We recently discussed here the Ninth Circuit’s decision that limiting private citizens to a magazine capacity of ten rounds was unconstitutional.

The Court referred to them as LCMs, Large Capacity Magazines. We gun people call them Standard Capacity Magazines since that’s what so many of the firearms in question – handguns, rifles, and even shotguns – were originally designed for.  It continues to amaze me that people whose critical thinking skills are otherwise intact can’t “get it” on this issue.

First, of course, is the utter stupidity of believing that criminals who are prepared to commit murder and face life in prison without possibility of parole, or even capital punishment, will somehow be deterred from breaking a magazine limit law. But let’s look at the common questions of “Why do private citizens need more than ten bullets to defend themselves? And if they do, why can’t they just reload, or carry more guns?”

Glock 9mm L-R: 33 round, standard 17 round and “neutered” 10 round.

For one thing, most home defense guns are stored in secure places and not carried on one’s person when at home.  A home invasion can happen in seconds. When you grab the gun, it’s unlikely you’ll have time to grab more ammunition: what’s in it at the start is probably all you’ll have until it’s over, one way or the other.  Do you want the two rounds in a Joe Biden Signature Model double barrel shotgun against three or more armed home invaders?

For another, violent criminals running on adrenaline and often drugs and alcohol can soak up bullet after bullet before they run out of blood or a lucky hit short-circuits their central nervous system.  More bad guys wear body armor today than in the time of John Dillinger: current news shows violent Antifas wearing it openly.  And surgical bullet placement for a single bullet in tense life-or-death circumstances is more the exception than the norm.

Magazine limits have a disproportionate, disparate impact against the elderly and the handicapped.  It’s hard enough for someone in a wheelchair to get to a gun at all, never mind packing spare magazines or extra guns. And how does the wheelchair-bound victim get to cover to reload in any case? I can testify from experience that arthritic hands slow you down, too. How much of a nightmare is it to run out of ammo when you’re trying to save your family from a home invader? This article will give you an example.

If your state has a magazine capacity limit, the recent Ninth Circuit decision cited above offers some hope for the future. If your state allows you to have standard capacity magazines, fight like hell to keep them when, as they eventually will, Prohibitionists attempt to prohibit them.


  1. Mas – While all the points that you make above, regarding the tactical value of standard capacity magazines for self-defense, are accurate; they are also “beside the point” as far as the firearms-prohibitionists are concerned.

    Firearms-Prohibitionists are a branch of the left-wing, ideological tree. Like all Leftists, they are Statists.

    Definition of Statist – an advocate of a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.

    All Left-Wing ideologies regard the individual as basically innocent, naive and very, very weak. Too weak to effectively function in a world beset with so many negative social and environmental influences. Leftists, therefore, have no faith in democracy (never-mind what they say in public) and no faith in the individual controlling their own destiny.

    To the leftist mind, the only safety in this world lies in having an ultra-powerful centralized government that can have the power to organize and control the population and to fight against the world’s negative influences. Only an ultra-powerful, left-wing government can save mankind from himself and lead the way to the left-wing utopia of peace and plenty. Their idea of paradise is a flock of sheep feeding peacefully in a pasture under the watchful eye of big-brother shepherd and his sheep-dogs. In other words, leftists view people as sheep and they want (and expect) people to act like sheep.

    Should the sheep be armed? From the left-wing perspective, that is ridiculous. A sheep is too incompetent to handle a firearm. A sheep would only end up hurting itself or some other members of the flock. No, from their point of view, only the shepherd and his guard dogs need the ability to fight.

    Therefore, these firearm-prohibitionists are EXACTLY THAT. They are people who ideologically believe that the PEOPLE should not have access to ARMS and AMMUNITION. They are people who violently and completely DISAGREE with the concept embodied in the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. Which is why they work continually to dismiss and undermine the 2A.

    These people don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the capacity of magazines. Their arguments to limit their capacity is just so many lies and distortions. They want the public disarmed and any rationalization that they can dream up (stop mass murders, limit crime, fight racism, take unsafe firearms off the street, limit armor-piercing ammo, limit lead ammo for environmental reasons, etc. etc. etc.) that allows them to chip-away at firearm ownership and our 2A rights is GREAT in their book.

    So, providing logical reasons as to why more magazine capacity is GOOD may be of some limited use to sway the small group of people who still have open minds and are undecided (despite decades of left-wing, anti-gun propaganda). However, for the most part, it is a useless exercise.

    The people who are not leftists and who support the 2A will already know the value of magazine capacity. So, it is “preaching to choir” as far as they are concerned. Those on the other side (the left-wing gun-grabbers) will not be persuaded no matter what facts you present or what reasons you give. They are ideologically opposed to you having a firearm at all much less you having an effective one. To them YOU ARE SHEEP and you OUGHT to be DISARMED and then sent into the flock so that you can be properly managed and sheared. To their minds, it is an OUTRAGE that you have a gun at all. They would take away even your “Joe Biden Signature Model double barrel shotgun” if they could!

    These leftists are TOTALITARIANS. All they care about is obtaining more POWER, WEALTH and CONTROL for themselves by centralizing more POWER in the STATE. Armed American Citizens are an EXTREME ROADBLOCK which is impeding their plans and desires. They mean to eventually remove that roadblock. If you defeat them today on the issue of magazine capacity, they will simply be back tomorrow with some new rationalization designed to fool the weak-minded into putting on their chains. To them, failure simply means that they must lie, cheat, steal, and indoctrinate harder in the future!

