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Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self Defense (Book)

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By Charl Van Wyk

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What would you do if armed terrorists broke into your church and starting attacking your friends with automatic weapons in the middle of a worship service?

Would you be prepared to defend yourself and other innocents?

Would you be justified in doing so?

Is it time for Americans to consider such once-unthinkable possibilities?

There is one man in the world who can address these questions with firsthand experience.

His name is Charl Van Wyk ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å a South African who was faced with just such a shocking scenario.

In "Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense," Van Wyk makes a biblical, Christian case for individuals arming themselves with guns, and does so more persuasively than perhaps any other author because he found himself in a church attacked by terrorists.

"Grenades were exploding in flashes of light. Pews shattered under the blasts, sending splinters flying through the air," he recalls of the July 25, 1993, St. James Church Massacre. "An automatic assault rifle was being fired and was fast ripping the pews ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and whoever, whatever was in its trajectory ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å to pieces. We were being attacked!"

But Van Wyk was not defenseless that day. Had he been unarmed like the other congregants, the slaughter would have been much worse.

"Instinctively, I knelt down behind the bench in front of me and pulled out my .38 special snub-nosed revolver, which I always carried with me," he writes in "Shooting Back," a book published for the first time in America by WND Books. "I would have felt undressed without it. Many people could not understand why I would carry a firearm into a church service, but I argued that this was a particularly dangerous time in South Africa."

During that Sunday evening service, the terrorists, wielding AK-47s and grenades, killed 11 and wounded 58. But the fact is that one man ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Van Wyk ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å fired back, wounding one of the attackers and driving the others away.

Those killed that day were:

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Guy Cooper Javens

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Richard Oliver O'Kill

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Gerhard Dennis Harker

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Wesley Alfonso Harker

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Denise Gordon

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Mirtle Joan Smith

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Marita Ackerman

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Andrey Kayl

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Karamjin Oleg

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Varaksa Velentin

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Pavel Valuet

The last four were Russian seamen attending the service as part of a church outreach program. Another Russian seaman, Dmitri Makogon, lost both legs and an arm in the attack.

Using his personal and high-profile story as a launchpad, Van Wyk wrote "Shooting Back" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å which instantly became a South African bestseller, as well as a bestseller for WND, which imported thousands of copies of the original book for sale online to audiences in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time this book, previously published in South Africa, has been widely available in the U.S. and elsewhere.

"I am honored to be a part of this historic undertaking ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å the republishing of this classic work in the United States," said Joseph Farah, founder of WND Books and editor and chief executive officer of WND. "We have been working on this for more than three years. Now everyone can read this amazing and important story, which has applications in terror-stricken America and for Christians and Jews throughout the world."

Far from being just a reliving of the tragedy of the St. James Church Massacre, "Shooting Back" is a thorough examination of the whole issue of armed self-defense from a Christian perspective.

It deals with burning questions that plague all conscience-driven people:

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà Should we carry arms?

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà When is it appropriate to defend ourselves and our families?

ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà What can we do when our freedom to carry arms is legislated away from us?

Using the Bible as his guidepost, Van Wyk makes the case that Christians not only have the right but the duty to defend themselves and other innocents from such aggression.

What's the lesson?

ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«As Van WykÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs experience illustrates, no place is totally safe ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕ not even a church," explains Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who wrote the foreword to the book. "The notion that declaring an area to be gun-free, will keep criminals from maliciously using guns is ludicrous. Any law that makes self-defense illegal or impractical is an illegitimate law, because such a law ultimately subjects people to the criminal element. I hope that Charl Van WykÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs book will help turn the tide. South Africans ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and people everywhere ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å need to refuse to support any laws that leave them defenseless against murderers, robbers, rapists and arsonists."

But this amazing true story doesn't end there. It's also about redemption and reconciliation. Several of the church members who were injured or who lost family members in the attacks, as well as Van Wyk, later met with and forgave some of their repentant attackers.

Product Details
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàPaperback: 128 pages
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàPublisher: WND Books; 1st edition (January 30, 2007)
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàLanguage: English
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàISBN-10: 0979045118
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàISBN-13: 978-0979045110
ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´ÌàProduct Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches