Self Defense

Self defense is a responsibility that is found within the Bible. All believers are to use it to protect the lives of themselves and those around them. Too often Christians believe falsely that they are supposed to turn the other cheek and allow criminals to rape and pillage their families. They misinterpret what the Bible teaches about self defense. And the results can be tragic for their loved ones. 

Another mistaken notion many Christians have is that they should be pacifists instead of having arms that are sufficient to protect them and their families. The Bible clearly teaches that men are to protect their families and themselves when someone is trying to take their lives. To not do so is a clear violation of that biblical responsibility. The rest of the articles listed here expand on this basic principle.

Self-Defense is The Central Component of the 2nd Amendment


Attacks on the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense continue. This week the Senate held a hearing on “Stand Your Ground “laws.

Wikpedia defines stand a Stand Your Ground Law as:

“A type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. It is law in many jurisdictions within the United States. The basis may lie in either statutory law and or common law precedents.

Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the stand-your-ground law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention and arrest. A defense, including an affirmative defense, is a fact or set of facts that may avoid or mitigate the adverse legal consequences of the defendant’s otherwise unlawful conduct.

The Huffington Post reports on yesterday’s Senate hearing:

Sen. Ted Cruz accused lawmakers Tuesday of exploiting the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to advance their own political agenda at a Senate hearing on stand your ground laws.

The Texas Republican questioned the purpose of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing — its first on stand your ground laws since George Zimmerman was acquitted in July in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

“Unfortunately, there are many in Washington who seem more driven by advancing a political agenda than actually putting in place common-sense steps toward prosecuting violent crime,” Cruz said.

In McDonald versus Chicago Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote “Individual self-defense is ‘the central component’ of the 2nd Amendment right.” McDonald v Chicago was a case brought by Otis McDonald against gun bans that prevented him from having a firearm with which to defend his life and property.

Breitbart contributor AWR Hawkins writes:

Alito wrote the majority opinion for the court on that decision (McDonald v Chicago), and in it he stressed how the right to keep and bear arms and the right to self-defense are two sides of the same coin in the 2nd Amendment.

He even went so far as to say that the most preferred weapon with which to defend oneself in America is a handgun, thus “[the court] concluded, ‘citizens must be permitted to use handguns for the core lawful purpose of self-defense.’”

Because of the parameters of the case, Alito’s focus was on having a handgun in the home, but in December 2012 the 7th Circuit Court explained that the right to defense is applicable beyond the home and is actually “as important outside the home as inside.