    • These people don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the capacity of magazines.

      Correct. They only push magazine limits as one more incremental step toward the prohibition of all firearms.

      We “gun people” know that having effective arms with which to defend ourselves and our country from criminals and tyrants is what ensures our liberties for the next generation. Effective arms means having standard-capacity magazines. Limited-capacity magazine laws limit the utility of arms.

      If the utility is limited, fewer people will be willing to expend the time, energy, and financial cost; at some point, it’s not worth the hassle for the reduced firepower. (As Mas pointed out, how much good is the Joe-Biden-approved double-barrel shotgun against 3+ armed home invaders? Is that limited efficacy worth the cost of a decent double-barrel shotgun for home defense?)

      Fewer people seeing the utility of arms means fewer people exercising their freedoms, which in turn makes it easier to restrict those freedoms.

      Restricting freedoms — reducing the power of the citizen in favor of the power of the State — is the end goal, and Leftists are willing to play the long game to see it happen. If they don’t get their desired laws now, they’ll lay the foundation to get them in a generation or two. In the long game, we need to win each battle to keep our liberties; they only need to win once to take everything.

      Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. — Patrick Henry

    • @TN_MAN

      Here’s a reminder of what the hysterical firearms prohibitionists likely sing in perfect harmony during scheduled basement to basement communications with Marxist Brother Biden and Marxist Sister Harris. I wonder if they all sip hot cocoa, wear feet jammies and tell scary ghost stories at weekend sleepovers coordinated and supervised by their handlers?

      After you read the English lyrics of “The Internationale” as adapted by Billy Bragg, please consider giving us your valued perspective about how closely many of the lyrics of the Communist anthem align with the Democrat Party’s political policy objectives advanced during its recent virtual convention.

      “The Internationale” (Communist Anthem), English Lyrics, as adapted by Billy Bragg

      [Verse 1]
      Stand up, all victims of oppression,
      For the tyrants fear your might,
      Don’t cling so hard to your possessions
      For you have nothing if you have no rights!
      Let racist ignorance be ended, 

      For respect makes the empires fall,
      Freedom is merely privilege extended
      Unless enjoyed by one and all!

      So come brothers and sisters
      For the struggle carries on,
      The Internationale

      Unites the world in song,
      So comrades, come rally
      For this is the time and place,
      The international ideal

      Unites the human race!

      [Verse 2]
      Let no one build walls to divide us
      Walls of hatred nor walls of stone,
      Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
      We’ll live together or we’ll die alone.
      In our world poisoned by exploitation
      Those who have taken, now they must give,
      And end the vanity of nations
      We’ve but one Earth on which to live.

      So come brothers and sisters
      For the struggle carries on,
      The Internationale

      Unites the world in song.
      So comrades, come rally
      For this is the time and place,
      The international ideal

      Unites the human race!

      [Verse 3]
      And so begins the final drama,
      In the streets and in the fields,
      We stand unbowed before their armor,
      We defy their guns and shields!
      When we fight, provoked by their aggression,
      Let us be inspired by life and love,
      For though they offer us concessions,
      Change will not come from above!

      So come brothers and sisters,
      For the struggle carries on,
      The Internationale
      Unites the world in song.
      So comrades, come rally,
      For this is the time and place,
      The international ideal
      Unites the human race!

      • Curtis,

        Thanks for sharing this. I am learning more about politics from Mas’ gun blog than I am from most of the traditional media. It’s great to be among enlightened, properly educated, intelligent folks!

        The lyrics to “The Internationale” sound contemporary, but I knew they weren’t. A quick google search revealed the lyrics were written in 1871 by Eugene Pottier, and the music was written in 1888 by Pierre De Geyter.

      • A big thanks to both Curtis and Roger Willco for the very interesting and informative information. Best wishes.

      • Thanks for the correction, TN_MAN. The song reminds me of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” but I’m sure that’s obvious to everyone.

    • Curtis – The Internationale is the perfect anthem for all of the leftists that plague the World. It is exactly like Joe Biden’s recent DNC nomination acceptance speech. It is full of high-order abstractions and emotional imagery but void of any logical content or reason. It is designed to evoke emotion while suppressing thought. All left-wing ideologies are emotion-driven rather than logic-driven, of course.

      That is the secret of the success of left-wing dogma and propaganda in the World. Only a minority of human beings have the intelligence and critical thinking skills to truly use logic and reason. On the other hand, all human beings can feel and be influenced by emotion. Therefore, Conservatism is handicapped by appealing only to that fraction of humanity that has the brains to think logically. Meanwhile, leftists can pander to the emotions of even the lowest dregs of humanity.

      I am reminded of this quote from Shakespeare: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.”

      Shakespeare perfectly described the life lived by a Marxist/Socialist Leftist.

      • Friend TN_MAN, the hope of the persistent “shadow world of the communist system” is mind attack in various forms, especially brainwashing. My favorite book on this subject is still “Brainwashing, from Pavlov to Powers,” by Edward Hunter, The Bookmailer, Inc., reprints 1958-1965. In great part the story of how some U.S. prisoners of communists in Asia during the Korean War era survived with their mental integrity intact. If people would only realize how badly the leftists want to take the world prisoner, and what it takes to resist the leftists.

      • Great quote from MACBETH, which is said to have been President Lincoln’s favorite work of literature. In addition to its place in great literature, that play would no doubt have contained much (such as the passage you point out) wisdom and relevance pertaining to the world in which Lincoln found himself. And it’s just as relevant today. Please spread the word: auditions for the roles of the three evil hell-bound witches will be held soon. Any nominations?

