Taking the Law into Your Own Hands

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My wife and I [Joseph Hebert] recently took the class to get our concealed weapons permits here in Oklahoma. We've been here six years, so I guess it's about time. We used to have our permits in Texas, but had to relinquish them when we moved here. Even then, after writing letters and lobbying hard to get the concealed carry law passed, it was several years before we actually got the permits. I guess I'm just not that big of a gun nut.

Still, it got me to thinking about the line delineating self-defense and taking the law into your own hands. I don't have a problem with people defending themselves, or their families, or even their neighbors and property. But no one should take the law into their own hands. Should they?

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[Editor's note: Special thanks to Joseph Hebert for permission to reprint and share some of his articles on Finding Gems & Sharing Them. He is a believer and a scientist and has recently challenged my thinking and touched my spirit on many levels. I hope you will delight in the wisdom he brings to issues we as a society are currently wrestling with. May we hear the Lord above the noise and serve Him well with our time and treasure! Sandra Crosnoe]