The Sheepdog's Prayer

This is a discussion on The Sheepdog's Prayer within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was inspired to write this prayer after learning about Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's concept of "Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs". The Sheepdog’s Prayer The Knights ...

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    The Sheepdog's Prayer

    I was inspired to write this prayer after learning about Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's concept of "Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs".

    The Sheepdog’s Prayer

    The Knights of Olde were Men of Honor
    Who used their Might For Right!
    Today they’re known as Sheepdogs,
    Those who carry on the fight.

    I am a tired old Sheepdog,
    The guardian of my flock.
    I keep the predators at bay
    And stand watch around the clock.

    Please stop the Sheep from pulling my teeth.
    I’ll need them for the fight,
    When the hungry Wolves come calling
    Some dark and deadly night.

    I pray I'll never need my gun,
    But someday if I do,
    May my cause be just!
    My draw be quick!
    And my aim be ever true!

    Heaven holds a special place
    For those who do the deed,
    Defenders of the innocent
    In their hour of need.

    May the Sheep someday be grateful.
    There’s a debt they can not pay
    To the Sheepdogs who lay it on the line
    Each and every day.

    I am proud to be a Sheepdog.
    I've done my very best.
    I'll stand my watch until my Maker
    Calls me home to rest.

    But when I meet St. Peter
    There's just one request I’ll make,
    “Please let me spend Eternity
    Standing guard at Heaven's Gate”.

    Lord, help us bring this ''Age of Sheep''
    To a rapid end.
    Then fill this land with Sheepdogs,
    Men of Honor, once again.

    This prayer is dedicated
    To those who bravely face,
    The dangers all around us,
    To make our world a safer place.

    To the soldiers, cops and warriors-
    Sheepdogs through and through.
    Thank you for your service
    And your sacrifices too.
    Amen

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    Well done! This one will get some legs.
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    About sums it up!
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    Can I get that engraved on a CCW Badge? :)
    Last edited by lordhamster; February 7th, 2011 at 11:36 AM.

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    Now thats awesome. Really enjoyed reading that....

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    Well done!
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    sums it up, well put meaning.....wonder if that would fit on my forearm,haha

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    This is simply too lame for words. It's one thing if it's on a Hallmark card for an infrantryman or even a cop. What does this have to do with concealed carry?

    Carrying a concealed firearm makes you like "Knights of Olde"? I suppose the "e" at the end of old makes it seem more - ummm - old? Or is that olde?

    Heaven holds a special place for those who do the deed? What "deed" would that be? Toting around a Roscoe, or shooting and killing a "bad guy" in self defense?

    I did like Lord Hamster's response: get it engraved on your ccw badge, Batman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMac View Post
    This is simply too lame for words. It's one thing if it's on a Hallmark card for an infrantryman or even a cop. What does this have to do with concealed carry?

    Carrying a concealed firearm makes you like "Knights of Olde"? I suppose the "e" at the end of old makes it seem more - ummm - old? Or is that olde?

    Heaven holds a special place for those who do the deed? What "deed" would that be? Toting around a Roscoe, or shooting and killing a "bad guy" in self defense?

    I did like Lord Hamster's response: get it engraved on your ccw badge, Batman.
    That is lame and falls into the category of CCW Badges. I can't see any priest or pastor reciting this from the pulpit.

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    This prayer is dedicated
    To those who bravely face,
    The dangers all around us,
    To make our world a safer place.

    To the soldiers, cops and warriors-
    through and through.
    Thank you for your service
    And your sacrifices too.
    Amen

    Fix it , Took out sheepdog ; ) PS This belongs in Leo & Military Forum JMO & Great Prayer OP
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    i'm just a guy with a CCW. i'm not free lance law enforcement, i'm not a deputy, or a marshal from the old west. i carry so that me and my family have the option of last resort if, god forbid, i or my family become the target of a violent criminal.

    i carry because it is my right and i don't have a personal 24x7 LEO or bodyguard who spent years training to be such, following me and mine.

    i carry because human history has shown that we don't live in a utopian society where violence is never committed on our fellow man by our fellow man.

    i don't carry so that i can pretend that i'm some sort of LEO or that i'm protecting the "sheep" because depending on the context, we're all sheep.

    i find calling people who don't carry or subscribe to a more "liberal" philosophy as "sheep" to be demeaning to them and to myself. i'm a believer that we're all subject to our own choices and, as long as your choice doesn't impinge on my rights, i respect your right to make different choices than i do. i respect your right to have different opinions without me giving you a derogatory label or calling you a name. because in some other area or aspect of life, i may be the ignorant one and the choices i make, based on my ignorance, make me a "sheep".

    just my humble opinion, YMMV.