  2. Notice the same turds that release violent crimmals back into society so they wont catch the sniffles are the same human excrement that wants to disarm the law abiding citizen. Wonder why.

    • The SJWs who want to disarm law-abiding citizens and release violent criminals from prison are also the same activists who want to defund and disband the police.

      What could possibly go wrong?

  3. Hi Mas!! I for one do not believe for one nano-second that the gun grabbers care one iota about stopping criminals or crime. They make no attempt to hide the fact that their one and only goal is to disarm the American public, period and end of story. If by this disarming they cause harm or death to innocent, law abiding citizens, so be it.

    However, they are not naive and they know that completely disarming and dismantling the Second Amendment is virtually an impossibility. So their fall back plan is to render firearms as impotent as possible. If one has an irrational fear of the automobile, the best way to make them harmless is to outlaw gas.

  4. As I recall reversals of a California magazine law by the 9th circuit tends to get reversed by an extended version of the 9th Circuit and you are back to stage 1. Why should this be any different. I’m sure plans are underway to pick just that group who will reverse it again. After all I understand you can request being assigned to the group and I’m sure they can still find enough to help.

    I can only see them referring it to the Supreme Court which I would view as a kiss of death. I am sure John Roberts would vote no killing the law. Even if we win, I’m sure the process would take a couple of yours during which you can’t by standard mags.

  5. Perhaps the most pressing need for limits is for congressional term limits such as those imposed upon the presidency under the 22nd amendment. We’ve seen far too many examples of people kept in office by political machines long beyond their mental capacity to do the job competently.

    • True enugh except that term limits will NOT fix the root problem. Here is the root problem: VOTERS who cannot be bothered to examine the candidates and their lives,positions, values, platforms….. There are SO MANY nutjobs and losers running for office, we could set term limits of ninety days and STILL never run outof them.No, the cure for long term idiots sandbagging in COngress is for THE VOTERS to wake up and STUDY the candidates. In my state’sprimary there were thirty six candidates for governor. All but MAYBE three are complete idiiots/losers/worse, and that includes the incumbent. With no end of idiots and worse tossing their hats into the rings for public offic,e terming themout will only change the sheets on the same louse infested bed. We won’t see any improvement until THE VOTERS wake up, learn what a louse loks and smells like, and how to not invite them in in the first place.

      • @ Tionico – The fault is not 100% the fault of the voters. You have to keep in mind that the Marxists currently control 90% of the Media, 95% of the schools and universities and 99% of Hollywood. Therefore, the instruments of indoctrination and propaganda are FULLY in their hands and under their control.

        Most of the people in the USA and Western Europe, below the age of 40, have been indoctrinated from the cradle with left-wing ideology and are flooded daily with Marxist propaganda. The populations of the United States and Western Europe are being subject to a level of indoctrination and propaganda that is unprecedented in Human History. Not even the Soviets or the Nazis employed these levels.

        Under this influence, it is difficult or impossible for much of the population to think straight. This is especially true since the Marxists are deliberately failing to teach critical thinking skills or true versions of American History and World History.

        This is how the Marxists are undermining democracy around the World. By shaping public opinion to turn against democracy and toward Marxism. The ultimate goal, in the United States, is to tear down and destroy America as a Representative Republic and, instead, turn it into a Marxist-Socialist State. They are well along on that path.

        The most urgent need in America is not term limits. First, it is to reform the libel laws so that the Media is FORCED to report facts honestly rather than just spout Marxist propaganda and left-wing narratives. Second, it is to TOTALLY REFORM the education system so that it functions properly AS an Education System and STOPS being a left-wing Indoctrination System.

        I am reminded of the words of Mr. Miyagi (from the Movie ‘The Karate Kid’): “No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.”

        Our schools are packed to the brim with “Bad Teachers”. I estimate that 95% of them are more accurately described as “Left-Wing Brain-washers” rather than as true “Teachers”. Unless we change that dynamic, America (as a Free State) is ultimately lost.

    • Good point about the need for term limits.

      It’s unfortunate that term limits are not part of the governmental structure, and likely never will be. The founders (at least most of them, it seems) envisioned a government run by citizens, not career politicians: serve your term, return to your primary vocation, whether that be farmer, businessman, lawyer, or whatever, and let someone else have a go at governing.

      President Washington provided a great example, turning down offers to be made chief executive for life, instead, electing to return to Mount Vernon to live out his life as a gentleman farmer. A noble gesture that helped this new nation get off to a very promising start.

      Contrast this with FDR’s willingness to be “king for life,” bringing about the need for the 22nd Amendment. Interesting that its reach stopped at the office of the presidency, as the American people would likely be better served by limits on other office holders–whether elected or appointed– including the judiciary.

      But human nature being what it is, and self-interest being deeply (and necessarily) ingrained in that nature, it didn’t take long for self-interest to win out over public interest. Consequently, the role of “career politician” was born. During the process, no doubt the majority of those with sights set on making politics a career no doubt were able to juxtapose the egoism, mental gymnastics and pretzel logic needed to convince themselves that their remaining in office indefinitely (or until being defeated) was both best for themselves, for the country, and most importantly, for their bank accounts. No doubt, these mind games continue today, although some rare, recent examples of those voluntarily handing back the reigns to others (former SC Congressman Trey Gowdy comes quickly to mind) are noteworthy.

