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Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom, part 5

June 14, 2024 Tim Barton, David Barton & Rick Green
Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom, part 5
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Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom, part 5
Jun 14, 2024
Tim Barton, David Barton & Rick Green

Ever wondered what it truly means to protect your liberty? Join us for an in-depth exploration at Patriot Academy, where intellectual and physical training converge to arm you with the knowledge and skills to defend your constitutional rights. We dive deep into the LIFT principles—limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and timeless truths—providing a robust framework for evaluating policy and restoring our constitutional republic. Through riveting personal stories, we make a powerful case for the younger generation to abandon apathy and embrace their role in safeguarding freedom.

Inspired by Ronald Reagan's timeless assertion that freedom must be actively protected and passed on, Austin Griesinger shares his journey from ignorance to vigilance, becoming a "sheepdog" for liberty. Rick Green calls us all to action, urging us to stand as modern-day Paul Reveres, spreading the truth and inspiring others to follow suit. We traverse through history, examining events like Paul Revere's ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord, to draw meaningful connections with our present-day struggles for liberty. And yes, we also have some fun reminiscing about family involvement in historical reenactments, emphasizing the joy and importance of passing the torch to the next generation.

To cap off our series, we delve into the essential right of self-defense, rooted deeply in the laws of nature and nature's God, as emphasized by historical figures like Zephaniah Swift and John Adams. Our comparative analysis of the American and French Revolutions underscores the necessity of grounding liberty in moral and natural laws to maintain true freedom. We conclude with an invitation to revisit our archives if you missed any part of this enlightening series and encourage you to join us at the Patriot Academy campus for an enriching experience in constitutional defense and leadership training. Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the intellectual ammunition you need to defend your rights!

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Ever wondered what it truly means to protect your liberty? Join us for an in-depth exploration at Patriot Academy, where intellectual and physical training converge to arm you with the knowledge and skills to defend your constitutional rights. We dive deep into the LIFT principles—limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and timeless truths—providing a robust framework for evaluating policy and restoring our constitutional republic. Through riveting personal stories, we make a powerful case for the younger generation to abandon apathy and embrace their role in safeguarding freedom.

Inspired by Ronald Reagan's timeless assertion that freedom must be actively protected and passed on, Austin Griesinger shares his journey from ignorance to vigilance, becoming a "sheepdog" for liberty. Rick Green calls us all to action, urging us to stand as modern-day Paul Reveres, spreading the truth and inspiring others to follow suit. We traverse through history, examining events like Paul Revere's ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord, to draw meaningful connections with our present-day struggles for liberty. And yes, we also have some fun reminiscing about family involvement in historical reenactments, emphasizing the joy and importance of passing the torch to the next generation.

To cap off our series, we delve into the essential right of self-defense, rooted deeply in the laws of nature and nature's God, as emphasized by historical figures like Zephaniah Swift and John Adams. Our comparative analysis of the American and French Revolutions underscores the necessity of grounding liberty in moral and natural laws to maintain true freedom. We conclude with an invitation to revisit our archives if you missed any part of this enlightening series and encourage you to join us at the Patriot Academy campus for an enriching experience in constitutional defense and leadership training. Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the intellectual ammunition you need to defend your rights!

Support the Show.

Rick Green

Welcome to the Intersection of Faith and the Culture. Thanks for joining us today. On Wall Builders, we're doing constitutional defense this week constitutional defense of your family and freedom. That means you're understanding intellectually the right of self-defense. You're understanding this very important concept found in the Second Amendment to our United States Constitution, but it's also found in the laws of nature and nature's God. This was not the founding fathers giving you the right of self-defense. This was something they said God gave you, and government's job is to protect that right so that you can then protect yourself and protect your family. In fact the founders talked about if you're robbed in your own home, it's your own fault or negligence. You'll hear that in this presentation, but we want to make sure that you get the intellectual training and the physical training. So join us at the Patriot Academy campus for a constitutional defense course and then actually coming up here in just a couple of weeks.

