The Increasing Incidence of Suicide

ALR Episode 72 – When Dark My Road


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Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
In a non-Ballistic Minute, Sgt. Bill shares his thoughts and experiences with suicide, including the death of his best friend, and urges listeners to seek help because suicide is not the solution.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia Anstine shares her thoughts about suicide prevention and the warning signs that may identify people at risk.

Clinging to God and Guns
Lloyd and Pastor John Bennett discuss the Christian view and response to depression and suicide. Pastor Bennett shares his personal struggles, we discuss Pr. Todd Peppercorn’s book “I Trust When Dark My Road,” and answer some common questions and misconceptions about suicide, sin, and God’s grace in our darkest hours.

Prayer of the Week
Lord, with our anxious cares and troubles we come to You, trusting in Your Word and believing in Your promises. All of us, some more than others, have been greatly upset by the worries, fears, and doubts of the day. Be our Strength and Refuge so we may find peace of mind and healing body. Uphold us with Your almighty arm. We are not worthy of Your love and mercy, for we have sinned and often done evil in Your sight. Blot out all our transgressions through Christ’s precious blood. Fill our souls with peace. Give us the grace to put all our trust in You. Let Your healing hand rest upon us day after day. Enable us by Your grace to rise above all our suffering to praise You, whose will is wiser than our own. Keep us in Your saving grace, and abide with us all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Talking Shoot Like A Girl This Week on ALR

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio I’m at the Shoot Like A Girl trailer at NRA Annual Meetings. I’m chatting with Cristy Crawford about the mobile shooting range and what it means for women who would like to get started shooting. Listen up to learn about the organization as well as where you can find them in the coming months.

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ALR Episode 69 – What Would Jesus Say To The NRA?

armed-lutheran-radio-logoThis week on Armed Lutheran Radio, Sgt. Bill is back! Aaron shares a lesson learned from a recent good-guy-with-a-gun incident in Texas, Mia reports from the Shoot Like a Girl trailer at NRAAM, and Pastor Bennett is out sick so Lloyd is flying solo on Clinging to God & Guns, taking apart an article that suggests that Jesus would have some choice words for the NRA.

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Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Sgt. Bill is back from his win at the Silver Dollar to talk about the oft-heard phrase “Fast is fine, but accuracy is final.”

Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense
Last week in a restaurant in Arlington, Texas a good guy with a gun stopped a badguy with a gun. Aaron shares his thoughts on this story.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is hanging out with Christie Crawford from Shoot Like a Girl at the NRA Annual Meetings.

Clinging to God and Guns
With Pastor Bennett out sick, Lloyd is going solo taking on an article from Red Letter Christians that completely misuses numerous Bible verses to suggest that Jesus would not be too happy with the NRA.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty and everlasting God, the heavenly Father who shows the light of truth to those who are in error so that they may return into the way of righteousness, cause all who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Church to avoid those things that are contrary to their profession and to follow all such things that are agreeable thereto; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Rules for Traveling with Guns on ALR

In episode 61 of the Armed Lutheran Radio Podcast. I talked about how you can stay safe in your journeys. This week I saw some headlines about travel as well. It’s not about the TSA incident with the little boy. What I’m referring to is a TSA screener who missed finding a .38 caliber handgun in a travelers bag.

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This traveler made it through security with a gun in her bag. The TSA agent was fired. According to the Transportation Security Administration, she was a new employee, who was still on probation. She was dismissed from the position.

An Atlanta police officer said that Katrina Jackson of Hoover, Alabama made it through security and was at her gate, looking at her passport when she discovered her handgun was still in her bag. She immediately contacted security to notify them that she still had her loaded handgun.

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Police arrested her for unlawful possession of a firearm because she was in an area where firearms are prohibited. I’m still looking for follow up reports, but I have a lot of questions.

What would you do? Would you turn yourself in? Would you sweat it out quietly and hope that you made it to your destination?

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This woman was from Alabama but the report says she was flying from Georgia. That leads me to ask, “Did she fly already, with her handgun one time prior?”

In my research and looking for answers for these questions, I looked at TSA’s website. I found some interesting statistics that make me worry about us and I feel like we need to be doing a better job.

In TSA’s 2015 Year in Review:

TSA officers screened 708,316,339 million passengers (more than 1.9 million per day), which is 40,780,330 millionmore passengers than for the same timeframe in 2014.

