Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …

SandyHookBookMy right to own a gun, to stroke it, to use it, and to pass it on to my children is not a matter of pragmatism, so I’m not going to argue statistics or polls, even though they’d be in my favor.  And this list is in no particular order because, after the top two reasons, it really doesn’t matter how you order the rest.  It’s like the top musical acts of the twentieth century; there’s Elvis and the Beatles and where you rank The Stones, The Who or Led Zeppelin is just a matter of preference.  In this case, the top two reasons to own a gun are to “shoot a bastard” and to “shoot a tyrant,” or at least to have the capacity. 
Yes, I like poking holes in paper at 1100 feet per second and I love to take a pheasant down with my Remington 870, but “sport” and “hunting” are not the reasons that our founders were so “fanatical” about gun rights.  Guns are also a great investment and in the Obama age, that’s a rare commodity, so it cracks the top ten.  Want a good return on your investment, buy gold; want a good return on your freedom – buy lead. Still, not in the top two. I even like to stare at the guns in my collection and to see the “O” face of my friends when they eye-fondle my antique Winchester rifle; but our fathers didn’t risk lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for my right to display museum pieces.  So let’s get to the meat of the matter, shall we?
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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  • Benjamin

    Well said!

  • Marge

    Great ending…it would do well for every American to re-read the Declaration of Independence, memorize the natural rights clause and take special note of the list of grievances that caused the Colonist to say enough is enough to Brittan and its tyrannical rule.

    • Michial Lawrence

      Also all of these gun grabbers from Obama on down need to study the constitution, as well as their oaths of office. They need to be held strictly to the promise they make when they utter the words that are in their oaths of office.

      • willowa

        You’re right of course, but in the ‘checks and balences’ sytem set up in our gov’t, our forefathers did not envision a mostly gutless and corrupt congress! Really only Congress can hold them to their oaths, but much of congress ignores the oath themselves! By the way, does it make sense to anyone that congress only has an 18% approval rating, yet MOST are re-elected and returned?! How is this possible?

        • WASP

          Or a spineless and dependent judiciary.

      • Jaime Cancio

        Obama from Kenya does not speak the American language and this is why he uses the prompter so much; he pronounces each word phonetically and has no idea what he is saying; or could it be he really is that stupid he needs other people to kraft his words? And as an instructor in Constitutional Law he has to know already he is committing treason – or is he but like most blacks when confronted by police when they are caught during a crime who profess both their ignorance and intolerance for the law and demonstrate a disrespect for hard working law abidding honest citizens? For violation his oath of office alone I believe he should immediately removed from office.

        • leithel1

          Feet first.

        • LadyforLiberty

          Agree Jaime!!
          NO SOCIALIST should ever hold the Office of President, but when one gets to lead USA after so little real experience, no Executive Order should be deemed legal if he stries to change America as Obama has clearly done!
          However no-one in Washington has the cahones to prevent this Socialist coup!

          • A. G. T. Jr.

            Jaime, leithel1 and LadyforLiberty, I very well agree with y’all. Please let me join you. With the four of us together, we can protect and cover our four sides – front, two flanks and back. We all know how deceptive and traitorious this Kenyan boy and his lackeys are.

      • LadyforLiberty

        Right on Michail!
        Maybe Obama should be in receipt of a legal subpoena as he took an Oath Of Allegiance and then plotted to do the contrary of what he was sworn in to “Serve & Protect”!!!

    • Gman

      Your right Marge, but the American people are more interested in Brad and Angelina, who wore what on the red carpet or what’s happening with the Kardashians. You couldn’t get the under 600 people in Washington that run this country, which would be all branches of government and the people of this administration, to read the Declaration of Independence and or the Constitution. The majority of the American people don’t care about the reason why this country did what it did almost 240 years ago. As long as the immoral and lazy American leeches that have given up on what this country is (or was) all about and keep voting in and allowing these politicians to dictate everyone’s lives by not representing the people and growing this government. The entitlements and free handouts are needing to stop. People are going to have to start being responsible again, step up and become self reliant. We will otherwise keep going down this socialistic communist road we are on. Hopefully we are not too far down that road to make it back. It’s up to the people. No one else.

  • Historyshowsus

    Amen brother Kirkwood

  • bangurhead

    What? No Black Sabbath?

    • noweareman

      You’re right!
      Sabbath always gets dissed!

  • jeepdude911

    I believe I could hang with the good pastor.


    GREAT READ, John! ~ OooRahhhhh!!!

  • Herbert H Spann

    No better or more needed words for our times

  • Chad

    That was a GREAT read… THANKS!!

