The attack in New York today is a solemn reminder that we need to always be mindful of our surroundings. This is not the first such attack - and it will not be the last.
Law-enforcement could see that this was coming. In New York, law enforcement authorities had, over the last two years, visited over 148 truck rental locations, (including U-Haul). They warned them about suspicious indicators.
This is not going to stop. We have reached a place where we will never return to a time of tranquility (if we ever had it to begin with).
Because of this, YOU must take responsibility for your own safety and that of your loved ones.
I am as pro-police as one can be (served 35 years as a cop), but I am fully aware of the fact that the police, as good as they can be, simply do not have the man-power to protect all the members of their community.
These terrorists act alone, screaming "God is great" as they murder. They are a fulfillment of the words of Jesus: "...the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think HE IS OFFERING SERVICE TO GOD" (John 16:2).
It only takes a few terrorists to commit a lot of carnage. Today's tragedy in New York was apparently done by one man. The attack on 911 was carried out by only 19 men (and they forever changed our lives).
Our government is terrified of offending the radicals. The so-called peace-loving youth of our country have absolutely NO IDEA what's going on. The call to be "welcoming and accepting" will do precisely that: it will welcome some who have no intention but anything of murder. These killers, driven by the very powers of darkness, find sheer delight and thrill in watching you bleed and die.
Lt Col. Tony Shaffer said: "We have to understand, that this is not going away and ISIS continues to do whatever they can to establish a network and to inspire and plan these sorts of attacks..."
In light of all this, YOU must take full responsibility for your safety and those you love. If you can carry a gun legally, by all means - DO SO!
But make sure you train. Put yourself in stressful scenarios where you can gain some understanding of what you might feel should the wolf cross your path - or the path of your loved one.
A friend of mine owns a gun range. His business is hurting, as gun ranges across the country are. People are feeling secure because President Trump is no threat to the 2nd Amendment. But therein lies the trickery. I have no doubt that the Second Amendment is safe for now, but WE are not safe.
"The whole world lies in the power of the evil one," wrote the Apostle John 4000 years ago. And when the evil one has his way, he will stir the hate that so many have stored in their heart. And that hate will manifest in violent crime.