We've got a constitutional defense course at the Patriot Academy campus where all three of us will be. So myself, rick Green, along with David Barton and Tim Barton we're going to be doing a special constitutional defense course, which is handgun training during the day and constitution training at night, and fireworks on July 4th. It's going to be very, very cool and it'll start on July 4th, so check that out today at patriotacademy.com, click on the constitutional defense button and look at that date. That starts July 4th. We've still got some slots left. It is going to fill up fast and we're only a month out, so we've got to start making plans now. But it's an amazing weekend. You will love it. Best instructors on the planet, best ranges maybe in the country and at the new phenomenal Patriot Academy campus in Fredericksburg, Texas Would love to have you there with us. Check it out at patriotacademy.com Click on constitutional defense to get signed up. Let's jump right back in where we left off yesterday with constitutional defense of your family and freedom.

Well, at Patriot Academy we have four rules, or more like principles that we consider. Any time we take policy, worldview, any law that we're looking at, they get run through this list of principles. We call them the LIFT principles. That stands for limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise and timeless truths. Anytime we consider policy, we run them through that so that we make sure that we're considering those things out of a place of facts and data and not just emotion. My fellow students and I really believe that if we begin to reapply those principles, those four principles, we can absolutely see a restoring of our constitutional republic form of government.

I know what you might be thinking at this point. Why in the world would a 16 year old, a 20 year old or, in my case, a 22 year old take a week out of their summer to go to a state capitol building and play, or, in my case, a 22-year-old take a week out of their summer to go to a state capital building and play politics, in my case, for six consecutive years? What would compel a young person like me to invest so much time and energy into something like this? Is it just because I'm some kind of political nerd? Yes, yes, I am a political nerd. That is true, but that's not the point I'm trying to make.

The point I'm trying to make is actually far more serious than that. You see, when I look around at my generation and my peers, the majority of them all I see is apathy. Already there's nothing I personally can do. The culture is just so far out that there's nothing I can do. Why should I even get involved? But at Patriot Academy I get to be surrounded by leaders and I've had the opportunity to help other young people like me abandon apathy and embrace purpose Guys. That's the mission of Patriot Academy and I have a quick video to show you guys. That'll kind of outline that a little bit better.

You know, I'm old enough to remember Nikita Khrushchev. When he came to the UN one day he pulled his shoe off and pounded his shoe on a table in front of him and he said this we'll take you as a nation without firing a shot, because we'll do it from within.

The challenges facing this current generation of Americans really are unique. I mean, throughout our history we have faced attacks from within, we faced attacks from without, but never before at the exact same time.

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

With everything that's been happening in today's world, we as Americans feel like our freedom is going away from us, Like there is no hope for the future. But there is.

America is not only known for freedom. She's known for enduring freedom. Every time that we faced a major crisis, a major struggle, we have become stronger as a result of that struggle.

Freedom is not free and freedom will not protect you. You and I must protect and preserve freedom and pass it on to the next generation. The choice is ours.

What will history say of the hour in which we were called to lead, in which you were called to lead? Will they say of our generation that on our watch the torch of freedom was only dimly lit, or, god forbid, that it was extinguished? Will they say that we fumbled in passing the torch to the next generation?

Our generation are the ones that are going to change the world, that are going to fight for freedom, that are going to work together to give something to those coming after us.

Or will they say that on your watch there was a rekindling of that sacred fire of liberty? Because your generation stood up and you reached out and you grabbed that torch of freedom and together we held it even higher, we made it burn even brighter than ever before.

That's the battle cry today. There's a call to arms, a call to action, a call for this younger generation to do something great with their life.

We are a part of something bigger than ourselves, and that's what Patriot Academy showed me and that fire burns bright and allows you to communicate to others and light a fire in them as well.

I've seen in the last several years, from the south of Texas to the north of Illinois, from New York City to California, a younger generation that has passion.