  • Darrell Lynch

    John is spot on! If they pass new gun laws, I will disobey them. If they demand we turn them in, I will not. If they come to my home, people will die.

    • Sagebrush6

      You’ve got that right. We have people sneaking around in the woods around our place and the cops won’t do anything until somebody gets hurt. The cops even threaten the homeownes by telling them they better not interfere ! Huh ? Just bury the bodies.

      • DaHeat

        Right! Here in my Texas neighborhood, I can’t even get the Sheriff to patrol, let alone take any enforcement action! Their response is, if I don’t like the Black violence, then I should move! Maybe, hopefully the new Bexar County Sheriff will do something to correct this crap!!!…

        • Sagebrush6

          Perhaps you need a “new sheriff in town” also. I suggested this in a town meeting and the coward left the meeting. Gutless wonder.

    • earlwatters

      im with you brother to the end

    • Jack Merrick

      you are right on mine will never given up freely pry them from my cold dead fingers

      • WASP

        If we get organized, we can pry the gummint storm troopers’ assault rifles from their cold dead hands. Better them than us. Then we’ll have more guns and ammo. What the moron gummint gun grabbers don’t realize is that as long as they have firearms, WE’LL have firearms. The only way to avoid that is for them to not have guns. Waddya figure the chances are of THAT happening?

    • Jaime Cancio

      Some of the police, Sheriff and HP [active and retired] I know; if and when TSHTF, are going to go home and protect their families and so many are saying they will never ever give up their guns….and in one way or another are saying the same as you; the fun part listening to soldiers and National Guardsmen also saying the same – they will not harm the interest of the American citizen and the will not carry out unlawful orders if OBozo gives them.
      As American citizens we have a right to not follow bad laws, the right to bare arms, the right to privacy and the protection against self incrimination. Born free and staying that way – cry ‘Freedom’ – and it is time to feed ‘the dogs of war’ as soon they may be needed. Let’s not follow into history what has happened to other nations when communism took over, their people disarmed and made defenseless as it always means soon following the death in the millions and millions as history has already shown us.

    • Randy gaiser

      All of my guns just got stolen, I don’t know what happened to them and if you don’t believe me you can just kiss my ass.


    Through out the Bible God aided the Jews in destroying their enemy with the sword even every living being in at least one city.

    Don’t become the enemy. Let freedom ring! Nuf said!

  • futurelife

    Awesome and I am passing this on to all on my email list

    • The Blue Collar Man

      When you do pass on the article, be sure to mention that Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has actually “looked at pictures of guns” in her research.
      That means if it looks bad, probably you won’t be ever able to buy one. Go to NRA site to find an article about the bill.

  • gfsomsel

    You’re wrong. The top musical acts of the twentieth century were Dietrich Fischer Dieskow and Rostropovich.

  • DJ_Fisher

    Everyone in the USA should read this. They won’t but should. I’ve never read an article that was so spot on on this subject. Thank you Mr. Kirkwood.

    • WellNowDear

      Maybe we could tie a bunch of the AFAM crowd up and make them hear it. We would have to tie their hands down so they couldn’t stop up their ears, though.

  • LocksmithBubba

    Every citizen of the USA needs to read this column and then read the Declaration of Independence and study the U.U. Constitution before they should be allowed to vote..Very good article I will continue to listen to Bro. Kirkwood on the Christian Worldview.

  • kenneth russell

    Now here is common sense in it’s most basic form. May God bless you John Kirkwood, and keep you safe to continue spreading the truths of this administration.

  • rivahmitch

    Well said, John. Semper Fi!

  • Bluewaterjazzer

    Actually, I would rank the Who and Led Zeppelin, and almost any other decent classic rock group ahead of Elvis and the Beatles. I prefer to listen to jazz and blues. Call me weird but Elvis and the Beatles were run of the mill pop music with a gimmick. I miss Miles Davis, Freddy Hubbard and Milt Jackson.

    • krdave

      You are, of course, in the real minority. Anyone who ranks run of the mill rock bands ahead of Elvis and the Beatles is pretty far out. I’d rather have the Stones than the Beatles, but I can’t argue with his choice. I liked Creedence ahead of the two you came up with.

      • BSsifter

        best band of the 70’s…..Lynard Skynard

    • Arationofreason

      A true aficionado.

  • AJ

    Well said. To protect us from the government. That is the reason for being armed.

  • John Watson

    Nice rant but it doesn’t mean anything while the Illinois legislators vote against your Right to all of the firearms you mentioned. The Ivory Tower attitude stops them from thinking that 500 Chicago dead have nothing to do with them. That sending police to your door is nothing more than obeying their laws. That idle talk of a Civil War has nothing to do with their actions. That passing illegal laws has no penalty under law. Democrats have proven that they can break constitutional laws, election laws and even their own gun laws and be rewarded.

