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WHO WOULD WANT TO KILL ME?
On February 9, 1978, while is Lake City, Florida, Ted Bundy abducted, raped, and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Leach, throwing her body under a small pig shed. In Merced, California, on August 23, 2000, a naked man wielding a pitchfork cut the phone lines to a home, then broke in and began attacking the four children, while their parents were not home. The oldest child, fourteen-year-old Jessica Carpenter, tried to retrieve a gun from her father's gun cabinet, but was unable to, since it was locked, in accordance with a law that had been recently passed. She ran to a neighbor's home and begged him to use his own gun to stop the attacker. Unfortunately, the neighbor instead decided to call 911 and wait. When the police arrived, Jessica's seven-year-old brother and nine-year-old sister had been stabbed to death. The killer was finally stopped when police officers arrived and shot him. On January 29, 1998, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a paranoid-schizophrenic snatched a two-year-old girl from her mother‟s arms and fled. A nearby landscaper named Gene Case saw what had happened, and ran to his car to retrieve his .45 handgun. He chased and caught up to the kidnapper, and yelled "Stop! Put the child down, or I'm going to kill you!" The kidnapper released the child, and was held at gunpoint until the police arrived. On January 26, 1994, in Frayser, a section of Memphis, Tennessee, two home invaders slashed the throat of a six-year-old girl, before the girl's mother shot the attackers with a .22 pistol. The girl survived, but her wounds required eighteen stitches. According to "Certain Things Christians Cannot Do," Leo Tolstoy (the novelist) once said he did not believe in violence, because he had seen too many people killed in the (Crimean) war. When asked what he would do if he saw someone trying to rape or kill a child, he replied, that he had never seen such a thing (in context, he was saying he didn't believe it could ever happen because he had never seen it). According to the FBI (on their website) "It's nearly unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime..." All this, to say, I hear people all the time say stupid things like, "Why should I ever need a gun? Who would ever want to kill me?" Well, the answer is, it doesn't matter WHO. The sad fact is, there are people out there who WILL kill you, not because of who you are, but because of their own reason, whether it be they don't like you, you didn't have enough money on you when they tried to rob you, they wanted your shoes and figured the easiest way to get them was to kill you first, or, in some cases, no reason at all other than they decided to kill someone and you were the next person to come along, or they are actually insane. It's a sad fact that it can happen. You should be prepared in case it does.