Unannounced and unexpected, the ghastly invades our quiet reality.

On a January day in 2007 Channon and Chris went for a drive to visit friends.

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They could not know that it was the last day of their lives.

The next day, the mutilated and burned remains of Chris Newsom were found along a railroad track. Two days later, Channon’s mutilated body was recovered from a trash bin.

If you believed before today that you were well educated in the evil that men do, here is another lesson.

They were taken to a nearby house, brutally gang-raped, mutilated and then murdered. They were subjected to lengthy torture in each other’s presence.

Newsom was raped, his genitals were cut off, and then he was taken to the railroad tracks where he was shot execution-style. The perpetrators soaked his body with an accelerant and burned his body.

Christian was kept alive for a while longer, repeatedly raped, mutilated, had cleaning solution poured down her throat in an attempt to destroy DNA evidence, and then stuffed inside a trash can where she suffocated to death.

Is that enough to qualify as a “hate crime”? If not, then what was missing to make it so?

Here are the beasts. I would hope that the State of Tennessee still uses the electric chair.

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Of course the national media ignored this horror. After all, they would never allow anything to challenge their delusion that says that racism exists only in white folk. And now, with a black fellow—actually, a mulatto—in the White House we can safely say that this case will disappear down their memory hole. Soon the only evidence that it ever occurred will be in the cemetery down the road from the homes of the parents of Chris and Channon.

But there is another lesson here outside of the idiocy of our media, and it has nothing to do with race. It is this: Had either Chris or Channon carried a gun, they would both be alive today.

Do not expect any agent of the State to save you, no matter how humane or efficient or dedicated he is. At best he can only arrive in time to place your corpse—or what is left of it—into a body bag. The responsibility for maintaining your life in the face of barbarism is in your hands and only in your hands.

Fathers and mothers, protect your children by teaching them the art of an armed self-defense. If you yourselves are unacquainted with it, learn it and pass it on. Trust not in any government, trust in God and in Smith and Wesson.

Hat tip: The Gunslinger