When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Epistle of St. James, Chapter 3, Verses 3-8, New International Version
Thinking more about this post from last week, I am constantly, incessantly and continually amazed at how many of my fellow gun owners live in a fantasy world where what they say in person and online will never, ever, affect what will happen to them if they have to use lethal force to defend their lives.
We wouldn’t hand half the ammunition in our gun over to our opponent before we started a gun fight, so why, then do we hand out ammunition to the prosecution, our opponent in a legal fight, with online statements like “I won’t get in trouble for brandishing, I’ll just shoot them instead” or “They should thank me for shooting that felon, not arrest me”?
And let’s not even START with “Keep honking, I’m reloading!” bumper stickers.