  • RGS48

    We must never give up our guns. Never give up our freedom. They go hand in hand. Free or die

  • Fred_K

    Do not let the elected officials twist the meanings in the Constitution to achieve their hidden agenda. Interpret it as the originators intended. Great article.

    • taliesin319

      The Supreme Court Communists have no use for the Constitution. If they did they would not be using it every time the need to use bathroom tissue arises. They need to be told to go to the store and buy the kind the rest of us use.

  • Camden

    Probably the best commentary on gun ownership I have ever read. I am sick of them calling the AR-15 an “Assault” rifle/weapon… I didnt acquire one so I could storm into an area to overtake an enemy or gain a position, I have one for DEFENSE! I consider it a “defend rifle”. That is what mature and resposnible God loving people view it as. It is there to defend my family and my freedom. And thankfully if the need ever arises, it is there to storm that area to overtake that enemy (foreign or domestic).

    • Reginald Zenkewich

      America’s enemies are the liberals in congress who advocate socialism over individual freedoms as well as being surrounded by Muslims in the and around the Whitehouse who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood. OUR ENEMIES are those who advocate disarming every American so they can rule over all and everyone.

  • 19gundog43

    Pastor John I have only one complaint. That’s that you are not my pastor.
    The Church and the Nation needs more pastors and Christians like you. I am sick
    of the mealy mouth, spineless, nicer than Jesus so-called pastors and
    “Christians’ today. America is circling the toilet bowl and all they care about
    is their so-called “social justice” crap! I will stand beside a pagan with a gun
    defending freedom before I will cower with a spineless so-called christian when
    the tyrants come for my guns. Rock on Pastor we armed Believers are behind you
    to the bitter end!!

    • Guest

      Over all, a good article, but our so called “rights” referred to in this article, and everyone’s Contitutional genuflection is grossly misplaced. All these “rights” are actually based on Biblical responsibilities! It’s called the Doctrine of Self-Defense, and comes in under the Commandments.

      A favorite hymn (very hard to locate in any Christian church hymnal today) is often performed by our family. It was penned over a century ago and posits a radical approach to government: It’s based on God’s Word, and the words are ever more on point today than ever!

      God Send Us Men

      Lyrics written 1909 by Frederick J. Gillman (1866-1949)
      Published: 1916 / Tune: Kedron, 1799

      God send us men whose aim ’twill be
      Not to defend some ancient creed,
      But to live out the laws of Christ
      In every thought and word and deed.

      God send us men alert and quick
      His lofty precepts to translate,
      Until the laws of Christ become
      The laws and habits of the state.

      God send us men of steadfast will,
      Patient, courageous, strong and true,
      With vision clear and mind equipped
      His will to learn, his work to do.

      God send us men with hearts ablaze,
      All truth to love, all wrong to hate;
      These are the patriots nations need;
      These are the bulwarks of the state.

      Hope this blesses someone:

      • grinner

        Reading is a skill..!! Pastor John said they were/are God given rights.

  • marineh2ominer

    The JOHN KIRKWOODS are EXTREMELY rare today , only because they are men of integrity and courage . GOD BLESS JOHN KIRKWOOD AND HIS !!

    • WASP

      Reminds me a little of John Peter Muhlenberg. My kind of clergyman.

  • Mike Young

    Who could logically argue with this man, he is a True American and Patriot.

  • Patriot

    Loved your article, Pastor Kirkwood, and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I think that the time is coming quickly when the rubber meets the pavement regarding this issue of owning a weapon. It will separate the men from the boys. As a senior citizen, I have watched this great nation dissolve before my very eyes, watching the evolution of demise and death struggle which would make George Washington cry. If we value what we have had in the past, the patriots will once again rally under the flag for a restoration of the principles and integrity which have been the envy and sought-after goal of so many in the past. If it does not happen, we will be doomed to capitulate to the tyrants who would enslave us or eliminate us as obstructionists to their diabolical goals. Carry on, John, in the only truth that will keep us free. You do not stand alone.

  • barto

    If I had my personal armed personnel around me at all times like Feinstein, perhaps I wouldn’t need to feel the need for a personal carry firearm BUT i would still maintain the need for armed protection within my home! Why do we taxpayers have to pay for personal protection for her or any lawmaker, did we get to vote on it?

    • rcbobj

      Hell she carries a .38 pistol in her purse, and she has a CCW.

  • The Blue Collar Man

    Forget about inheriting your Father’s/Grandfather’s guns. You Ladies, if you know about guns, and you hubby has one, YOU won’t get it when he passes, so you’ll have to learn how to buy a “Black Market” replacement.

