Gun-Day Sunday: “Off Duty” and Eternal Vigilance

See this report from South Florida first:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida’s Jewish community is on edge over the odd behavior of two women.

“These two people came into one of the temples in the community. One, if not two, walked inside the temple,” said Yona Lunger of the two Middle Eastern women in question.

A police report shows two women pulled up in silver Nissan Altima to Beth Israel at 770 W 40th St.

The driver remained silent while the passenger was standing just outside the car.

The woman that was standing outside the car asked, “Did you have services already?”

(Yes, there is an updated story on the right-hand side, but the excuse given is a flimsy one and the details provided do nothing to allay suspicions. Don’t believe a word of what that woman says.)

Then, as if on cue, here’s another timely missive from Mr Farnam, about being “off duty” when the balloon goes up:

A man with a dual (USA/Israeli) citizenship was stabbed to death at a Jerusalem supermarket last week. A devoted husband and father, he responded to screaming as two knife-wielding Palestinian teenagers were randomly attacking shoppers. Such racially/religiously inspired lethal attacks are now a daily occurrence in Israel, and in many metro areas here!

In the process of confronting the youthful murderers, the man was fatally wounded. Several other innocent shoppers were also injured, but none fatally.

Another shopper, armed with a pistol, responded by shooting both teenage thugs, instantly ending their rampage. Both criminals were subsequently reported hospitalized.

The decedent was an active member of a local police/security unit. However, on the day in question, as it was reported in the media, “… he was ‘off duty,’ and thus unarmed”

Lesson: The courageous citizen who was armed and effectively and decisively stopped the attack, and for whom the terms, “off duty” and “on duty” apparently have little meaning, doubtless prevented additional injury and probably saved several innocent lives, including his own.

If your duty is to protect your community in one capacity or another, you are never “off duty.” You might not be on the job every moment of every day, of course, but when duty calls you need to be ready and willing. The calls to duty will be coming with increasing frequency and urgency here at home, I predict. Best get that through our heads.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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