Evil Exists, Denying It May Get You Killed


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Evil Exists, Denying It May Get You Killed

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- None of us want to think about it. We all want to live our lives with as little conflict as possible, and the simplest way to do that is to ignore the bad and focus on the good. It’s human nature to ignore the fact that evil is real. To do so though, puts us in denial and denial will get us killed.

That’s right. Denying what is happening, may very well get you killed.

How many times have you read a story about a terrible incident such as a shooting, a robbery, an accident, or anything else where evil rears its ugly head, only to hear the victim or survivor say, “This doesn’t happen here?” I’ve written about and talked about this for years. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “But this is such a nice community, these things don’t happen in my neighborhood,” etc. Let me remind you, yes bad things do happen, and they may very well happen to you. For years I have tried to convey the fact that evil exists and the first step in destroying it is to accept its existence.

It’s critical to your survival, in fact, it’s so vital that I want to get very personal, right here, right now.

I wrestled with this for weeks before I decided to make my family struggle public and after much deliberation and conversation, my wife and I felt it necessary in our efforts to raise awareness. Over the years I have pounded the fact that not only does evil exist, but it also takes many forms and visits its victims at a time and place of its choosing. Years of discussing it on air made the Armed American Radio microphone and studio the perfect place for the job of telling our story.

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Lessons from UNarmed America

You may or may not have heard the January 7th, 2018 Armed American Radio broadcast where I used my opening segment to candidly discuss the fact that evil, in the form of breast cancer, has chosen to visit my home.

As I asked my listeners last week on air, I’ll ask you on this page–what does this have to do with guns? Nothing, but it has everything, and I mean everything, to do with mindset, which in turn is a crucial component of successful self-defense from any attacker.

I believe that successful self-defense begins with accepting the fact that bad things do happen and that bad things can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime–including me…and you. I once wrote a column, (and it’s a chapter in my book, Lessons From Unarmed America, with Rob Pincus) titled, In the Blink of an Eye. That’s how fast it happens when you're the chosen victim. I know this from many years of talking to people who have survived deadly encounters, including myself over 15 years ago. We never get the luxury of knowing it’s approaching thus requiring us to act swiftly and forcefully when it arrives.

My wife never saw it coming. She had a routine mammogram earlier in the day, no big deal. Later that afternoon we were enjoying a beautiful fall day at our outdoor firepit when she received a call from the radiologist.

Your test is incomplete, we need to see you again tomorrow morning. We have an opening at ten,” said the recording. “Incomplete? No big deal. They didn’t get a good picture and need a do-over,” I told her. She made the appointment and enjoyed her glass of wine.

That next morning would lead to the worst weekend of our 20-plus years together. Scared, trembling and tearful, we held each other in a private waiting room after being told she needed at least three biopsies. We both understood that these doctors knew what they were looking at and why they requested those tests. Through her tears, my wife repeated, “This can’t be happening. This has got to be a nightmare. Please, God, I wanna wake up.” I wanted to believe it also. We both did, but we knew. Four days later–in the duration of a single one-minute phone call–my wife would become a cancer patient staring at dozens of tests, six chemotherapy treatments over the next eighteen weeks (of which she has just completed her fourth round, this week) and full-blown double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.

In the blink of an eye.

I take great pride in being the protector and defender of my home, my wife, and my children, but my gun is powerless against this attack. What has gotten us through this is our knowledge that she will be okay and that it's been caught early. We accepted, immediately, what was happening and are acting swiftly and harshly to defeat it NOW.

My message to you is the same as it always is. It doesn't matter if it's a violent encounter on the streets or cancer. If you accept TODAY that these things can happen to you, then you’ve taken the first step in defeating your attacker–in whatever form it chooses– when it happens to you.

Mindset. Get it and use it.

Ladies, please take action early. Get tested. This type of cancer is curable when caught early. Do. It. Now.

Mark Walters
Mark Walters

About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters.

He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

  • 18 thoughts on “Evil Exists, Denying It May Get You Killed

    1. Mark.

      Don’t know you and likely will never meet you and you’re wife but that didn’t stop me from asking the Good Lord to provide the healing and support you need to defeat this disease.

      Best wishes,


    2. And you know what else exists that will kill you if you go into denial? The idea that the radiation/chemo route is a cure, and not a scheme to make money for the hospitals that administer it. I feel for you, but the chemo route is only a roadmap to your/your families death. I can provide info:
      “Wherever data were uncertain, the authors deliberately erred on the side of over-estimating the benefit of chemotherapy. Even so, the study concluded that overall, chemotherapy contributes just over 2 percent to improved survival in cancer patients.”
      There is a great deal more, but that should be plenty to get started… IF one chooses to. No one can break out of any mental denial FOR another. It must come from the one affected. It is within their own head. Others can provide resources and help, but the overall desire for the real truth must come from within. It is, OFC, much easier to just continue on autopilot believing in whatever the TV medical ads tell you, but that course is fraught with perils.
      Whatever is decided, good luck to you, and Godspede.

