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Recently we considered the absence of innocents being hurt by defenders during a defensive action. We analyzed 11 times however, that lives were taken or endangered due to recklessness of faith-based defenders.

I stated all who made mistakes endangering others should face some consequences.

I also do not believe every instance of mistakes should mean that person being forever disqualified as a defender.

I consider a young man who was a friend of our family. He loved hearing my sons and I talk of our hunting trips, but his family never hunted (or handled guns much). We loaned him a .270 rifle and helped him prepare for his 1st elk hunt.

One hunting day as we were putting our rifles back in cases in the bed of my truck, he fired a round that went through my truck toolbox.

The young man turned white as a sheet. It was a foolish mistake; dangerous and reckless. Had it happened in the city around crowds, or had it struck someone out there in the Rockies, charges would have been appropriate.

It was however, a teachable moment. I reinforced muzzle and trigger finger disciplines and how you always unload your rifle before putting it in the truck. All things I had taught and told him, but this was a real teachable moment.

That young man has now been based out of Ft. Campbell with a Spec Ops group for many years. Our family is proud of him. But he and I shared an exceptional teaching moment in the mountains.

If someone learns from a mishap, they could be better than most in a protective roll. If however, someone wouldn’t own up to negligence, I would never have them serve. Such a defensive person is a liability.


Think About it

Moses and David are two biblical leaders to consider. Both were guilty of reckless acts that cost lives. What illustrates the difference between responsibility and irresponsibility is how they viewed their mistakes.

Nowhere following Exodus 2:12 do we ever see Moses say, “He started it” or “He got what he deserved.”

David did not justify his actions after 2 Samuel 12:7 in the famous, “You are the man” comment from Nathan.

Take reckless acts seriously. Consider continued service carefully on a case-by case basis. Recall the times it could have been (or was) you.

The best are not perfect.


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