In addition to screening more than 708 million passengers, TSA officers also screened 1.6 billioncarry-on bags, 432million checked bags and 12.9million airport employees!

That’s a lot of huge numbers, which I find a bit difficult to wrap my mind around. It makes it easier to understand how a mistake can be made, but we would hope there wouldn’t be mistakes, right?

It leads me to another question. In another headline, I read that Delta Airlines was not going to allow checked guns. I couldn’t find any facts to support that statement. I did find accounts of changes which would make travel more strict for gun owners. One said that gun cases will be zip tied so they cannot be opened in the airport. I find this solution a bit strange because anyone can come in the baggage area. You don’t even need an I.D. to come into a baggage area from outside. Bags can be stolen.

Another new rule would be that gun owners will have to go to a clerk to retrieve their firearms. I think that’s a good idea.

What do you think? What are some good ideas that would make airports more secure, besides taking our guns away?

Also significant (via TSA 2015 Year in Review), 2,653 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than seven firearms per day. Of those, 2,198 (83 percent)were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 236 airports; 12 more airports than last year. There was a 20 percent increase in firearm discoveries from 2014’s total of2,212. Pictured are just some of the firearms discovered in 2015.

If you are a person who regularly practices concealed carry, you ‘ve made your gun part of your morning routine. Tell me, what things do you do to remind yourself not to wear your gun on a day you plan to fly?

Top 10 airports for gun catches in 2015 (via TSA 2015 Year in Review)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 153
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 144
George Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston (IAH): 100
Denver International Airport  (DEN): 90
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport  (PHX): 73
Nashville International Airport  (BNA): 59
Seattle-Tacoma International  Airport  (SEA): 59
Dallas Love Field Airport  (DAL): 57
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): 54
William P. Hobby Airport  (HOU): 52

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Talking Assault Rifles This Week on ALR

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Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is back from a hog hunt with Remington Arms with a story about those eeevil black rifles.

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we take on the illogical ramblings of a late Methodist Bishop who is channeling his inner Joe Biden by suggesting that passing meaningless “gun safety” laws will save some lives. Plus tips from Sgt. Bill and Mia Anstine, and a lesson from the Book of Jonah.

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Commentary: The Book of Jonah
A lesson on loving our neighbor and the sinful desire to see the wicked suffer.

Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Sgt. Bill talks about the differences between the top competitive shooters and average joes.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is back from a hog hunt with Remington Arms with a story about those eeevil black rifles.

Clinging to God and Guns
Lloyd and Pastor Bennett look at a blog post from the United Methodist Church following the failure of gun control laws to pass back in 2013.

Prayer of the Week
We implore You, almighty and merciful Father, to look upon the hearty desires of Your humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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Safe Travels with Mia at ALR

armed-lutheran-radio-featuring-mia-anstineThis week at Armed Lutheran Radio I’m on my way to Florida and share some tips for you to have safe travels. Listen up or read on to learn some of the ways you can have a safe, enjoyable travel experience.

According to Denver’s 7 News Crime is up at Denver International Airport compared to last year. This includes car burglaries, larcenies and assaults. In their report, Denver Police Commander Tony Lopez said “We are one of the safest airports in the country,” 

2016 reports also state that car burglaries are up 108 percent from that time in 2015. That means if you have to use overnight parking, you should absolutely NOT leave anything of value in your vehicle.

Assaults, which primarily make up the “other crimes against persons” category, show a 54 percent increase. Year to date numbers show 13 incidents in 2015 and 20 incidents in 2016.

There are other concerns you as a traveler need to be aware of. One that many of you may be aware of due to the new cards your bank has been sending is that of electronic pickpocketing. When you’re sitting in the airport and a random person comes and sits or stands beside you and there are plenty of other seats or open areas, you can bet them may be using radio frequency identification to electronically steal your information. Although you may have found it a bit annoying to update your cards and learn to use them, your bank is helping stop this crime with the new EMV chips on credit cards.

Another way to prevent this scanning is with RFIDblocking wallets. Some say these are a waste of time due to the new chip in the credit cards, but if you don’t have a new passport, thieves can steal your information from it as well. Put your passport in an RFID blocking sleeve, wallet or purse.