      In the 1990’s, we missed an excellent opportunity to end this job description with the introduction of the “Contract with America,” a strategy put forth by Newt Gingrich and team to help win the mid-90’s elections and containing term limits as one of the key planks and promises in that platform.

      Unfortunately, following the Republican’s success–due in large part to the “Contract”–the term limit portion of that promise was “conveniently” forgotten–even as the Republicans subsequently took control of the oval office and both houses of congress–affording an excellent opportunity to put term limits into existence, which would have made good on that contract with the American people and changing national politics as we know it for the better.

      Self-interest, greed, and ego obviously cut across party lines, resulting in many shameless career politicians perfectly willing to spend the majority of their lives sucking at the teats of an ever growing centralized government, courtesy of the hardworking American taxpayer. (One of those scoundrels, with 47 years at the teat, is currently running for president.) These comprise an “elite” and distorted version, the top-tier of the welfare class.

      I suppose it should not be surprising to learn that most individuals simply will not vote to change a system which supports their self-interests, even if doing so would be in the best interests of the citizenry they are elected to serve. Of course, not everyone is a George Washington.

  6. Thanks again Mas for clear, concise, and non-emotional logic, that even retarded, leftist, mush-for-brains can understand and appreciate. Reasonable responses to the argument are what move the ball to our end of the field.

    As I sit here with my M&P .40 and 15+1 lovable rounds. May God grant that this is always 5 more than I’ll ever need.

  7. As a long time advocate of the Browning 1911 design and .45 ACP cartridge like my idol, the exalted Jeff Cooper, I may be rethinking my decision in light of recent events. More bad guys/gals are now wearing soft body armor and doing their many evil deeds in packs, so I’m considering switching to a higher capacity 9mm pistol and making only head shots. I have a Glock 17 and with 17 rounds in a standard magazine and two spares equipped with extended floorplates each holding 20 cartridges, there are 57 rounds of 9mm on tap. This is significantly more than the 30 rounds of .45 ACP I’m currently carrying in my 1911 with three spare magazines. However, I will have to practice more to make only head shots, as the 9mm lacks the power to take out an evildoer with center mass hits. I would also have two Glock 33 round magazines in my carry bag to replace the eight 7 round 1911 mags in it now, giving me a total of 66 rounds of 9mm vs 49 rounds of .45 ACP ammo. One advantage of the 9X19 is that it has less recoil than the larger, more effective calibers, so making head shots should be easier.

    • Friend Tom606, I carried a 1911A1 for almost 40 years (just turned 72 last week) and eventually shared your some of your concerns and sometimes think that maybe switching to 9mm and practicing more headshots might be a good idea. But then I look at Gabbie Giffords, the former Congresswoman who spoke at the DNC convention last week. Giffords who shot in the head with a 9mm and yet, there she is. However, I did eventually switch guns for higher “standard capacity”. My EDC for the last several years has been a Glock 30S (10+1) with two 13 round mags on my belt. Whether it’s IWB or OWB I often forget G30S is there at 0300 on my hip. Sure it doesn’t have Glock 19’s 15+1 capacity but I would rather fight, live or die, with using 45 ACP. Semper Fi

      • Devil dog-happy birthday. The anti-American Giffords lady only lived because the 9mm went in the back of her skull missing the brainstem, and still had poeer to exit out the hardest part of the body, the forehead. It was shot placement that saved her life, not caliber size. Tzone or side of the head and that is game over. Chest first, unless an easy headshot is presented like in the Texas church shooting, and then go to the pelvic girdle and destroy mobility.

      • Ken, I have carried a 1911 in .45 ACP for more than 40 years now which is about 2/3 of my lifetime. Even with head shots, I still plan on using the best 9mm loads in my Browning P-35 or Glock 17 as ball ammo will not be effective as the round nosed bullet could be deflected by the skull. Giffords was hard headed as all Democrats are required to be and she like most of them, have a contract signed in blood with Satan who protects them from harm such as Ted Kennedy and Ruth Ginsberg who have escaped death many times.

        I may compromise and carry a pistol in .40 S&W with 180 grain bullets so have more ammo than a .45 ACP, and greater power than a 9X19 in case I can’t make a head shot. I would use Speer Gold Dot ammunition in both 9mm and .40 S&W and fortunately have a good supply in both calibers. The P-35 is especially good for making head shots due to it’s superior trigger pull. Mine breaks at a clean 5 pounds, but it only holds 13+1 rounds compared to my higher capacity Glock 9mm pistols and Beretta 92 which is too bulky to carry comfortably.

      • Hello Ken Andrews and Tom 606,

        I’m right behind you in age, Ken, and can relate to your “dilemma.” My favorite round is the .357 coupled with a nice Colt. Kicking and struggling, I finally had to give a bow to the mathematics that accompanies age and acquired a “plastic pistol” in 9mm–an M&P 2.0 Compact–and I shoot it much better than any other firearm. While not a .357, the extra on-board rounds, coupled with some pretty impressive 9mm loads available today, have me convinced that this is a workable alternative. Please don’t tell anyone I shared this with you, but I have actually grown somewhat fond of my new plastic tool–it’s smooth, a joy to shoot, easier on the eyes, and often makes me look better than I actually am. I hope you too have discovered some of the upsides of “compromising” with 9mm. In my humblest opinion, I believe the example you provide was an exception, an anomaly–and very good fortune for Ms. Giffords on that particular day. While not the “12 gauge” of handguns, I have come to respect the punch of the 9 and feel adequately armed with one.

