Saturday, November 18, 2006

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Marine Corps Rules for Gun Fighting
1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.
5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. Have a plan.
13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
16. Don't drop your guard.
17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.
19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you
22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."

Found at Evangelical Outpost by Younghusband at Coming Anarchy.
"Younghusband" is a Canadian who recently returned to his home country after a number of years in Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English, with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia from North to South to West. He is currently doing his MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost says "I'm a Reformed protestant evangelical, though I have a soft spot for Catholics." He is a former Marine, successful writer and blogger.
There may be scripture to support this list, but I don't have the resources to look it up. Most of what I understand about the Bible, particularly the New Testament, prevents me from finding this list amusing. I found it entertaining at Coming Anarchy but when I learned it came from a source advertising itself to be Christian it hit me like a splash of iced water. I'm working not to sound sanctimonious, but it takes a lot of effort. Sorry, but I seem to be failing.

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