Principles Over Fear

A few days ago, I shared the video of NYFD Lt. Alison Russo-Elling being murdered on the street. I lamented that no one stopped to help her or engage her attacker. She was walking to lunch when a man stabbed her 19 times, killing her. Multiple people drove by or walked by, without even slowing down. It was in broad daylight with a full view of the street.

Immediately, I had a bunch of guys chiming in with all the reasons why they wouldn’t get involved, “I’m not getting arrested”, “I have a job”, or “I have to take care of my family”. Let me share with you some Tactical Wisdom from Isaiah:

The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.
 He saw that there was no one,
    he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

Isaiah 59:15b-16a

That’s right; He was appalled that there was no one to intervene. Lest you think I’m applying this wrong, throughout Isaiah, God is observing Israel fall into debauchery, sexual immorality, violence, oppression, and mocking anyone who tried to oppose evil. Tell me that doesn’t sound like today’s world.

You see, we are SUPPOSED to protect each other. “But you don’t understand – my family counts on me.” Lt. Russo-Elling’s family counted on her. Do you believe that God thinks YOUR family is more important than hers? I’ll be brutally honest, everyone in my family knows EXACTLY what I’d do and is perfectly OK with whatever consequences happen, because PRINCIPLES MATTER. In fact, they would be offended if I didn’t act. I couldn’t live with myself if I allowed something like this to happen in my presence. And yes, I’d feel just as fine if I was thrown in prison for it. Jesus, Paul, and Peter were all imprisoned for doing the right thing, I’d be in good company.

I get it, it’s a scary time. Police departments are letting criminals go free and arresting those who lawfully resist. Does that mean that we should just surrender and allow lawlessness to increase? Do you suppose that your job will be around very long in the current trajectory? If law enforcement isn’t going to do it, we have to. And to be quite honest, God does NOT care one whit about your excuses. Let me give you a piece of Tactical Wisdom that illustrates that He doesn’t listen to excuses:

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4:17

Oh, and if you want to try and say you didn’t know that you were supposed to help:

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Proverbs 24:12

Do I have your attention? What can we do?

First, you can start by GETTING INVOLVED. When you see something bad happening, at least make your presence known. When one person stands up, it encourages others to do so as well. If enough people just stand up, it can prevent something bad from happening. If you see someone hurt, follow the example of the Good Samaritan and help them.

Now, the worst comment I got was “She was dying anyway, I couldn’t have done anything”. First, bro, adjust your principles. What you can do, even if someone is clearly dying, is take their hand and let them know they are not dying alone. Pray with them. Have some empathy. Stop being a coward and making excuses for it. Sorry, you don’t come here to listen to platitudes, you come here for unabashed honesty.

Second, as I frequently point out, carry a first aid kit with you everywhere you go. If you think, “nah, I’m just running to the store, I don’t need that”, take a seat and let someone less lazy and more compassionate go.

You can also get trained in defending yourself and others. Yes, even if the police might arrest you, the law is on your side. Kyle was vindicated. Some things, also, are more important than the laws of man. I’ve already told you this, but:

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,

We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5:29

If you are able to, get a concealed carry permit and carry a defensive firearm. Carry a knife or other defensive tool. If you carry a gun to defend yourself, you should be willing to defend others. Principles matter. Your life is no more valuable than anyone else’s. On this point:

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40

Brothers and Sisters, this applies to so much more than self-defense. This applies to the need to oppose the “Family Friendly Drag Shows”. This applies to opposing those who call us “Christo-Fascists”. This applies to opposing those who would deny others their rights based upon any factor including religion or political views. We must start taking a stand collectively, or, as Benjamin Franklin wisely warned, “we shall all hang separately.”

Another point to having principles over fear is this: You cannot on one hand complain about the injustices and rampant crime while on the other hand saying that you are unwilling to take literally ANY action for fear of arrest or losing your job. You have to either set aside your fear or stop whining. You cannot just wait for “someone” to save you. No one is coming. As God said to Gideon in Judges 6: “Am I not sending YOU?”

The Jan 6th arrests were intended to do exactly that – make you too afraid to do more than complain, and not too loudly.

Friends, go out and find your tribe. Set aside your fear and start standing up for your rights, our collective rights, and our freedoms. Start protecting each other. Stop shirking your responsibilities and passing them off to the police, who are NOT required to protect you. You are required to protect each other. Defy the tyrants and meet each other. Organize. Train.

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This isn’t meant to scold, it’s meant to shake you out of complacency and get you to realize that if WE don’t collectively do something by standing on our Principles, WE will lose everything, even those things you thought you were preserving by cowering in the corner. That’s right, if we don’t do something to slow this descent, our jobs and our families will be taken from us eventually. You are re-living 1938. If you think that’s hyperbole, read about why Jews didn’t resist and went along with gun confiscation and forced relocation. And don’t tell me you’ll fight if they come for your guns…If you won’t protect a woman being murdered in front of you, you aren’t going to use those guns, ever.

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Published by JD

I am the author of the Tactical Wisdom Series. I am a personal protection specialist and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. I conduct preparedness and self-defense training.

18 thoughts on “Principles Over Fear

  1. JD, thank you.

    My worst day would be if I was unprepared to act when presented with a situation where I could stop someone from being badly injured or killed. After 36 years as a first responder, now retired, the oath and the code are are still strong.

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  2. I can understand people saying they won’t get involved, sometimes I say those things too, maybe because I’m trying to convince myself that I have a choice in the matter, but every time I have been confronted with a real emergency I find myself acting before I weigh up the decision. Thankfully I have never had to deal with a murder happening in front of me, and I just don’t understand people not getting involved. Just shouting at the guy, causing him to slow down, distract him for a moment, get him to focus on you instead of stabbing, maybe even chase him off, might have done enough to save her life.

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  3. Mrs. Russo-Elling was someone’s daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother ect..
    If those thoughts escape a bystanders mind and the loss of their job or fear of arrest or whatever other cowardly excuse overcomes the instinct to act, well I doubt that instinct exists in you (bystander).
    Strong men and strong women are becoming a rare thing theses days.
    Thanks for the great write up.

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  4. As a Christian CCW permit holder I would not hesitate to protect someone else’s life. I train with my handguns a lot and I never leave home without one. Also, I engage in situational awareness every time I’m out and about. Another thing I do is go through different what if scenarios in my mind. “What would I do if.” I think what helps me to not hesitate to take lethal action against an attacker is the fact that I have hunted and killed large animals. I also have had to take action to protect my farm animals. I look forward to you emails. Thanks!

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  5. I can’t say you’re wrong but allow me to approach from a different angle. I observe some data points (I wouldn’t have know these as a passerby). First, her name is hyphenated which suggests some serious feminism. Second, she’s a female in FD leadership which suggests diversity promotion pointing towards even more serious feminism. If those are correct her belief system likely despises everything you hold dear – the walking epitome of “not my people”.

    Also, Gorillafritz has addressed this sort of situation directly and makes it clear he wouldn’t get involved beyond calling 911 and being a good witness. Greg is retired LEO, an excellent trainer, and extremely capable but says she had every opportunity to prepare for the wolf coming to her door, just like he did, and chose not to. He’d sleep just fine after that decision.

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    1. Seriously? Please unfollow this blog if you think that way. You missed the entire point of the article. Principles are principles. Allowing people to die because you don’t like them is wrong.


    2. Those are some pretty big assumptions. It’s scary to think this is how others might decide to help or not. Other reasons for hyphenated names are ethnicity and name recognition in a long term professional position. P.S. not ALL women get promoted for diversity’s sake. Some just work really hard. I’m left wondering how one would justify not helping if the victim were a man, child , elderly person, etc,etc…
      It’s sometimes better to just say, “I’m a coward”, then to have others think you’re a coward and a (forgive me JD) douche.

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  6. And here I thought we were just having a conversation about a hypothetical since neither of us are actually witnessing her getting gutted for reasons unknown on a busy city street. I didn’t intend to get you worked up. I’ll show myself the door.

    Greg Ellifritz runs

    Generally highly regarded but I admit I don’t get my morality from him either.

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    1. I know Greg, and have trained with him. I have read his blog since its inception, supported him via Patreon, and I have learned a great deal from his writing. I understand his perspective on responding to events like this, and he has clearly described his thinking on it numerous times. He is also not alone. Many others I look to for information and perspective on certain topics, like John Mosby, share a similar view. All of that said, I also understand Joe’s perspective, and as a Christian, it would be violating my principles to fail to intervene in a homicide. I completely understand the risks of getting involved in domestic situation, a triangle, situation involving drunk fools doing the monkey dance, etc. The best think you can do is avoid those situations by following Farnam’s rules about avoiding stupid people, places and things. The case is compelling to avoid them (and Greg has provided many specific examples to support this), but if a child is being harmed, or someone is being killed in your presence, it would be harder for me to live with the consequences of not acting than it would be to live those of trying to stop the harm. As PJ would say, “You do you” Daniel.

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