    This is in the gun control Bill that will be submitted in Jan, 2013, authored by Dianne Fienstien (D-CA) The guns wil be required to be turned over to the Government, when the registered owner dies.
    In some cases, that could be some serious money you will lose. In rare cases, a small fortune will be lost. A serious collector could own thousands of dollars in collectables. I doubt you’ll be able to inherit any, or maybe a just a couple.

  • Bourbonnais

    It has taken a while for the cycle from King George to Pres. Obama, but now we must realize that this is our last stand.
    If we allow the government to continue taking our rights from us, we will be servants of the government and not served by it.

    • WASP

      We’ve come full circle and we’re back to where we were in 1775. We have a foreign tyrant taxing us without our consent, and trying disarm us so we can’t resist his oppression. The American Revolution began when an imprudent tyrant sent his troops to Lexington & Concord to seize guns and ammo, and the fool started a war which cost England its most valuable colony. History repeats itself. Let’s hope it doesn’t take 6 or 7 years to rid ourselves of this tyrant and his loyalist supporters.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    Well said! However, there’s another reason to own a gun which is even more important the two you’ve provided. The #1 reason is because it’s a God-expected RESPONSIBILITY and your worse than an infidel if, at such a time it’s required, your not prepared to defend yourself and your family by whatever means necessary (1 Timothy 5:8, etc.).

    Rights are easily licensed and limited (case in point, the Second Amendment) by whatever government happens to be in power. Responsibilities remain the same regardless what the government says or does.

    For more regarding rights versus responsibilities, see blog article “Rights, Rights, Everyone Wants Their Rights” at

  • fenwick

    Well said, John. These gun-hating liberals will never understand that it is the criminals they have coddled who commit these terrible gun crimes. We have to be prepared when that knock comes to our door. As you say: two to the chest, one to the head—in defense of our rights. Keep up the good work.

  • Sagebrush6

    Police are/can only be reactive. They only become active after a crime is comitted to determine who the loser is and wright a report. They can/will do nothing before the incident. Temporaily creating an avoidance of a crime – maybe by their presence but usually the predater will just wait until they pass on by and then do their deed.
    If you have a gun, you at least can equal the playing ground and very possibly send the perpatrator on to a better place. The police aren’t going o be there to help you, only clean up afterwards.

  • John W.H.

    Good read, and the only thing I can add is the bastards in the government right now that have never had to defend the constitution, the ones that think they can change it instead of defend it, need to be the first to go by what ever means necessary.

  • Gary Griffiths

    Excellent article! The quote by Claire Wolfe was priceless! And, sadly, so very true!

  • willowa

    Excellent! By the way, re: “…WWII, the defenceless Brits…”, how true. Few, if any, of those guns we sent were ever returned! Buried, not used sometimes, but never returned. Also, recent studes have indicated the ‘gunfree’ Britain, is the most violent country in Europe, and even comes in ahead of the US and South Africa, long known to be a dangerous place.

    ‘God created man and Sam Colt made them equal [more or less]‘

    “No HONEST person has anything to fear from a law abiding citizen with a gun!” BB

  • Samuel Clemens

    Feinstein & Bloomberg have delusions of being king & queen of the world. This they can’t accomplish as long as the 2nd Amendment gives people guns to protect themselves from delusional Hitlers.

  • HongryHawg

    Great piece altogether but I find the most telling in the point that in their drive for accumulation of power, they aren’t interested in facts contrary to their assertions. It is pointless to argue for an armed populace because their point is to disarm us, never mind the facts.

  • (1)EA.

    Bravo!!! So be it!