We can uphold our freedom, that we can continue to be that beacon, that torch for the rest of the world. The light of freedom is true and hot and bright, and no forces can stop its spread.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

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Now, if that video does not get your blood pumping, I honestly don't know what will. Maybe you guys need to get back out there and throw some more lead downrange. Would that help? Would that help, Because you guys are going to do plenty of that tomorrow. Now, the young people you saw in that video they're actually out making movies, they're working in legislative bodies. They're working in legislative bodies, they're building businesses and some of them are even serving in elected office. That's right, I did say serving in elected office. Now, actually, interestingly enough, we have a few Patriot Academy students here. So when I talk about them and tell you that they're at the capitals debating bills and stuff, we actually have some of the product here who are getting trained on the Second Amendment, right alongside you guys. I know we got Mike Noriega in the back from Arizona, PA Would you wave your hand real quick? Mike Noah West over here from Texas Patriot Academy and Chase Knott from Idaho Patriot Academy. That's three of our academies right there. So they're out here learning this stuff, just like you guys.

Now, most people, most Patriots, when they see a video like that, their first thought is wow, there is hope for the future. Their second thought is what can I do to help? Well, there's two very simple things that you guys can do to help, and the first one is arguably the most important Tell someone you know about Patriot Academy. I know while I've been up here talking, someone has come to mind who you know that would be perfect for a program like Patriot Academy. Give them some information, Send them to patriotacademy.com whether it's a child, or a grandson or granddaughter, a neighbor, someone from your church, anyone you know between the ages of 16 and 25, send them to patriotacademy.com and get them to either Austin, Texas or Boise or wherever is closest for them. The second thing you guys can do is be willing to give a little bit of your fortune to Patriot Academy, Either by helping to pay for the tuition of that student you know is going to be coming to the academy or by giving directly to Patriot Academy at patriotacademy.com. If you guys have any questions, Reagan, who was up here speaking earlier, myself, Mr Green, any one of us would be happy to answer your questions about how you can get involved with Patriot Academy. You see, when the signers of the Declaration put their name underneath that final incredible line where Thomas Jefferson wrote For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence. We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. What we're asking you guys to do tonight is to be willing to come alongside Patriot Academy and give just a little bit of your fortune to help the academy keep having its impact on my generation. I got one more thing and then I'm going to close.

Ronald Reagan once said he said freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same. See, when you guys go home after your two or four day class here at Front Sight. Hopefully you'll be going home in condition yellow, no longer in condition white, and you will have an increased sense of awareness and you will be a sheepdog. I know for me personally. My father's a police officer in Grand Prairie, Texas, and so ever since I was at a young, very young age, I've been being raised to be that sheepdog. What we're asking you guys to partner with Patriot Academy to do is to help continue training the sheepdogs of liberty in my generation. Thank you guys so much and, if you'll, please welcome back Mr Rick Green.

Good job, austin. The last part is life's fortunes and sacred honor. This is where we have got to be willing to stand up and speak truth in a culture right now that in some ways doesn't want to hear that, and oftentimes you might even be shouted down for speaking truth, but, like the founders, we've got to be willing to stand up and say this is truth, it doesn't change, and our nation desperately needs to know these things. So you've got to be willing to stand up and say this is truth, it doesn't change, and our nation desperately needs to know these things. So you've got to dig deep, you've got to get this information, and then you've got to go out there and share it with your friends and family. You've got to be, like I said earlier, a Paul Revere of today. Our nation is at the precipice. I firmly believe that. I think we have an opportunity right now to turn it, though I think God's given us a window right now, sort of a chance to pivot, if you will, and turn this thing back around.

A lot of great things have been happening in the last few really about 15 months. Anyway, a lot of great things are happening that I never thought would happen so quickly. So there's some really good stuff happening. Let's take advantage of the movement right now. All right, a lot of your friends and neighbors want to study these things. You be a part of making that happen. Lives, fortune, sacred honor. They did it for us. They passed that torch of freedom to us. Now it's our turn. Let's make sure we defend and protect it and let's make sure that that torch of freedom on our watch burns even brighter than ever before.

God bless you guys. Thanks for coming tonight. Have a great time out at Frontside tomorrow. Rick Green, coming to you live from the Lone Star State of Texas. I'm really excited today because our family just got back from one of the coolest celebrations in the country Paul Revere's ride, the Battles of Lexington and Concord on the anniversary of the shot heard around the world. And that begs the question who fired that first shot? There's a lot of mystery around the question of who shot first.