Another concern is that of actual pickpocketing. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in an airport and many people in congregated areas. This is an ideal time for thieves to reach into or even take bags. Next time you’re at the airport, take a gander around. Look at how many people are NOT keeping an eye on their personal items. Don’t be a victim. Carry backpacks on the front of your person. Make sure purses and suitcases are zipped and closed tightly.

You may think TSA is your friend because, after all, they are security, right? Jay Brainard, a TSA security director in Kansas, explained that news came out regarding TSA employees stealing passengers’ expensive carry-on items from their bags. Since then the TSA Office of Inspection has sent investigators out to randomly check but how do you know your items aren’t being stolen? Pay close attention because once you get past security and to your gate, it’s probably too late to run back and find your items. The best way to prevent this loss is to use carry-on bags that can have locks attached. If you’re like me, you’ll also never want to check your jewelry, cameras or valuable Swarovski optics. It’s a lot to carry, but you just never know if it’s going to make it to your destination. Carry them on and lock them up.

If you’re like me, you’ll also never want to check your jewelry, cameras or valuable Swarovski optics. It’s a lot to carry, but you just never know if it’s going to make it to your destination. Carry them on and lock them up.

Another concern that I feel many Christians need to deal with is that of telling the truth. You see, a seemingly innocent traveler may actually be interviewing you for personal information. Nonchalantly asking about your family, daughter or son, where you live, type of vehicle you drive or even what church you attend may be a way to determine how easy of a target you are. Although we’re commanded to not give false testimony, it’s important to protect ourselves and our family’s from unlikely predators.

These are just a few tips for would-be travelers. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, don’t let a predator ruin your day. Be aware. Be conscious and always be safe. Next week I’ll be back on Armed Lutheran Radio t0 tell you more about the firearms we’ll be shooting during the Florida Hog Hunt in Remington Country.

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Sharing Vehicle Preparedness and More on ALR Podcast

In Episode 57 of the Armed Lutheran podcast,  Aaron Israel gave us a tip about being prepared for emergencies while we’re in our vehicles. I want to add one thing on to his tip. When you prepare your vehicle and emergency kits for the vehicle be sure to test them out. Learn how to use them. Make sure you know what to do with those items when you need them.

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When I was a young girl my dad taught me how to change a tire. Over the years I’ve needed to change tires a number of times. Even one time when I was eight-months pregnant with my daughter. It’s an important skill to learn. Dad’s, and moms, please teach your daughters, and sons, how to do this.

One day my daughter and I were out hunting in an area where there is not cell service. That’s where many of the best hunting spots are. We got to our hunting spot before daylight. As we unloaded and were preparing our gear I noticed the tire was leaking and going flat. I looked at it and with it being so early in the morning and chilly out I said, “Let’s go hunt a while and then we’ll come back and change the tire.”

We hunted the morning, came back and had a snack. Then, I pulled out the lug wrench, jack, and other items, and prepared to change the tire. This is where we ran into a few complications. The lug wrench that came with my Toyota Tacoma didn’t fit the lugs on my tire. Yep. both were stock items that came with the vehicle. Not aftermarket add-ons here. They didn’t fit.

 

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This lug wrench was just a single bar. When he taught me my dad said, “Get a star, it’s better for leverage.” Here’s another tip.  A “star,” also known as a 4-way, is a good thing to have because it fits multiple sized lugs.

 

It’s not fun to hunt where there’s a lot of people. We decided to limp the truck out this dusty jeep road far enough to where we could get a couple bars of signal and send a text message. We got a message to somebody. While we were waiting, a wildlife officer came and asked about our status. She got her lug wrench out and it didn’t fit our lugs either.

Eventually the day went by and we got a star wrench. We got the lugs off. We got the tire changed and everything ended up okay. My daughter learned how to change a tire. Since then, she’s also needed to utilize the skill.

The moral of the story is, Dads, or moms, pass on these skills. Teach your children to self-sufficient and independent. Please, learn how to change a tire. Get your gear ready. Test the gear before you need it. Always be prepared.


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Women’s Rights vs Gun Rights and More on ALR Podcast

ALR Episode 55 – God, Guns, And Manhood

On this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, Lloyd and Pastor Bennett dissect an interview with Rev. John Piper about whether Christian men should own guns to protect their families. Plus another Ballistic Minute with Sgt. Bill, Mia’s Motivations, and a self-defense tip from Aaron Israel.