      • Ken, if you like the .357 Magnum but want a pistol, the obvious choice would be one chambered for the .357 SIG cartridge. Glock and SIG makes various models in this potent caliber which matches the ballistics of a 4″ barreled revolver and has twice the ammo capacity with a fast reload if a spare magazine is carried. The .357 SIG is not very suitable for reloaders due to it’s bottlenecked case which has to be reloaded like a rilfle’s, but should never have feeding problems and ammunition may be more available currently since it’s not as popular as others like 9X19, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP. I heard .380 ACP ammo is especially scarce right now.

    • There is no significant difference between a .45acp or .9mm with chest shots. The point of the chest shot, is it is the largest area to hit, and aiming at an 8 inch target that is bobbing and weaving could be dangerous to innocent bystanders. A wounded armed threat is much easier to hit in the cns, after they are slowed down with chest shots, like the baldwin racing guy’s shooting in Vegas. The key is to have the ability to make alot of holes and to destroy skeletal structure, hence the pelvic girdle shot, before being shot by the threat. A fast draw, and being first to fire will help more than bullet size. The only warning should be muzzle flash, anything else like a verbal command is a hesitation, the threat can capitalize on. In Vegas, the threat wasnt firing accurately after being hit, and the Citizen went up top when the shot was easier. Plus, it is perfectly legal and moral to shoot a threat on the ground, that is still being a threat.

      There is no point in limiting your round count when in a gun fight the most important part is being able to shoot back and shoot back more than the threat. If the threat is ducking they are not firing accurately at you. I could dump half of my glock19 or 5.7x28mm at a threat with a .45acp or revolver, and still have more bullets to cover my advance on the threat. With the 5.7, my rounds are meant to go through an armored threat or a car door and the threat, so I have to carry a 9mm for a soft threat because of over penetration of my 5.7.
      The black supremacist army veteran, who the Dallas cops used explosives on showed one of the poor cops hiding behind a pillar, that he had only 1 chance against a trained threat, with more bullets to spare. I was watching hoping the cop was going to use a mag dump to force the threat to cover, but he did not. The threat put some rounds at the cop to keep him pinned downed, and advanced killing the officer. Basic fire superiority tactic.

      Your reaction to the adrenaline rush of fight or flight is all that matters. I’m the weapon, not my gun. The 70 year old down in Texas landed an easy 15 yard shot on the threat’s cns, that was not firing on him. Side of the head wont deflect a bullet and make it ride the scalp like other areas of the skull do. Hence, why the Tzone of the eyes and ear canals are the areas on the skull that are easy to penetrate.

  8. I have to respectfully disagree with those who insist on calling 10+ round magazines for handguns or rifles ‘standard capacity’.

    Why? Because you are giving away the war. You are strongly implying that it would be perfectly fine and constitutionally authorized to ban high capacity magazines.

    Just like insisting that ARs should be called Modern Sporting Rifles: once again you are implying that the constitution protects sporting weapons but that banning militia grade weapons is just fine.

    It isn’t just fine: the Constitution explains that the purpose of an armed citizenry is to provide a militia to ensure freedom. That means that militia grade weapons, today including Class 3 weapons, are the most protected of all, not the least. The 2nd Amendment is not about sporting rifles, sporting handguns, nor their accessories. It protects weapons of war, weapons designed for shooting people who desperately need shooting.

    I’d argue that any weapons which either are militia grade, can substitute for those, or serve as trainers for those are protected precisely because they can be used to defend ourselves and our country, NOT because they are useful for sport except insofar as sport serves to train people for the duties of the organized and unorganized militia.

    Please stop defending them as sporting weapons: even tho we can fervently hope that we never need use them for anything else, sport is NOT their justification, nor does adequacy for militia purposes damn them.

    • my “little faithful friend” is NOT a “sporting weapon”. It was also designed by John Moses, as amilitary side arm, and was also designed for higher capacity than his earlier 1911 model. NO it does not pck the power of the 1911, but it DOES provide excellent service for those NEEDING higher capacity in teir sidearm. The standard magazine cpacity was and remains thirettenrunds. There have been fifteen round versions made, and even the ARgentine military specified a seventeen round version. Those were all, in those uses, “standard capacoty”.
      So there we have it. a military grade weapon soecificaly covered by the Second Article of Ammendment.

  9. “It continues to amaze me that people whose critical thinking skills are otherwise intact can’t “get it” on this issue.”

    Mas, I don’t think magazine bans are about affecting crime at all. Most (if not all) of the high cap bans are in blue states or cities where the Democrat party politicians wants you to be unable to resist their tyranny. They would prefer you to be unarmed via gun bans/confiscation. If that cannot be done due to that “pesky” Second Amendment, then they will opt for reducing your firepower via a high cap mag ban. Their goal is to make your defense against state tyranny impossible so they load on restriction after restriction like “fixed mags” in AR’s. I would not be surprised someday to see a ban on semi-automatic pistols, but allow the citizenry to have revolvers. It’s one bite at a time.

    • Gradually raising the water temperature in the pot. By the time the frog realizes it needs to jump out, it will be too late.

    • these stupid and useless restrictioins DO serve anohter purpose, one I am convinced they have carefully thourght through.

