In the days after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Americans struggled to grasp and cope with the absolute horror associated with the shooting deaths of 17 American children and teachers. But what we did not immediately know was going to make it much, much worse.
In a quiet statement released the next day, the Broward Sheriff admitted that the armed school resource officer was present and should have engaged the shooter. But he did not engage the shooter; in fact, he actively hid from the shooter, joined later by other Broward deputies who ALSO remained outside and hid from the shooter. The first officers to engage the killer were from a nearby department.
Many Americans, men mostly, wondered aloud in the coming days what we, as individuals, would have done. Would we have summoned the courage to run toward the gunfire and engage an unknown shooter with an unknown weapon at the risk of our own life? If that rare moment ever came to fruition, would we summon our courage in defense of life and liberty? For every man, the answer was likely different, but what can be almost universally agreed-upon is that if we didn’t, it would be something we’d regret for the rest of our lives.
The people of the UK are facing that decision point in this very moment. Young Alfie Evans is dying at the hands of the National Health Service and doctors and officials within Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. What the people lack in firepower, they can make up for with numbers, and numbers they should gather. As an American to my big sister nation, Britain, you can trust us on one thing; the regret you’ll cope with if you do nothing will be unbearable. You will know that Alfie Evans died of suffocation or starvation or both, while you stood outside and hid.
On 9/11, a handful of American patriots gathered up whatever supplies they could muster, said goodbye to their families, and charged the cockpit of United Flight 93 in defense of life and liberty. This moment is your United Flight 93. Be brave. Be courageous. Rise up.
History is littered with stories of brave citizens arriving at a moment where tyranny is no longer tolerable. The story of Alfie Evans, is in fact a story about tyranny. Much has been said and written about this being the most serious of pitfalls within socialized medicine, and it is. But it’s also much more than that. It’s about a state asserting its full and unquestionable control over your lives and your children’s lives. The state deciding who merits living, and who does not. The state deciding how much you’ll pay in tax and what benefit you’ll derive from it. The state deciding which thoughts are allowed to be had, and which are not.
Gather. Act. Get Alfie to that Italian jet before it is too late, or live with that regret for the remainder of your lives, however long the state decides that will be.
Long live The Republic.
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