"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" was a popular patriotic song during World War II. The origin of the song is unclear but I think it sums up our current situation.
It might have been inspired by a chaplain, Capt. H.M. Forgy, who was on the deck of the U.S.S. New Orleans. It was under fire at 1010 hours on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor and the Japanese were attacking. Forgy is reported to have said on national TV that he saw the men were getting tired and he said, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition." From that short sentence a song was composed which helped rally Americans during the war.
As I sit in the office, I think about the terrorist attack on San Bernardino, California.
Another song by Longfellow comes to mind.
"And in despair I bowed my head:
"'There is no peace on earth,' I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
What are we going to do about terrorism at home?
To think of an attack on one building in a California city as terrorism is absurd. It's like watching one of those criminal plots on the old "Batman" TV show. The Joker and the Penguin are at it again.
Yet, the head of the FBI says it is being investigated as a terrorist attack.
Certainly the arsenal that police found in the gunmen's home indicate it was a planned attack. For years, we have been warned that our enemies are recruiting people in the U.S. and we can expect such attacks. That is what makes it absurd. Attack relatively small and unimportant communities like San Bernardino instead of focusing on major cities like Washington and New York? Of course, Paris was one of the Isis targets, so Washington and New York and Los Angeles and Chicago could be attacked in the future.
What is the answer?
I believe our faith will be part of our salvation. I think gun control will not.
Finally, I have found something with which to agree with Ted Cruz, candidate for President. Don't take guns away, arm our citizenry.
I appreciate our police as much as anyone can. But they are relatively few and therefore must be far between.
Honest, hardworking, upstanding Americans are everywhere and where we gather, that is where terrorists want to be. How much better if, instead of the four-minute response time in San Bernardino, there had been several people, perhaps many people who could have fired back at the man and woman who were shooting and killing?
No sir! Don't look to gun control to protect Americans. We still have the right to bear arms, according to the Constitution.
"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
"The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
"With peace on earth, good will to men."
Or, as Capt. Forgy said it, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!"