Six days. Countless police officers. Thousands of businesses that employ millions of Americans because of guns. And what did I find in the middle of SHOT Show?
Yup. This is the story about how the very Creator who has been kicked out of schools and society was there in everything we did in the gun world.
Saturday afternoon, I arrived in Sin City with our teams from Law Enforcement Today and The Silent Partner Marketing.
National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) flew me out to speak at the Executive Management Seminar, giving a keynote to some of the top gun industry executives in the world.
For anyone who knows me, they know I’m not shy about my beliefs. I’m a proud Christian and Conservative who believes that there’s nothing more important in this world than faith and family.
But that doesn’t align with the narrative that’s often spun in the media about the gun industry. And so I’d like to share with you a little of what I encountered over the past few days.
I had five dinner meetings. Each meeting was with various groups of executives in the industry. From the heads of some of the largest gun companies to the leaders of some of the biggest unions, I was among Titans.
And yet at every single dinner, before we broke bread, we prayed together.
It wasn’t the quick “good food, good meat, good God, let’s eat” prayer that your uncle says in a rush before a family meal. Each prayer was filled with gratitude, appreciation, and requests for guidance, wisdom, discernment, and protection for those who serve and protect.
I watched some of the biggest and strongest men I’ve ever met in my life bow their heads and together humbly ask for leadership.
I spent time with Josh and J.C. Richardson, the founders of Angel Amor. Their team was there to roll out their new ballistic vests. But what many people don’t know is that the brothers didn’t start the company to make money – they did it to save the lives of police officers. I’ve spent more time talking about God and faith with these humble servants than we have business. Perhaps that’s why they’re so successful.
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— Angel Armor (@AngelArmorPro) January 24, 2019
Walking through a city filled with the soft glow of electric sex gleaming everywhere and drugs galore, I spent time with Eli Crane, the former Navy SEAL Sniper and CEO of Bottle Breacher. We prayed together. We talked about how we could use our businesses to serve people. We found that peace and that brotherhood in a city that seems to lack a moral compass.
I had lunch with the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). We talked about the incredible work they’re doing to keep Americans safe, and we discussed their dedication to safety initiatives like Operation Innocence, focused on keeping kids safe.
I shook the hands of countless men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country. I met warriors who wear emblems with the Archangel Michael, a show of their faith and an ask for protection.
Everywhere I went, I met business owners who talked again and again about safety. Security. Protecting our country. Serving others. Keeping people safe.
One of the highlights of my week was when I got to have breakfast with Father Charlie, a friend who is the pastor of the only church in America that’s inside a casino. Father Charlie is an Air Force veteran with two deployments under his belt. Together in the Grande Luxe at 8am, surrounded by people from all over the world who were hung over from a night of gambling and drinking, Father Charlie and I shared prayer, breakfast and conversation about how to make the world a better place.
I got on a plane to return home and was reading through article submissions for Law Enforcement Today and The Whiskey Patriots. One of them infuriated me. It started like this:
“On Tuesday, which was ironically the 46th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. This new law is the most expansive abortion bill in the country. It allows abortion up to full term until the baby’s birth date. After Governor Cuomo signed the bill, the entire New York assembly chamber erupted into cheering and applauding as if they had won a great battle. Then to further their celebration of great victory, the One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, was lit up in pink that night as if they had won the Super Bowl.“
“This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death,” the bishops’ letter said. https://t.co/6UHEumKzLe
— jasonleeramsey (@jasonleeramsey) January 24, 2019
I wanted to write my own article, declaring the hypocrisy of Governor Cuomo. I was sickened by the news. As a father of two, with a third child on the way, I was angered beyond belief.
I couldn’t come up with words. And then I realized that perhaps the best way to handle my anger wasn’t to write an article talking about the moral destruction of America… but rather those who fight for the America we still know and love.
God isn’t dead. He’s alive and well. He’s in the hearts of so many of those men and women who were at SHOT show. He’s in the actions of those in the community working to ensure safety and security of ALL Americans.
You can tell God to get out of schools and society, but as long as He is in our hearts, He’ll never be actually kicked out.
We are at war in America. It’s not a Civil War by definition, but it’s no doubt a spiritual war and one that’s going to force us to choose sides between right and wrong… good and evil.
I know what side I’m on. And I’m happy that we’re the ones who have all of the guns.