      The more “gun crimes” they can get on the books the more individuals wil be caught “red handed” and charged… thus becoing “orohibited persons” even though they have not nor will not ever harm anyone without just cause. It is one way of redicing the number of possible armed patriots, one small queeze at a time. Find and charge only a few nundred a year, over a decade that’s thousands who can no loger lawfully use firearms. Torture by the driping faucet Death by a thousand cuts.

  10. More preaching to the choir. Attempting to use reason, logic and common sense when dealing with emotion based, knee jerk, reactionary liberals is a fools errand.

    I don’t know what else to do. I vote straight Republican and every time the loony lefty libs get loonier or leftier, or more liberal I up my NRA status. I started out as a yearly member but was carrying around the NRA mailing urging me to upgrade to Life Member status when I heard on the radio that then U.S. Representative UpChuck Schumer was trying to link the Oklahoma City bombing of the Federal building to so called “assault weapons.” As I recall I was travailing somewhere in Kentucky and I immediately exited the interstate highway, found a mail box and sent in my Life Member application. I’m now up to Patron status.

    The good news is that I live in a solid RED state with a SOLID conservative Governor who is the envy of conservative states and citizens everywhere. The bad news is that we have the bare minimum of Electoral College votes. The further good news is that the pathetic attempt by the ANTIFA idiots to disrupt the Sturgis motorcycle rally resulted in the ANTIFA idiots lives being saved by the police from the assembled bikers who badly wanted to administer some old fashioned street justice. The more good news is that the tattooed bad ass bikers respected the cops and let the ANTIFA kids escape with their lives. Not exactly the results we’re seeing in Portland and other places where the libtards rule.

    And so it goes.

  11. The typical condition applies, common sense being the rarest commodity on the planet and completely non-existent in liberal states, they can’t use what they don’t have!

  12. I know you are trying to be kind when you write “It continues to amaze me that people whose critical thinking skills are otherwise intact can’t “get it” on this issue,” but truth is, no one that does not get it and stands for limited capacity magazines or gun control, or gun free zones, truly can’t be refered to as having intact critical thinking skills; their thinking skills, critical, logical, common sense, whatever, are severely impaired and far from “intact.” Anyone who cannot grasp the depth and meaning of “shall not be infringed” and all those simple words mean and stand for, is half brain dead already!

  13. Wow, what an article and story! Needless to say lots of food for thought. Brings to mind the difference between practicing at the range and qualifying at the range. In practice most of your rounds will go where you want them to but when you are up against the clock it changes things drastically. Thank You for this one Mas, needless to say it changes my mind about thinking about going back to a 5 round revolver instead of my Glock 40 Model 23 with a 13 round magazine.

  14. Sadly, I will not rejoice until the 9th,en blanc agrees And SCOTUS has done it’s usual pass on gun related cases.

    And then, I will still worry they will write a new law and start over again.

    Or just ignore the courts.

  15. Now that the protesters realize that the police are not the target and are protesting in front of the Elite’s homes, it’s obvious now that the Elite have control and the Elite that now want Guns Banned. It’s the Oligarchs that realize that the Second Amendment limits their ultimate control. Totalitarianism is not just a Left or Right concept. The Elite are organized and own both parties. Look up the “Khazarian Mafia” and Dr.John Coleman and the “Committee of 300”. The Elites are scared now. They buy and build bunkers, and have their jets ready to escape to where their food and gold are stored.They will know when the Crash occurs and are prepared. They have been unloading their stock for months now.

  16. Wisconsin, Police involved shooting, reaction of the Governor:
    “What we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” he said. (Governor) Evers promised that there will be accountability.
    In Minnesota, George Floyd PROBABLY died of heart failure, his death was murder committed by a police officer according to news media, commentators and politicians who lean left.
    Hemorrhoids like Gov. Evers who are determined to destroy law enforcement are just one of many reasons for owning adequate self defense weapons.

  17. Lived in Massachusetts when I first became a gun owner. The state with the famous 10-round limit. There was so much folklore with the 11th round. So much mystery. What happens after the 10th round? It has as much unknown and uncertainty than a black hole’s event horizon.

  18. Hunters don’t need NORMAL capacity magazines, but soldiers, police and civilians do. If I remember correctly, several years ago on this blog a commenter pointed out the following. Soldiers should fight in teams, and cover each other while reloading. Police should do the same, but they may be ambushed while alone. A civilian will almost always be on his own and out-numbered by his attackers. The civilian is the most likely of the three to be ambushed and surprised by the attacker(s). Therefore, while anyone should be allowed to have whatever magazine capacity they want, civilians have a slightly greater need for NORMAL capacity magazines than police or military.

    • Roger, don’t forget that all police are civilians too. I know most cops don’t want to admit it, but it’s true. Anyone not in the active military or National Guard is a civilian, even the POTUS who is commander-in-chief of all armed forces. The police like to call themselves “paramilitary” but they’re still just plain old civilians, like the rest of us lowly peasants.

    • @TN_MAN

      Journalist Andy Ngô, (who was beaten mercilessly by Antifa during a previous riot), provides details on the criminal records of the three (so called) protestors shot in Kenosha, two killed, one wounded.

      https://t.co/up1VgDyrgZ” / Twitter

      There’s a harsh lesson to be learned here. Wilding arsonists, looters and rioters who enjoy playing with fire as they torch local businesses all around them are eventually going to get burned somehow. The type of burn that they will suffer will vary in terms of severity, but their anti-social actions that include acts of violence are going to neither enhance nor prolong their lives.

