Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Friday, June 23, 2017

FBI Report Debunks Gun-Control Advocates

The FBI published a brief report here on the recent shooting in Alexandria. It debunks the common arguments put forth by gun-control advocates. Charles Cooke provides analysis here.

Consider the term, "gun violence," commonly used by gun control advocates and which imbues an inanimate object with the ability to act and to commit violence. Guns, of course, cannot be violent in themselves. Violence originates with people who use guns and a variety of other weapons, including fists, to commit violence.

Very few children are killed by firearm accidents compared to other causes of child deaths. Yet, gun control advocates have created the false impression that there is a national epidemic in accidental firearm deaths of children. In fact, the National MCH Center for Child Death Review, an organization that monitors causes of child deaths, reports that seven times more children die from drowning and five times more from suffocation than from firearm accidents. Yet we don’t hear of "drowning violence," "swimming pool violence," "bathtub violence," or "suffocation violence."

The NRA is correct to insist that "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." We have known this since the Sullivan Act. New York state senator Timothy Sullivan, a corrupt Tammany Hall politician, represented New York’s Red Hook district. Commercial travelers passing through the district would be relieved of their valuables by armed robbers. In order to protect themselves and their property, travelers armed themselves. This raised the risk of, and reduced the profit from, robbery. Sullivan’s outlaw constituents demanded that Sullivan introduce a law that would prohibit concealed carry of pistols, blackjacks, and daggers, thus reducing the risk to robbers from armed victims. The criminals, of course, were already breaking the law and had no intention of being deterred by the Sullivan Act from their business activity of armed robbery. Thus, the effect of the Sullivan Act was precisely what the criminals intended. It made their life of crime easier. The first successful gun control advocates were criminals,

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -- Thomas Jefferson, On Crimes and Punishment

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -
George Mason ( One of the founders of the United States )

"If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall  disarm it ourselves."  --Joseph Stalin

One must wonder what the real agenda for gun control advocacy is. While there are undoubtedly many sincere misguided people who believe it will diminish violence (they naively believe external law is the key instead of focusing on the heart where the violence originates), they are for the most part, puppets on a string. The puppet masters, with the real ultimate goal of public control so as to attain ultimate power, stay out of public sight. History makes that undeniably clear.

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