I have a feeling that Dad has some evidence. Somebody's a lot of mystery around the question of who shot first. I have a feeling that dad has some evidence. Somebody's got to know. It's an opportunity to relive that special day.

Black powder fire explosions.

It feels like we have stepped back in time. Two of the greatest men our nation has ever known right here.

Watching a reenactment is really cool, but being a part of it is even that much cooler.

That's why Paul Revere was coming to this house.

The British, had a price on their head. All the while, you could hear the drums of the British. A fight is coming. We still had one looming, unanswered question. Who fired the first shot?

Welcome back to our roundtable for a wrap-up of today's episode of Constitutional Defense. We obviously started the episode right here at Sniper's Point and we headed off to the front-site classroom where Rick did some teaching. Now we're back for a couple of salient take-home messages. However, before we do that, I have a take-home message for you. I'm ready, Are you? Is it good? No, it hurts.

I don't know. You just watched my teaching. It might be a critique.

Brad

No, you're a good teacher, but I got to tell you I think the star of the show isn't you, I think it's your kids. I think you're right and at some point, you're going to have to man up and just turn the stage over to the kids. You can drive them around if you need to.

Rick Green

That's pretty much what people say now.

They say, hey, we need've got to be the driver, or maybe open up your wallet to fund their hotel. Actually, yeah, they're old enough to drive now, but I still.

Of course, they cost more than me too. Your entire family is always welcome, all right, well, I'll come and do more firearms training.

They'll do the teaching after that. What are the take-home messages for our viewers from today's episode?

Yeah, I mean we covered a lot of ground, but two major things that I hope people remember. Number one, that this right of self-defense that we talked about last night in the classroom, it comes from the laws of nature. This is not something that I give to you or you give to me. This is from the laws of nature and nature's God and that's so important to remember. That's why last night, I brought out some of these books. I brought out some of these books. I brought more for us today, but it's why you can go to. You know, look, I gave the quote from Zephaniah Swift. There's the book where he actually gives us the quote. Last night I mentioned Tucker and the quote from him. We talked about James Wilson, john Adams. All of these guys said it's the law of nature, a first law of nature, and you think about it. This is common sense, right? I could pass a law saying you can't defend yourself, you're still going to find a way to defend yourself and your family. That's what the laws of nature are all about. Quick break folks, we'll be right back.

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So the question I have? I mean I obviously I agree with you. I do believe that our right to self-defense does come from the law of nature, does come from God Right, each one of us as an individual. That's certainly what they said. Certainly what they said, and they're the founders Right, so we should certainly listen to them. Certainly what they said, and they're the founders Right, so we should certainly listen to them. But how pertinent is it today, in today's world of legislation, in the real politic, if you will, you know, in Washington?

DC. In a world of moral relativism where anything goes, everything goes.

Exactly. You know, if I started making that argument, a lot of people's eyes would start rolling and you know they'd say come on. You know, let's, let's deal with the real world.

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Your question is how pertinent it is. Is it?

It depends on how pertinent liberty is to you right, exactly. And how do we make it pertinent? So right, if we're taking our responsibilities seriously, how do we get to institute that back into?

today's society. We have to explain the difference right. It's not about what are your personal beliefs or my personal beliefs. It's about what works and what doesn't work. And the best comparison is the French Revolution and the American Revolution. French Revolution said oh well, you know, it's all about just libertas. There is no God, there is no law of nature, it's just liberty. And whoever's in charge makes the rules. What did it lead to? The guillotine, absolute chaos. French Revolution didn't work.

That's why, when Washington was given his farewell address, he's watching the French Revolution take place. He's saying you know, they tried to get what we had. The American revolution said freedom and liberty comes from God, comes to us, we, the people, and we set up government for the purpose of protecting that law of nature, protecting those rights. And he said they wanted that. But what they did was they said forget the laws of nature and nature's God, it's just whoever's in charge controls. That changed everything and they did not get the same result that we got. So he warned us in his farewell address don't ever do that, don't go down that road.