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Commentary
What if women had the same rights as guns?

Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Sgt. Bill answers a listener’s questions about dry fire.

Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense
Aaron Israel shares lessons learned from a road rage incident.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is back from SHOT Show with her family to tell us about all the cool stuff she saw.

Clinging to God and Guns
Is it necessary for a Christian man in his vocation as protector of his family to own a gun. The simple answer is no, but Rev. John Piper goes a step further and suggests that because he is short tempered, nobody should own a gun.

Prayer of the Week
Heavenly Father, as You know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers that by reason of the frailty of our fallen nature we cannot at any time stand upright, grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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ALR – Faith, Firearms, Freedom, Self-Defense plus #StandwithCap

The-Armed-Lutheran-Radio-PodcastThe Armed Lutheran Radio podcast just keeps getting better. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to listen, now’s the time.

This is episode 33 of the podcast, where Lloyd Baily and ALR contributors (including me) discuss faith, firearms, and freedom! PLUS we talk about guns, the natural right of self-defense, the shooting sports, hunting, and the ethical issues surrounding gun ownership and gun rights in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Special guest – Brandon Warr of War Zone Media joins us to discuss the history of Captain America from the comics to the movies, the parallels between the Civil War story line and the gun control debate, and how Massachsetts AG Maura Healy’s #StandWithCap hashtag is a bastardization of what the character stood for in comic lore.

Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Shooting partials in IDPA is a different test than USPSA. In IDPA hard cover, actual stage props, and non-threat targets can present you with part of a target, and mistakes can be costly. Sgt. Bill explains how to attack the different types of partials you might face in an IDPA match.

Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense
Aaron Israel gets back to basic and discusses the “AOJ Triad” — Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy — and how they are used to determine when it is appropriate to use deadly force in self-defense. Beyond knowing the law in your state, understanding this concept is key to deciding if you are justified or prosecuted for a defensive shooting.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia Anstine builds on Aaron’s tip from last week, discussing how to arm your older children as they go off to college. They can’t take a gun with them, and in many cases even less-than lethal weapons are forbidden. You can arm them with the gift of fear and intuition.

Clinging to God and Guns
Pastor Bennett is still attending to family medical needs. Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers. We hope to have him back with us next week!

Prayer of the Week
Keep, we implore You, O Lord, Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because the frailty of mankind without You cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Armed Woman Joins the Guys at the Armed Lutheran

Introducing Our Newest Contributor

Mia Anstine joins Armed Lutheran Radio

Mia is a blogger, freelance writer, a hunting guide, a certified archery and firearms instructor and an NRA mom with a passion for the great outdoors.  She’s the first American woman to appear on the cover of Field & Stream magazine and joins Queen Elizabeth and Eva Shockey as only the third woman to ever appear on that publication’s cover. She’s also an armed confessional Lutheran!

Mia was the featured guest in episode 28, and she brings her unique perspective and shares her interests with Armed Lutheran Radio listeners starting next week!

We are excited to welcome Mia to the cast and can’t wait to hear what about all the things that motivate Mia.

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Podcast for Shooters – Armed Lutheran Radio

A friend recently shared a link to a shooter’s podcast, which I immediately had to listen to. Why?-you ask. Because I’m a shooter, but also because I’m a Lutheran. If you listen to this week’s episode, you may hear a Lutheran you know. (hint. hint.) The Armed Lutheran is dedicated to the Second Amendment, the shooting sports, and guns in general. Offering opinion, news, tips, gear and firearms reviews from a uniquely Lutheran perspective.

That day I first listed to the ‘Reaction To Orlando’. The Armed Lutheran show host shared thoughts about the shooting as well as our President’s reaction, as well as a Biblical view of the LGBT movement. That’s episode 23. If you now listen to episode 28, you’ll hear a bit about ‘The Changing Face of Hunting’ where I discuss the Field & Stream cover as well as women involved in hunting and shooting.


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ALR Episode 28 – The Changing Face Of Hunting

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This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we talk the Republican National Convention and the upcoming election, about setting goals, teaching new shooters, and we’re joined by only the third woman ever to appear on the cover of Field & Stream magazine. Mia Anstine is an armed Lutheran from Colorado and she joins us to talk about women and hunting, shooting, gun rights, and the things that motivate her.

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