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January 30, 2014

Recently the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center released a report in the FBI bulletin....

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eriklatranyi

Jan-30-14 5:33 AM

The more attention paid to active shooter events, especially the perpetrator, has clearly encouraged copycat events by the mentally deficient, who wish to leave their mark on history.

That is why we do not glamourize the shooters in these events.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-30-14 6:23 AM

"But passion and party blind our eye"

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The church has allowed the two party system in the US to divide them in half and become a weaker conscience and influence for the US.

One side emphasizes compassion and providing help but takes it to the extreme so that government becomes the provider/sustainer instead of the church, neighbors, and a dependency on God.

The other side emphasizes an individualism and strong work ethic but sometimes loses sight that they do need to take care of their neighbor but are too busy to recognize the state their neighbor is in or say do as I do.

Money-driven, material-driven, power-driven, prestige-driven, self-focused, non-Christians on both sides take the ideologies to extremes. Christians from both parties will need to reunite, evaluate where they deviate from God's Word, and become one body of Christ to root out evil.

The church needs to reach across cultures, ethnicities, rich/poor. But it does start with prayer and repentance.

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nobud74

Jan-30-14 7:57 AM

If the author is suggesting we become a theocracy, that is not only the wrong way to proceed for many reasons, but against our constitution. Thank God.

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CMReeder

Jan-30-14 8:09 AM

You have an organization that has called for more guns every time there is a mass shooting.

Same people calling for more to turn to Christ and his teachings are also the ones calling for more guns to be available to our society. Apparently God doesn't protect them as much as they thought.

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MimLogue

Jan-30-14 8:16 AM

I want to thank John Frey for testifying this week in Harrisburg abut the affects of Biggert Waters! We need to help him with money and people in videographing to use the government channel 75 on Comcast getting televised these hearings and rallies to be covered for residents who don"t access the internet.This is what this channel is there for!!

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Capricorn1

Jan-30-14 9:15 AM

Same people calling for more to turn to Christ and his teachings are also the ones calling for more guns to be available to our society. Apparently God doesn't protect them as much as they thought. -Chuck

Chuck, who are these people? The people I know only want people to respect their rights as outlined in the second amendment and recent Supreme Court decisions. That's it. What is sad is that after one of these incidents, the anti-gun crowd uses those deaths as a platform for their cause instead of tackling the real issues as to the real cause of these tragedies such as the mental heath issues this country faces and the stigma those illnesses carry. Or facing the fact that the breakdown of the family unit has led to the breakdown of our society. But it is much easier to exploit these tragedies to instill outrage against the instrument of the act.

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leaningright

Jan-30-14 9:22 AM

Learn from history, why would a gov't want to take your guns and make sure you have none? Mr Reeder, I dont recall the NRA calling the gun manufacturers and saying Hey, produce more guns!Guns also do not tell people to pick them up and shoot people either. Society of today is to blame for these people that go out and do these shootings. Society, thats where we need to start. Not by hasseling law abiding gun owners. FYI, during one year of Bill Clintons Presidency over 1 million SKS rifles got imported into the US. The NRA had nothing to do with that either. Give to the NRA/ILA and protect your rights from these left wing liberals who want the gov't to have ultimate control over you and I.

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CMReeder

Jan-30-14 9:33 AM

The NRA calls for more guns and gun ownership or are you telling me that they don't. The Christian right support more guns in our society to combat violence. They are not telling to turn to Christ they are telling you to get a gun to protect yourself from all the violence. We have an increase in mass shootings and we have an increase in gun ownership that is not a coincidence that is a correlation. The call to follow the teachings of Christ while holding a gun is not adhering to the teachings of Christ.

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underwood

Jan-30-14 9:42 AM

Some fall back on religion as the basis of their morality and some don’t. Other than use government to force people to behave as someone’s interpretation of a religion dictates, the only way the reverend is going to achieve his wishes is to persuade others to believe as he does.

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leaningright

Jan-30-14 9:44 AM

Do you have a problem with a gun owner protecting himself or family from violence Mr Reeder ? If somebody is breaking into my house the last thing I am going to do is kneel and ask Christ to protect my family, but I will thank him for allowing me to have the gun to protect my family. The NRA wants and needs more members to protect us from the people who want to take them.Call it what you want but we will never give up our right Mr Reeder.

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underwood

Jan-30-14 9:47 AM

Religion and gun ownership have nothing to do with mass killings, Mental and emotional health have everything to do with mass killings.

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JohnZook

Jan-30-14 10:01 AM

In my view there are more Believers that own guns for hunting ans shooting sports than Believers that that snap and go out and try to kill a bunch of people. To me, that means maybe if you would ask Christ into your life, there would be a much more gentle society. And, there would be no need for the NRA/ILA and that money could be used for charity to help the poor.

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eriklatranyi

Jan-30-14 10:39 AM

Mr. Reeder:

The increase in mass shootings does not stem from an increase in firearm ownership.

In fact, overall deaths from firearms has declined since the increase in firearm ownership.

The increase in mass shootings is because the mentality of the people who do such shootings is attracted to the media hyper-coverage.