  • Jaime Cancio

    I always thought the two good reasons to own a gun were 1.) I am very good with rifle, shotgun or pistol; and, 2.) I am not afraid to use it if the situations arises I need one. Not be confused the number of times already a firearm has saved my life; this to include a cigarette lighter made to exact scale to resemble a Colt 25 Auto Pocket Pistol when I was confronted by an enraged seventeen year old person who had an 8 inch knife who was trying his best to kill me; just the sight of that cigarette lighter stopped the confrontation; allowed me to get the weapon away from my aggressor and more importantly stop the aggression. Police came, handcuffed me; with all the witnesses telling what happened; this a planned attack I had no knowledge; the police released me and arrested the teenager. The teenagers mother arrived in a taxi, the police released the kid to his mother who then threw her son into the taxi and started beating the kid with blows and kicks and elbowing I would respect, the officers doing nothing and finally leaving. The rest of the story – next day two police detectives came to arrest me for pulling a ‘gun’ on a teenager and again handcuffed me [what difference does it make the age if he is trying to kill you and truthfully what was I supposed to do in the middle of an attack, 'hey, stop for a second from attempting to kill me and tell me your age' - he and his whole illegal immigrant arsewipes of a family and always in trouble with the local law]. They told me to give them the gun, I presented it, they saw it in my hands, I lit my cigarette, and handed it to them. They handed ligher back to me, took off the handcuffs and left with this warning, ‘you ever pull a ‘gun’ again on a teenager next time your going to jail.’ Right!, I know they were laughing as much as I was as they drove away in their offical police car. Or would they prefer I did nothing and was killed.
    The question always troubled me; here was an illegal immigrant/illegal alien in my country trying to kill me; how is this not an aggressive attack meant to kill or harm by a foreign invader? Since in this country these attacks are occurring more freguently and gang violence is growing doubling now every two years – why is this not seen as acts of war against the United States of Ameria and the Amerian public?

  • Arationofreason

    another ~6,000 reasons to own a gun.

    NRA-ILA | Armed Citizen

    Screen clipping taken: 12/30/2012 7:50 PM

  • gunner48

    enough is enough ! Let it be. Before we cant turn it around! This may be the beginning of the end!

  • Charlie Smith

    Thank you Sir. That is the best damn article I’ve ever read.

  • Bimbam


    May I tell you a short Indian story?

    About 150 years ago Mexicans traveling through Indian country with their
    families when Indians showed up. The Indians fearing the armed Mexicans
    made a deal with them. They approached peacefully and unarmed and told
    them if they gave their weapons to them (rifles, pistols, etc) they
    would leave them alone and they could go on their merry way.

    The Mexicans believed the Indians and handed over their weapons. Shortly
    after, the Indians tied the Mexican men upside down on their wagon
    wheels and burnt them alive, ravaged and scalped the women, slaughtered
    the children and ate the food the Mexicans had with them.

  • Steven Newman

    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:11)

    “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” –Thomas Jefferson

    “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” –John Jay, letter to Peter Augustus Jay, 1784

    “This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be
    enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” — Benjamin Franklin

  • adamenochnoah

    Everyone needs to make up their mind that govt force will be met with citizen force should they choose to continue to violate the Constitution.

  • Robert Alexander

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ INDEED, but only with and for those in obedience with CHRIST the living Jesus.

    • dHb

      My but how you Christians love to twist things around and
      invent ways to promote and protect your superstition. The quote was made by Spartan King Leonidas 480 years before anyone started touting the fable of Jesus the God-man. It applies to ANYONE that takes a stand against tyranny and there are
      many non-Christians that do.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    No single gun law, and we have over 20,000 of them, has ever stopped a criminal intent on causing havoc. Passing additional laws will only serve to disarm honest people. Nothing government does will have any effect whatever on criminals.

    Law-abiding people use guns to defend themselves between two and two and a half million times each year. Denied a means of self-defense they would add massive numbers to the crime rate.

    I, thankfully, was only needed a firearm once (in this country). Many years ago I was traveling with my young wife and baby when we were approached, and a highway rest stop area late at night, by three predators. I didn’t need to fire a shot; it was sufficient for me to rack the slide of my P-38 to cause them to determine that their presence was required elsewhere.

    As I said, I only needed a gun once, and I didn’t need to fire it. But, without it we’d have been murdered or scarred for life forty-six years ago.

    Individual defense, incidentally, is not the reason the Founders championed gun ownership. The ability of citizens to be victimized by tyrannical government was uppermost in their minds.

    So, I only needed a gun once – so far.

  • UdornVet1970

    People say that America would never do what Hitler did, or Stalin, or any of the other totalitarian countries who disarmed their people and then slaughtered them in the millions. Well, guess what. America has already done exactly that. Ever hear of Wounded Knee, or the Sand Creek Massacre? The U.S. Cavalry disarmed the Indians at those locations and then slaughtered them, men, women, and children. The lesson to be learned from those incidents? Don’t trust the American government. They have no interest in protecting you from violence.

  • Tonto

    And……There it is.

  • dHb

    A very good article.

  • Jim Schafer

    let not our children graduate from high school without a knowledge(study and testing) of our constitution. I feel that if we do not re-introduce them to these principles, then there may not be a constitution to defend because we as the people may no longer be a people to defend.

  • WASP

    Can somebody forward this to the White House? I know the gummint has stooges that routinely monitor sites like this, but I think a directed e-mail might get thru to the Kenyan. If it causes him or his fascist staff even a little heart burn, it’s worth it. Maybe it will screw up his Coronation a little.

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