SandyHookBookAlright, I’ll play along. Yes, I own an assault rifle and it is my right to own the assault rifle, the assault pistol, the assault slingshot, the assault knife and my most prized possession – the assault keyboard. The 2nd Amendment recognizes my God given right to my assault rifle as the 1st amendment recognizes my right to my assault tongue, my assault pen and my assault religion. You should be scared of them, Mr. President. Every would-be tyrant should fear a citizen who is armed with the knowledge, the weapons and the capacity of a free man.

So maybe I’m tired of the semantics. Call me the Eazy E of the gun debate but I embrace the moniker “assault weapon” as Eazy, Dre and Ice-cube embraced the N-word in N.W.A.; as my forefathers in Antioch embraced the Roman slur “Christian.” There are those who would run from the term “assault weapon” because they know that leftist demagogues use the term to frighten low information soccer moms. I don’t run from it; I embrace it. I won’t pretend that I need a 10 round magazine to shoot a deer or even to protect my crib. I need it to shoot the bastard or the tyrant who would have me in chains or try to take my guns (see previous column).

The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.

About the author: John Kirkwood

John Kirkwood is a son of Issachar. He is a Zionist, gun-toting, cigar-smoking, incandescent light bulb-using, 3.2 gallon flushing, fur-wearing, Chinese (MSG) eating, bow-hunting, SUV driving, unhyphenated American man who loves his wife, isn't ashamed of his country and does not apologize for his Christianity. He Pastors Grace Gospel Fellowship Bensenville, where "we the people" seek to honor "In God we Trust." He hosts the Christian wake up call IN THE ARENA every Sunday at noon on AM 1160 and he co-hosts UnCommon Sense, the Christian Worldview with a double shot of espresso on He is the proud homeschooling dad of Konnor, Karter and Payton and the "blessed from heaven above" husband of the Righteous and Rowdy Wendymae.

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  • Sam Colt

    There’s no such thing as an assault rifle; but good column.

  • Wes Walker

    Seems the Administration has picked a fight it cannot win… with the very people able to stand firm against government throwing its weight around.
    Well written.

  • 19gundog43

    BOHICA, Bend Over Here It Comes Again. If the dumb masses believe
    this pencil-necked, cowardly, tin horn tyrant will stop at 23
    unconstitutional EOs they are indeed sheep. The very day Zero was given the
    means to raise taxes on the “rich” by a gutless Republican Congress he stated
    “this was not enough”. He knows nothing short of complete confiscation of our
    arms will stop We the People. Even if this diaper stain completely destroys the
    2nd Amendment I still have my GOD GIVEN right to arm myself, because that right
    comes from my God not government. I will follow Jesus’s command to by a sword ,
    todays AR-15 rather than some spineless dictator’s demand to kneel.

    • John Kirkwood

      Amen Gundog! You nailed it!

  • Mary Alger

    Excellent column John and I love your bio!

  • Jonathan Anderson

    It may sadly be time for Americans to “study politicks and war.”

  • bornfreeamerican

    Love it!

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  • McFerguson

    Whoa! Did Kirkwood nail it, or not? Don’cha just love somebody who speaks his mind and wears an extra-large jock with ease.

  • mort_f

    I am not a Christian, but I have given up on the liberal, Reformed, jewish ‘rabbis for Obama’. Does Pastor Kirkwood have any recommendations for me? I have no interest in converting, but I am in 100 percent agreement with him, and can almost totally match his bio.

  • 1_Eddie_1

    Bravo! Your article is very well written, it minces no words and is straight to the point. I agree with your article in most of it’s merits, however, I disagree with one point. At what point does taxation become theft? I don’t think that Americans should be taxed anymore. I’m fed up with gun control laws and I’m fed up with taxes. The left wing keeps saying that we need “common sense” gun laws. Really? That is an insult to our previous lawmakers, and to us by claiming that we do not have any sense. We have capitulated on the second ammendment way too much. I will stand on my feet and die like a man before I live on my knees.

  • Texas Tanker

    Lots of folks from the uneducated side of this argument scoff at the thought of everyday citizens taking up arms to oppose the military and law enforcement agencies should it come to that. There are literally millions of American veterans who have experience in asymmetrical warfare. The VC, NVA, fedayeen, and mujahadeen provided good learning environments. Never fight a numerically and technically superior opposing force in their preferred fight. Choose the time, place, and manner to make your fight. Take the full-auto weapons and all militarily usable gear from the casualties. That’s how that game gets played.
    For those of you who don’t know your history, the patron saint of the Liberal/Progressive movement, Saint Franklin of Roosevelt, started all of this gun-prohibition, gun-control mess during his first term in office. He persuaded Congress to pass the National Firearms Act of 1934. His reasoning was that civilians should not possess fully-automatic firearms because criminals such as Dillinger, Nelson, Barrow & Parker, and Capone had misused such arms. Until that time, American citizens could legally own the Thompson submachine gun and the Browning Automatic Rifle, and others. These were standard weapons found in infantry squads and platoons. Their possession followed the Founding Father’s premise that ctizens be as well armed as the military in terms of small arms. The only impediment was the cost of the firearm and the amount of ammunition to feed them.
    Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Criminals misuse a firearm, ergo the firearm must be evil. Ban the firearm and ownership thereof for the “public good” and “for the safety of the children.” Please! I have owned numerous firearms in my 52 years of shooting and hunting. During the same time I owned several automobiles. None of my firearms or cars have ever taken a human life. The Kennedy family can’t say the same for Teddy’s cars. MOLON LABE!

  • John Kirkwood

    You know when my AR-15 becomes an assault rifle? When you try and take it from me. #molonlabe

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