Prior to 24 hour news, such coverage was not given.

I am not blaming the media on this. The perpetrators are mentally unstable, but seek the attention.

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rmiller

Jan-30-14 11:09 AM

Excellent letter, Pastor Otto. Truth can't be defeated, not by all the armies of the world. We are a nation so far from God, and so close to "everyone doing what is right in their own eyes." There are no answers for our nation outside of Jesus Christ, period. A revival is in order. I pray God's mercy on America and not what we are just beginning to observe, His wrath.

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rmiller

Jan-30-14 11:17 AM

Good post JohnZ.

911 was a wake-up call and then America fell asleep again and when they awoke, what a tumultuous and depraved country we have become. All the talking heads, each one with their own "reasoning"....which is part and parcel the beginning of "humanism" and still nothing changes. We keep advancing more and more to the end of the cliff. I'm so glad I know I won't be here when things completely run amok. There will no longer be the presence of the Holy Spirit.

BTW, I would challenge those "reason" persons thinking and the atheists of the world to attend an open mike seminar to be held this coming week at Community Baptist. A noted creationist and a noted evolutionist will engage in debate. If you are courageous, you will challenge yourself to attend.

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Capricorn1

Jan-30-14 11:35 AM

Chuck, I have asked you and a couple of others this before and still have yet to get an answer; what is the end game you are hoping for, the total ban of all fire arms? While you and a few others on here preach like that is what you would like to see, I have yet to hear any of you come right out and admit it. If that's your stance, then say so. You're free to your opinion but at least be clear about it.

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johnnyad3

Jan-30-14 1:20 PM

"I pray God's mercy on America and not what we are just beginning to observe, His wrath."

rmiller - I have no problem with the first part of your statement, but what "wrath"/vengeance/retribution are you witnessing/experiencing? 911 was about evil people attacking our country.

God is about love. I do not and will not ever believe God had anything to do with that. First of all, why would he create a law, Thou shalt not kill, and then commit the action Himself? I don't buy it.

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farmer

Jan-30-14 1:28 PM

Capricorn1: "what is the end game you are hoping for, the total ban of all fire arms?"

Of course there are people who would like to see ALL guns banned and confiscated. There are also people who think Elvis is living in Katmandu with Michel Jackson. But nobody really takes either group seriously.

The NRA likes to tell us "they'll start by taking our AR's and the next thing you know they're taking little Johnny's slingshot". Any thing is possible of course, but personally I think they are nuts. The problem as I see it is with this argument, it allows absolutely no room for compromise, or even simple discussion. It's a rocket launcher in every pantry or you're stepping on my 2nd Amendment rights. There is a middle ground in every debate. Compromise is not an evil thing, it is by definition what democracy is about.

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Capricorn1

Jan-30-14 1:37 PM

Farmer, personally I don't buy into the notion that the government will take away our second amendment rights, at least not in my lifetime, if ever. However, there are those that comment here that come across that this is what they would like to see but they never come right out and say it as Senator Feinstein has. I'm simply asking if that's how you feel, then come right out and say it.

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leaningright

Jan-30-14 2:07 PM

The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. They have 20,000 gun laws on the books now, so what is it you want now? You want our guns, thats what I think. "Shall not be infringed" doesnt sound like "hey lets compromise" to me. Seems to be very clear and the supreme court thinks so too.

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USABorn

Jan-30-14 2:56 PM

The United States is 3rd in murders throughout the world.

But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, the U.S. is 4th from the bottom for murders.

These 4 cities also have the toughest gun control laws in the U.S.

ALL 4 are controlled by Democrats.

It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data – right?

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underwood

Jan-30-14 3:14 PM

You’re not going to get most gun restriction folks to tell you their ultimate goal because they’re only acting upon their feel good desire to do something about guns at the moment, since they perceive guns as instruments of violence. Since this is all emotional for them they won’t offer anything rational to back up their positions.

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USABorn

Jan-30-14 3:47 PM

I'm sure the following will take care of getting rid of guns:

The Obama Administration has proposed replacing the current U.S. Constitution (4,543 words, including the signatures) with a 2,300-page “new Constitution” that in the words of an administration spokesperson, “clears up the gray areas in the current Constitution.”

The proposal was launched after the success of two recent 1,000+ page pieces of legislation, the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial reform act.

An additional 200+ pages of the “new Constitution” are redacted due to the sensitive nature of the National Security-related amendments.

Lobbyists from key industries were invited to contribute amendments to the new Constitution;” constitutional legal experts were also invited to submit improvements to the current law of the land.

cont'd

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USABorn

Jan-30-14 3:48 PM

Some critics who have reviewed the 2,300 pages of the proposed “new Constitution” have stated that the document is impenetrable even to those with law degrees. Average citizens “will be unable to understand the laws that govern their lives.”

Typical crap from Dumbama!!!!

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USABorn

Jan-30-14 3:51 PM

And by the way, what nut could even BEGIN to believe the "success" of the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial reform act?

oops.....liberals believe anything that Dumbama comes up with!

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