      Note: I am deliberately not commenting on the justified / unjustified nature of the shooting incidents in Kenosha WI that left two persons dead and one person wounded. Over time, all of the facts surrounding these shooting incidents will be determined by LE investigators. Once the cases end up in the WI courts and juries have voted either guilty or not guilty, that will be the appropriate time to weigh in with opinions about all aspects of the cases.

      @TN_MAN Because language matters, could you elaborate on the rationale behind Democrats’ and their mainstream media cheerleaders’ conscious decision to continue to refer to arsonists, looters and rioters engaging in criminal acts of violence as protestors?

      • The liberal media calls them “Protesters” because they do things ‘peacefully’. Protesters loot peacefully, batter victims peacefully, set fire to properties peacefully, destroy businesses peacefully, and assault the police peacefully. I hope you understand now that protesters commit crimes in the name of peace and justice. A perfect example are radical Moslems who are a peaceful people. If you disagree, they will cut off your head or blow you up.

      • @ Curtis – “could you elaborate on the rationale behind Democrats’ and their mainstream media cheerleaders’ conscious decision to continue to refer to arsonists, looters and rioters engaging in criminal acts of violence as protesters?”

        The decision is purely political. The Democrats and, especially, the Anti-American Media worshiped at the feet of President Obama. He was the “Chosen One”. He was their Messiah. He was the inspired leader that was going to kick off the transformation of American into a Marxist-Socialist State and bring about the Left-Wing Utopia in America. If they could have, they would have anointed Obama as “President for Life”.

        The mere fact that the 22nd Amendment dictated the end of his Presidency was a blow to them. However, they were comforted because, in their minds, the Republicans had nominated a buffoon, in Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton was assured of taking over from Messiah Obama and continuing the historic transformation which he had began.

        Then, the unspeakable happened. Hillary lost and Trump won the 2016 Election. When this happened, the Democrats and Media lost their minds along with losing the election. Trump could potentially destroy all of the transition that Obama began and set the Marxist-Socialist Movement back a generation. To their minds, this is intolerable. TRUMP MUST GO!

        So they began a long campaign to remove Trump from office or, at least, cripple his administration so as to limit the damage he could do to the Marxist-Socialist Movement in America. In their minds, anything done to “Get the Bad Orange Man” is justified. The Ends Justify the Means.

        Their efforts to “get Trump” have largely failed. With each failure, their frustration grows. They feel that they cannot risk Trump winning a second term in 2020.

        So, they have exploited Covid-19 to the maximum in order to hurt the US Economy and, thereby, hurt President Trump going into the election. They also eagerly seized the chance, offered by the tragic death of George Floyd, to whip up racial hatred (a tool effectively used by Obama) and strife. Many are hoping that the riots, looting and burning will be blamed upon President Trump and that it will demonstrate, to the voters, that he cannot govern given the resistance forces arrayed against him.

        Truth means nothing to a Marxist-Socialist Leftist. They will do and say anything to obtain power. Therefore, if they have to characterize the criminal acts, occurring in the Blue Cities, as just “peaceful protests”, then the Leftists are happy to do so.

        You need to understand that left-wing ideologies are emotion-driven. They have nothing to do with logic, reason or objective truth. The only “Truth” to a Leftist is to obtain and hold Political Power. Political power is their truth, their religion, their center, their everything. Joe Biden said it himself (and I quote):

        “Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. Even his supporters know who he is. We got to let him know who we are. We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”

        The unity of Marxism. The Science of Communism. Their “narrative” over objective reality. That is what Old Joe meant.

  19. At least one basic trauma kit is something I always have with me these days. In a belt pouch, 2 proper tourniquets, a triangular bandage, a pressure bandage, coagulant. gauze pads, forceps, airway, needle & sutures, and in the car a surgical kit with a needle driver. The fellow with the shredded upper arm is lucky to have at least one tourniquet above the wound. You only lose a certain amount of blood before you reach the point of no return. Not to mention an arm. The king-baby rioters may just now be reaching a social breaking point with their unfortunate temper tantrums. The totally questionable, video-based, Hunger-Games, street-justice scene has hit a wall in Kenosha.

  20. I hope you, your family, and friends stay safe by taking the proper precuations as we enter in to confusing and troubling times as we watch a worldwide pandemic unfold with this Coronavirus.

    Could there be something more deeper going on with all of this? Could we be seeing the signs of the times unfolding? Could this be a door of opportunity for people to open their hearts to what God has to say?

    Jesus says to His disciples concerning the last days, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:7-8).

    We have been seeing a record setting amount of Earthquakes world-wide in various places, incuding places that normally do not receive Earthquakes. Now with this Coronavirus, could this be one of the pestilences that will fall upon us in the last days as spoken by Jesus? Where will it leave our economy? Did you know the Bible teaches there will be a cashless society in the last days? Will this be a major stepping stone in bringing that about?

    You may have seen on NBC news just months ago concerning the implantable RFID microchip that is gaining ground in Sweden where people are getting this microchip implanted in their hand.

    Would you allow a microchip to be placed inside your body that has the ability to track where you go and what you do? How about if you knew it matched perfectly with Bible prophecy where God warns us not to take it during the future reign of the Antichrist, otherwise we will receive the fullness of His wrath (Revelation 14:9-11)?

    This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this! This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18).

    Revelation 13:16-18 is speaking of the end times, and this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Because we could still buy or sell without receiving the mark among one another if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    This mark could not be spiritual, because the word references two different physical locations stating one “OR” the other.

