act because in "his" culture females were objects for males to do what they wanted – his culture Islam. Can you imagine banning Islam to "protect the children", if not then why not?

    I will end with a quote from Richard Jackson wrongly attributed to Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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