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    ...and Grossman is a blowhard.

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    I do not understand why people are giving the OP a hard time here. It would appear that this "prayer" is directed towards LE and military. So if you are neither one it does not apply to you. Do not get butt hurt and talk crap just move on. Come on people just because your not LE or Military does not reduce this to the level of CCW badges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMac View Post
    ...and Grossman is a blowhard.
    Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman is an author who has specialized in the study of the psychology of killing, which has been termed 'killology'.

    In February 1998[1] LTC Grossman retired from the military as Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University. His career includes service in the US Army as a sergeant in the US 82nd Airborne Division, a platoon leader in the 9th Division, a general staff officer, a company commander in the 7th (Light) Infantry Division as well as a parachute infantryman, a US Army Ranger and a teacher of psychology at West Point.

    LTC Grossman's first book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society is an analysis of the physiological processes involved with killing another human being. In it, he reveals evidence that most people have a phobic-level response to violence, and that soldiers need to be specifically trained to kill. In addition, he details the physical effects that violent stresses produce on humans, ranging from tunnel vision, changes in sonic perception, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    LTC Grossman argues that the techniques used by armies to train soldiers to kill are mirrored in certain types of video games. The conclusion he draws is that playing violent video games, particularly Light gun shooters of the First-person shooter-variety (where the player holds a weapon-like game controller), train children in the use of weapons and, more importantly, harden them emotionally to the task of murder by simulating the killing of hundreds or thousands of opponents in a single typical video game.

    His second book, On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace, is an extension of the first, intended to provide coping strategies for dealing with the physiological and psychological effects of violence for people forced to kill in their line of work (soldiers and police officers).

    LTC Grossman uses blunt language that draws the ire of gamers - during the heights of video game controversy, he was interviewed on the content of his books, and repeatedly used the term "murder simulator" to describe first-person shooter games.

    Since his retirement from the Army, LTC Grossman has founded the Killology Research Group and continues to educate law enforcement officers and soldiers in the techniques he has studied for improving outcomes in lethal encounters. He also speaks at civilian events on ways to reduce violence in society and deal with the aftermath of violent events such as school shootings.

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    Let's see how your resume stacks up Mac and see who the real blowhard is ?
    "Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer".

    "A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves".

    http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

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    Dear Lord, I am just a concealed carrier
    And am longing for the day
    When I can pull my gun out
    And blow someone away

    I make sure I have new ammo
    And plenty of rounds in clips
    So I can be the one to fire
    If some scumbag even slips

    When I go to the mall I always ensure
    I am carrying my big gun
    I don’t need to buy anything
    I just go to have some fun

    I always have a backup
    And backup for that, too
    I need to ensure I can participate
    If a gunfight breaks out anew

    I bought myself a shiny badge
    That makes everyone just jealous
    It says I have a CHP
    And crooks now know I’m zealous

    to keep my streets free from crime
    and other assorted woes
    but sadly the only thing I got to shoot
    was one of my ten toes.

    So now with nine, I walk my route
    At restaurants, malls, and stores
    I wear my gun everywhere
    At work, at fun, with chores…

    I’ve waved my gun at street bums
    Who walked nearby my car,
    I ensure I always have it,
    When I go out to a bar

    Guys see my badge at beltline
    And ask about my gun
    I whip it out for show-and-tell
    And tell them to get one

    When Heaven’s bounty finally comes
    Oh, what a special day!
    When I finally get to use my gun
    And blow someone away.

    Then no one will ever be
    The one to pick on me
    And I can prove my manliness
    For any and all to see

    The mayor and judge will laud me
    The jury will stand and cheer
    When they see me and my shiny gun
    And know that I was near

    When the dirt bag threatened the Girl Scout troop,
    And profanely used God’s name
    I was the chosen instrument
    To defend the sick, the weak, and lame

    I will finally get my just reward
    And get the keys to my town
    And I’ll be able to finally get back
    At school bullies who used to put me down.
    Last edited by MadMac; February 7th, 2011 at 04:36 PM.

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