Friday, November 20, 2015

State Rep. Lee Chatfield: 5 Lessons From Paris

State Rep. Lee Chatfield

By Brandon Hall
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State Rep. Lee Chatfield took to Facebook this week to offer his analysis of the terror attack in Paris and what our response should be, offering 5 observations about the situation.

Below is Chatfield's post:

"After a couple days to reflect on the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and pray for the victims and families affected, here are my thoughts and lessons that I believe we need to learn and realize.

1. The United States (and the world for that matter) truly is at war with radical Islamic terrorists, and until the Commander in Chief of the American armed forces realizes that, we remain gravely impaired in our attempt to defeat them.

2. Securing our borders and enforcing our existing immigration laws is a vital aspect of maintaining our national security, and until our borders are secure, ISIS poses a serious threat even on American soil.

3. The constitutional right to keep and bear arms must never be replaced or infringed upon. These attacks, though impossible to have been completely avoided, could have been stifled had civilians been armed.

4. I applaud Governor Snyder for retracting from his initial enthusiasm for Michigan being host to Syrian refugees. I do not believe that a large influx of refugees into our state would have been wise or safe, and this attack (one terrorist was a Syrian refugee) serves as another reminder.

5. Evil will always exist on this earth until Christ returns, and rather than hoping to contain this growing terrorist threat, we must be proactive in destroying them now. An essential piece of this directive is ensuring that Israel remains militarily (and economically) strong in the Middle East and that we are actively and adequately supporting them.

An essential role of government, as stated in our country's preamble to the Constitution, is to "ensure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense." This means securing our borders, providing for the defense of our nation and bringing to justice those that break our laws. I strongly recommend that we begin taking these duties more seriously.

God bless America, and let's keep praying for the recovery of Paris and those affected by the recent tragedies."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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