Long Island Police: The Right to Bear Arms Is Not a Right of Self Defense

Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Second Amendment to the US Constitution says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Apparently, Americans have the right to bear arms due to recent Supreme Court decisions. The authority to use them in defense of your life, liberty or property, however, is yet another matter. Ask George Grier who lives in Uniondale on Long Island, New York. Grier was being threatened at his house initially by five gang members and then a larger group. Grier felt his life was in danger after a gang member threatened: “I’m gonna kill your family and your babies.” He fired warning shots and was arrested.
According to CBS News, Grier has no prior criminal record and he legally owned the AK-47 assault rifle he used to warn the intruders. But he was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment. According to the authorities, physical force can only be used to deter physical force. Since no one pulled out a gun, Grier acted illegally by firing warning shots into his lawn. In addition, the police use ShotSpotter technology, which pinpoints within 35 feet where a gun has been fired. This immediately attracts the attention of the police. So here is a case where a man appears to be defending himself after a threat of death to his family and the law favors the intruders.
CBS quoted Grier saying, “I went around and went into the house, ran upstairs and told my wife to call the police. I get the gun and I go outside and I come into the doorway and now, by this time, they are in the driveway, back here near the house. I tell them, you know, ‘Can you please leave?'” Grier told CBS one of the gang members challenged him. “He starts threatening my family, my life. ‘Oh you’re dead. I’m gonna kill your family and your babies. You’re dead.’ So when he says that, 20 others guys come rushing around the corner. And so I fired four warning shots into the grass.” Neither the CBS report, nor other stories indicated whether the trespassers were arrested.
Grier’s sister Caprice Rines told FOX News that Grier is the grandson of a local minister and is a church deacon who lives with his wife and two young daughters. She said, “This is blowing our minds, that he’s being arrested for this. You’re talking about a family that are believers, and we believe we have the right to bear arms.” Indeed, even Jesus Christ advised his disciples to carry arms, in fact, the most used assault weapon of his time. In Luke 22:36, Jesus said, “But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip; and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Constitutional law is derived from the Bible. And the concept of self defense is a Biblical concept. Grier should go free.

Comments are closed.