    This is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning this RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID microchip in the 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first(Angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    The Bible tells us we cannot buy or sell without the mark of the beast, or the number of its name. This number is identified as 666. The Bible tells us to calculate the number 666. How do we calculate 666?

    This is where it gets really interesting. Calculating the number 666 has been long debated throughout the centuries, but has now been revealed in these last days by God. What I will show you confirms itself with the Bible the true meaning to calculate 666.

    Throughout the Bible, God uses the number 3 as confirmation of things. Here are a few examples:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    Now what is interesting is the the mark of the beast is described in detail in three separate verses (Revelation 13:16,17,18), and each verse lists three different examples of the given topic. The last three being the number 6 being used three times in a row. This is a key point to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally in threes based off the number. We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start. We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60, because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666. The only logical option is 6+6+6=18. What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18, being the third verse out of three verses that describe the mark of the beast. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between the 6’s are 66+6=72, and 6+66=72. Add both 72’s together and you get 144. Why the number 144 is interesting is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers by counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around in all three possible combinations, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is interesting about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was orignally written in Greek. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply this same formula, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits:

    “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:2-4).

    Now if you take 8+8+8=24, and 8+88=96, and 88+8=96, you get 24+96+96=216. Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666. Remember that this was the same exact formula to get the number 162 out of counting 666 that brought about the number 888 when dividing 144,000 by 162. It is perpetual.

    With using the same formula of counting by adding the “+” symbol in between the numbers, why do all these numbers relate in such a way?

    The book of Revelation contains the use of the number 7 in various forms. For instance 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls. What is interesting about the number 37 (three sevens) is if if you divide any number that contains the same single digit three times in a row, such as 111 to 999, it comes out to the value of if you were to add all three numbers up. For example 888 divided by 37 equals 24. So 8+8+8=24. Or 666 divided by 37 equals 18. So 6+6+6=18. Could this be another way of God’s word confirming itself that the mystery behind calculating the number 666 indeed is 18?

    Another interesting point to note is that if you add up all the numbers from 1 to 36, it totals 666. The number 36, as in three sixes? Could this be a hint that we should add up three sixes instead of perceiving the number as six-hundred sixty six?

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license, being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters.

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    Could this be the name of the beast, the number of its name? The one-world beast system that is identified by 18 characters? This would fit scripture that speaks of a mark that we must have to buy or sell in our right hand or forehead, and that it also contains the number of the beast, during a future cashless money society.

    Go to: http://voice-truth.com to see all the proof!

    The Bible warns us in the end times that a false prophet will rise up doing miracles to deceive many to receive this mark:

    “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” (Revelation 19:20).

    No matter the cost, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    We are living in very prophetic times with major Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. When Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel in December of 2017, this was a big step to bring about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    The Bible tells us that the Antichrist will seat himself in this temple:

    “…and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

    In the Islamic religion, they have man called the Mahdi, known as their messiah who they are waiting to appear. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist. I myself have had strange dreams about him. He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith, but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    Jesus says, “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In Hebrew, the word Barack means “lightning”, and the use of Bama (Strongs Hebrew word 1116) is used to refer to the “heights” of heaven.

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Regardless, whoever seats himself in that Third Temple in Jerusalem declaring himself to be God IS THE ANTICHRIST. DO NOT BE DECEIVED.

    Why do we need Jesus?

    “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but so that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays your fine, even though you are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let you go free. This is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood, with His last words being, “…It is finished!…” (John 19:30).

    Now why did Jesus have to die for us?

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched and satisfied.

    For God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son who’s soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer see’s the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and trust in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness:

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    By doing so we may become transformed into the image of God through faith in His Son Christ Jesus Who is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask of Him:

    “Most assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:5-7).

    “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9).

    What are you waiting for? Our Father in heaven only wants the best for us, restoring everything this world has stolen from us. This is what it means to be “holy”. To be made whole.

    He is waiting to hear from you. That God given tongue to speak language, through faith, pray to Him, ask Him to forgive you by confessing your sins and be willing to forsake them; that you accept the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross, and that you want His Holy Spirit living inside you transforming you into a child of God.

    Jesus says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him (the Holy Spirit) will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

    Did you know that Jesus spoke more about hell than anyone else, even more than He spoke about heaven?! For this very reason He came to die for us, to rescue us from this place that we deserve.

    He describes hell as a real place where,

    “Their worm does not die
    And the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44).

    And where,

    “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” (Luke 13:28).

    Jesus tells us who to fear,

    “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).

    Out of all the world religions, how can we be sure the Bible got it right? The scientific data has established and continues to support that the universe once had a beginning in which space, time and matter were created. Many know this as the big bang.

    “The non-biblical religions tell us that god or god’s create within space and time that eternally exist. The Bible stands alone and says that time and space don’t exist until God creates the universe.” – Astronomer (Phd) Hugh Ross

    The Bible not only got it right that space, time and matter all came into existence at the beginning of the universe, it also states in 7 different places that the universe is expanding thousands of years before scientists discovered these things.

    Did you know that the real Noah’s Ark was discovered in the location where the Bible told us it would be, as well as having the correct dimensions? As well as proof for the destruction of Sodom Gomorrah and the Exodus account of the Red Sea crossing?

    The Bible is the most translated and read book in the history of the world, full of predictive prophecies, matching what we find in the book of nature. Wouldn’t you expect God’s word to be so?

    This information and more can all be found here: http://voice-truth.com

    God loves you!

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