 

I would even call it a pure libertarian belief that says you don't need the laws of nature and nature's God, we just want freedom and whatever you define freedom as you can have, that's not what the founders viewed in terms of freedom. So if you really want freedom to last, if you want liberty, if you want morality I mean, if you want liberty you have to have morality. And the only way you get morality is to come back to the ideas of the laws of nature and nature's God. So it changes the result of liberty depending on whether we reinstitute this idea and speaking of instituting, I mean that's part of what they said the reason for government, the reason we institute government among us.

Right Governments are instituted among us. Why? Because we need it to protect these liberties, not take these liberties away and certainly not infringe on your right to defend. If your first law of nature is to be able to defend yourself, government's job is to protect that right, not infringe upon it and say you can't carry here, you can't carry there, you can't protect your family in this situation. You only have so many rounds in your magazine. Whatever different ways government tries to infringe on it, that's the opposite of what government ought to be doing.

It ought to be protecting your right to defend yourself. So as today's society gets more agnostic, right and farther away from the idea of laws of nature, laws of God, you know how do we institute that back in?

We encourage them to think like Benjamin Franklin. Okay, benjamin Franklin was no Christian, all right, but he was not an atheist. He still believed there was a God, but he wasn't a Christian, but he still said. He looked at the founding fathers and he even said, right there at the Constitutional Convention, he said guys, he said look, how could we possibly form a nation without the Supreme being, without the Father of Lights illuminating our understanding? So, even as someone that was really considered the least religious of all the founding fathers, he said I've studied every government in the history of man and I've studied every religion and I know that if we institute these Christian principles, the idea of the laws of nature, we'll have a more free society. So, even when you don't necessarily believe in a particular religion, understand that, according to the founding fathers, you need a religion to have morality. You need a morality to have liberty.

So if liberty is your aim, if you want freedom, then you got to have that formula in place as a culture overall in order to get that result. Let's get that into the legislature on both sides of the aisle. Yeah, no doubt, no doubt. So, rick, this actually makes some sense, and my thought is is that the people who are anti-gun, maybe they feel that innate sense, that law of nature that comes from God, for self-protection and they want to get rid of the guns in order to feel more safe? We know that's wrong, but what's your thought on that?

No, I think you're right. I mean, I think in their heart of hearts they're living out that DNA we were just talking about of wanting to protect themselves. And somewhere along the way they bought the lie. It's wrongheaded. We're not saying it's right. They bought the lie that if we have gun control, if I can take away your right to have a gun, somehow that's going to make me safer. I mean, you even see the crazy quotes of oh, if there's another gun in the equation it'll cause a problem, rather than if there's a good guy with a gun thinks they want to get rid of all guns. So yeah, I think their motive might be good, but they just don't understand the laws of nature.

You know, I think even the anti-gunners realize that when they pick up the phone and dial 911, they want somebody to show up Right who has a gun With a gun, exactly, exactly I mean this is true from the American Revolution to right this second, absolutely the good guy with the gun is the solution to the bad guy with the gun. Even the anti-gunners realize that. They just don't want us to have the gun Right, they want access to it, or they want law enforcement or military, and that's it which is folly. How do you keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys?

That's right. And the big speakers that come in, the celebrities from Hollywood, the congressmen and whatnot, what are they surrounded by? Personal people with guns protection guys that have guns, people with guns Right. But to go to a rally to tell us that the guns are the problem, I mean it doesn't make sense logically. But you can kind of understand a little bit where they're coming from in their heart of hearts. But our job is to get good policy. Even when people are wrong in the way they're thinking, we have to defeat them politically in order to still protect our right to keep and bear arms, in order to literally protect the very people that we had to defeat.

 

Well, and that thinking is the only way Joe Biden, which you taught us last night in your lecture, could say that the man with the AR-15 who saved lives, what was his name? Stephen Williford. Yeah, stephen Williford shouldn't have had that AR-15. Who saved lives? She wouldn't have had it. Yeah, what was his name? Stephen Williford. Yeah, stephen Williford shouldn't have had that AR-15. Right.

