God Gives Americans Authority in the 2nd Amendment: Romans 13:1-5
Have you thought about the United States Constitution as God giving us authority just as it is written in the Bible in Romans 13? The first ten amendments are telling U.S. citizens that we have authority in our land! We are going to look at several U.S. citizens who used their God-given authority with their Second Amendment rights by protecting themselves and others from being killed. These are tragic events that took place, but because of the Second Amendment and God-given authority, many lives were saved!
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval…” Romans 13:1-3
Do we have the authority to exercise our Second Amendment rights? Through this scripture, we see that all authority is established by God. Therefore, the U.S. Constitution is established by God, and as a U.S. citizen, we have the authority to bear arms to protect ourselves. What is the Second Amendment? A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As a U.S. citizen, we have the authority to protect ourselves and our nation!
April Evans is a mother and wife of a police officer; she was at home alone with her daughter, and someone broke into her home. She shares with us her experience and how she was able to use her God-given authority through the Second Amendment. “My husband is a police officer, and he works night shift. One night, he was at work, and my daughter and I were home alone. Someone started banging so hard on the door it broke in two places. He demanded that I let him in. I called 911, and I went to my room to get the gun. I heard a loud crash, and when I came out to the hallway to see, he was running towards me with a look in his eyes that I’ll never forget. I shot him twice and I held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.
“This event was something that changed my life. I’ve never been more afraid, but I’ve been standing strong. And I’ve told my story again and again because, with each person I told, they stood a little taller knowing that if I could protect myself and my family, that they could too. Protecting my family would not be possible without the right to bear arms. It’s an issue that’s obviously close to my heart. If these rights had been taken from us, I may not be standing here today, and I may not have a healthy, now-six-year-old daughter. I’d like to thank you, Mr. President, for your unapologetic stance on our right to bear arms. I truly believe those rights saved my life and the life of my daughter that night.”
Greg shares from his experience as a police officer that when we call for help from the police, it usually takes a while for them to get there, as the 911 call must go through a process and it depends on how far away the police officer is. Because of Evans right to bear arms, she was able to save the life of her child and herself.
Mark Vaughan is another U.S. citizen who exercised his Second Amendment authority. He shares his story, “I got a call late one Thursday afternoon while I was sitting at my office. A frantic call from our customer service group said an attacker with a knife was victimizing people in our office. I ran to my vehicle, ran the 100 yards to the other end of our complex. It was a very chaotic scene: screaming, crying, blood everywhere. I immediately entered the building, ran down a hall — I immediately entered a building, ran down a hallway, and saw a man attacking a woman in the neck and head with a large knife.
“I yelled. He stopped, paused for a moment, and ran at full speed toward me. At about 18 feet, I fired three rounds from my AR-15 Carbine immediately incapacitating the subject. He was a determined attacker. Unbeknownst to me, moments before, he had decapitated a coworker and had targeted several others in our operation to be attacked that day. I was able to take that action because I had a gun and I was prepared to use it…
“We have but one true thing — one true mission before us today, and that’s to come together like we never have before to preserve our foundational freedom to bear arms in the defense of ourselves, those we love, those we seek to protect, and most importantly, our liberty. Lastly, I’d like to express gratitude. No other President in our lifetime has stood with us so strongly in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Thank you, Mr. President.”
What if Vaughan did not have a weapon to stop the man that was beheading people? The best thing when there is a bad man or woman with a gun is a good man or woman with a gun!
Stephen Willeford is another man who stepped into a mass murder situation at his church. He also shares his story as he exercised his God-given authority, “On November 5th, 2017, I was home because I normally started — I was going to start my on-call at the hospital, where I work as an emergency plumber during on-call and could be called a lot. So, I stayed home from church that day because I wanted to get rest. It wasn’t to happen. My daughter came into my bedroom and said, “Dad, doesn’t that sound like gunfire to you?” I ran to my window, thinking it was someone tapping at the window. And she said, “No, come into the kitchen,” where I immediately said, “It is gunfire.” My daughter was an NRA distinguished expert when she was eight years old. All three of my children — my other daughter and my son — were NRA distinguished experts by the time they were eight years old. I was an NRA instructor.
“I ran to my safe, and my daughter ran outside — ran out to her car, got in the car, and ran reconnaissance for me. She ran up to the corner and came back while I was getting a gun out of my safe and loading it. And she said, “Dad, there’s a man in black tactical gear shooting up the church.” And I said, “Did you call 911?” And she said, “I did. They’re aware of it.” Right away, they told me police were coming, but I couldn’t wait. I couldn’t wait. Our police department in Wilson County has some of the best officers in this world, and they were racing as fast as they could, but my community couldn’t wait for them.
“I ran out the door, and I told my daughter to load another magazine for me because I gave her busy work. I didn’t want her to be there if I failed. And I didn’t want her to be there for a target for him. The Holy Spirit took over me at that moment. And as I ran across the street, I yelled out. The gunman heard me inside, and so did some of the people from the church. So, did my own daughter.
“He came running out of the church and started shooting at me. I put two shots center mass. He stopped shooting at me and ran to his vehicle. The two shots center mass — he had class III body armor on — they made no difference. But when he ran and turned around his door to his vehicle, I put one in his side and one in his legs. He got in his vehicle. He put two more shots through the side window. I put one where I perceived his head to be and shot through the window. He took off and ran away down the street, and I’m thinking, “Oh, my God, he’s getting away.” I ran out into the street and took one more shot that went through his back window, penetrated the driver’s side seat, and hit him just right of the left shoulder blade. He continued to run. I met up with a man that was just parked and watched the whole thing. And everybody in this world would have just driven on. But this is Texas. We aren’t known for our sanity. I found out later his name is Johnny. And I got in the truck with Johnny, and we gave chase. And at the end, the gunman, being the coward that he was, took his own life.
“Inside the church were more heroes than we can even talk about in our limited amount of time. But I’m here today to talk about the fact that I used my own AR-15 to confront a shooter that had dropped fifteen 30-round magazines in my church. He murdered 26 people and injured 20 more. There were only seven people that walked out of that church without a gunshot wound. If it were not for our Second Amendment rights, and the right to carry an AR-15, the same style gun that he had, then I would have been outgunned myself. And if it were not for God covering me and protecting me, I would not have been successful that day.
“I want to thank the NRA for being relentless in protecting our Second Amendment rights. And I would like to thank this President for defending the Second Amendment. And I would like to say today; he says, “Make America great again.” And he’s including you. You will make America great again with him. But he needs you. He needs your vote. And if you do not get out there and vote for this man, then it’s on you.”
If Willeford had not shown up with a gun, then all the people in the church most likely would have been killed! A good man showed up with a gun and confronted a bad man with a gun and lives were saved. When more U.S. citizens exercise their Second Amendment rights, then more evil people will be stopped. What do you think about the Second Amendment as a God-given right? We want to hear from you! Write to us at Friends@VFNKB.com. Greg and John shared in this segment.