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I thought we said we would never forget?  15 years ago, America was devastated by a terror attack. 3,000 innocent lives were lost.  September 11th, 2001 was a tragic day and we lost so much, yet in the rubble of this disaster, we pulled through and United.  Americans, both Democrat and Republican and all in between joined together and decided that we would not stand still and let this break us.  Yet, here we are 15 years later and tragedy has struck again, but this time, things are different.  We are divided against ourselves and fighting each other. This is a time when we should be supporting our friends, families and communities, but we are tied up arguing over petty issues. I know the big debate now are firearms and what we should do about them. The truth is that no matter what anyone tells you, taking guns from good people will not stop bad people. 9/11 was a result of terrorists using box cutters to hijack airplanes. The Boston bombers used pressure cookers to maim over 200 people. This isn’t a gun problem; this is a heart problem (Jeremiah 17:9). We are at a critical moment both in our nations history, and the worlds history. We need to wake up America! The time to act is now.

There are several things that we can all do to help in this fight.

1. We have to understand what we are up against in order to defeat it. I know not many people will say this, so I will. We are at war with Islam and have been for the past 15 years. Islam is an ideology whose very nature is to cause death and suffering to those who do not follow Islam. The enemy we are up against does not play by the rules. They use women and children to carry out suicide attacks, they behead and torture Christians who do not convert to Islam, they hide in hospitals and schools to avoid drone strikes. Their primary goal is to spread their religion of hate throughout the world through any means necessary. As of now, there have been reports of ISIS members in all European countries and in the continental United States.

2. We have to make our soft targets harder. This means that we have to make it harder for bad people to do bad things. This can be achieved through several ways, but the most important way is to take advantage of our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. If you do not know how to use a gun, learn to. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of this, that is okay, just do not discourage others from learning about or owning guns. If you are below the age to carry a firearm, learn about them, how to shoot them and get comfortable with them. If you are old enough to carry, do so. It is our Moral obligation to protect ourselves, and others who cannot protect themselves. Learn about guns and train yourself so that you are a responsible gun owner. Be a survivor, not a statistic.

3. We have to stop being politically correct, it kills, literally. It is up to us to keep an eye out and pay attention to the world around us. The Orlando and San Bernardino shootings could have both been avoided if the people who knew what was going to happen spoke to the police. If you see something, say something.

4. We must get active and voice our concerns and opinions. The best way to do this is to get out and vote. Voting is the number one way to make sure your voice is heard. The next step is to call and/or email our Congressmen and Senators and voice your opinions there.  To further get active, talk to your friends and family about these issues, inform those who do not know what is going on or do not understand.

5. Finally, we have to start caring for each other and we must hold true to our Christian faith (John 16:33, 2 Timothy 4:7). These are tough times, but we can make it through together. As Winston Churchill said, “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” Do whatever you can to help others (Philippians 2:4). We have to stick together as friends, families, and as a nation. Just as after the attacks on 9/11, we can beat this if we are united.

Thank you and God Bless


iPatriot Contributers


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