 

The very weapon that stopped the crime, stopped the bad guy, and Joe Biden says he shouldn't have been allowed to have that.

So he was willing to let more people die, which, if you follow the logic, now he wouldn't say that no, but we're been allowed to have the AR.

But the AR is what was used to stop the bad guy. So if he didn't have the AR, what's the next logical conclusion? The guy's going to be anyway. The logic isn't there, but that's why we're doing this course right, because we're taking the time to think logically, like these guys did, and work for good policy so that we can continue to protect ourselves. And also, don't forget that you know we talked about some of those quotes last night it's not just to protect yourself against the bad guy in the instant, it's also to protect yourself against a tyrannical government. Part of self-defense is making sure that we continue to have freedom. That government knows that there's a whole lot of us good guys out there with guns and therefore they won't pass laws that become more and more tyrannical. That's what these guys said over and over again that the Second Amendment was actually about to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government.

Over again, that the Second Amendment was actually about to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government. Okay. So, really, there are multiple levels that we're trying to be active on here. One is to defeat the immediate threat, the bad guy with the gun. That's right. But politically we also want to score big on protecting gun rights, not just for the gun-toting Second Amendment-believing front-side student type crowd, but also for the gun grabbers, the anti-gunners. Even for them. Even for them, because, frankly, if they are successful, then everybody loses. I mean.

Think about somebody who serves in the military. When they go and they're willing to lay down their lives, they're not laying down their lives. For some Americans that might believe it's not. A Republican doesn't go lay down their life just for Republicans. A Democrat doesn't go serve and lay down their life no-transcript.

Well, first one, like we said, it's the laws of nature that gives you your right of self-defense.

And the second one I hope they remember from today and from the teaching in the classroom is that it's not just your job to be ready, like you said, for that immediate need to defend yourself, but also to politically protect those rights.

So if you don't like what's happening in the country, if you don't like what's happening in your own state or your community, hey, you're a citizen. It's your job to step up and get involved. And that's why we talked about that John Jay quote and I'll probably use this quote a hundred times throughout our episodes where he said that it's the responsibility of every citizen to read and study the Constitution so that we'll know our rights and be the better prepared to defend and assert them. That's what we're doing. We're studying the Constitution. We're not just reading it, we're studying what do these guys say and think when they put the Constitution in place, so that we'll be able to recognize whenever someone is violating those rights and then we can defend and assert those rights. So it's all of our jobs. Let's follow what John Jay said and we do that by studying the Constitution.

All right, perfect. So let's talk about the next episode. What do we have to look forward to?

Next episode we're actually going to go to Philadelphia and I'm going to teach in the room where the Constitution was framed. So we'll be taking people into the room and part of a class that we did kind of like what we did in today's episode in the front side classroom, but this time we'll be in the very room where the Declaration of Constitution were framed and I'll be teaching on the seeds of liberty. So we're going to lay the foundation. Before we actually get into the words of the Constitution. We're going to talk about what was the philosophy behind it, what was the foundation that was laid. So we'll spend a lot of time on the Declaration of Independence and how the founders said. That's the foundation, kind of like the slab of the home, if you will, and then the Constitution itself is the actual home that our nation was built with. So we'll talk about the seeds of liberty, lay that foundation, teach a little bit there, and then we'll come back here to Sniper's Point.

All right, gentlemen, thank you. That's a wrap for today, and we look forward to seeing you right here for the next episode of Constitutional Defense.

All right, folks, that was a five-part series this week, so if you just tuned in today and you missed the other days of the week, be sure and visit wallbuilderslive.com for the archive section and get all five parts of today's presentation, or come get it in person. Come join us on the Patriot Academy campus. If you can't make it, still sign up and join us. Whatever week this year is good for you, to come and visit us on site, the website patriotacademy.com. Click on constitutional defense and you'll be able to get signed up. Hope you enjoyed this week. It's been a good education intellectual ammunition if you will on this biblical right of self-defense. You've been listening to WallBuilders

 

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