        1. I chose the Middle English spelling for a reason. I wanted to convey the “To Prosper” part of the message. You might also note that I gave NO ADVICE, but merely provided resources. There IS a difference!

    3. For those of you that have not been touched so far consider yourself very lucky if you are over 65. Odds are we will have had a major life changing crises by that time. How we handle those times will dictate how we live for the rest of our lives. Some of us will get stronger, some of us will fall apart and some of us will just endure.

    4. yeah.
      the THUG cancer visited our home two years ago with my Wifes Breast cancer.
      but thank GOD she now has been cancer free since then.
      so we will PRAY for you folks as well, because we had a LOT of them for my wife.

    5. Mark Walters, you sure got that right. Some thug can change your life in a single moment and an illness such as cancer can change your life in the same time frame. You and your wife are in my prayers for a positive outcome and preservation of both of your nerves. I have been dealing with kidney/bladder cancer since 2010 and I am still able to get up in the morning and put both feet on the floor. A year age my wife was having trouble catching her breath so she went to the doctor and the end result of that was replacement of the Aorta Valve in her heart. In the same time frame I had a PET scan done and they found a large tumor in my colon. We decided a heart problem was more severe than a colon surgery. She is well and I am having some complications with my cancer because I can’t tolerate the chemo. I know Jesus is by my side and helping me. Stay positive and don’t give up, that goes for your wife also.

    6. Does anyone have Mark Walters email address or twitter address. I want to give him some information but Ammoland won’t print my post to him. Thanks for the sensor Ammoland.

    7. Having lost my wife of 35 years to breast cancer in 2013, I can attest to this devastation-And my wife was a tough Army wife with a combat seasoned Army son. I met her while shooting competitively-During her five years of treatment I maintained a positive supportive attitude-only to see her slip into death-helplessly bedridden. After the fact our daughter has been tested-and she is healthy.
      As a retired Infantry Officer and NRA instructor I am routinely armed-But my life failure was my inability to defend my wife from this threat-Spending remaining years second guessing an irreversible outcome-

    8. You are in my prayers, Mark. I have been battling cancer since 2010. Last fall my wife went to her doctor because she was having a hard time catching her breath and we thought they would put her on some pills. During that same time I had a scheduled PET scan and they found a new cancer in my colon. We weighed the two problems and decided her open heart surgery was more critical than my colon. We both came through our surgeries but I am still dealing with the cancer.
      I am telling you this for one reason and I am not making lite of your wife’s situation, but if you look around there is always someone that has worse health problems. I rely on the number one healer in the world, Jesus Christ, to get me through all this.

    9. Mark, good luck man. My wife of 50 years and I wish your wife well and you’re in our prayers. The same thing happened to us. My wife got her 4th chemotherapy session this past Tuesday. When they told her she needed to be aggressive with the cancer, and have a good support system, we got going. I had a nurse print out a microscope photo of a breast cancer cell for us, made a few dozen copies, and took them to my local range, where I’m a member. The response was amazing. So far about 40 folks (most of whom we didn’t know before) have shot up that cancer cell and written her a supportive note, and one RO sent copies to his machine-gun platoon now back at Camp Lejeune to smoke some more targets for her. She said she’s not really a “pink ribbon kind of lady” but thinks a REAL support system is a bunch of guys with guns who have your back. She refused to wear the usual pink hats and do-rags when her hair fell out, but her head gets cold, so she went along with wearing a pink ribbon, but only because it’s tied around the tail of her new “genuine Davy Crockett coonskin cap” (from Bass Pro). She says to look on the bright side- now she doesn’t have to shave her legs til her hair starts to grow back. I recommend the target thing as a BIG morale booster. The one I made says, “Kill a cancer for Mel” ( my wife’s name is Melody), at the top, and “Write her a note of support” below the cell photo. It’s on regular letter size paper, so folks just tape it over their regular target. Some of her notes have been very poignant. One from a first time shooter, a girl in her early’20s, said it was the most significant thing she’s done in years, and totally changed what she expected from shooters. Another (one of the range staff) said he had survived brain cancer twice and to never give up. Now I just need to figure out how to get somebody to make a “real” target like this. Given the huge positive response we got, maybe the Cancer Society could market them to raise funds or something. Anyway, best wishes to you and your wife, and tell her Churchill was right- never give up or give in, never, never, never.

    10. Greetings!
      “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus“
      Prayers from all, that You and Your family will find comfort and healing, during this “troublesome” time.
      God Bless.

    11. Mark,
      Best wishes and hopes for all in your family. Thank you for all the insightful articles you have shared. I went through the same type of situation when my wife needed brain surgery. She had to learn how to talk and walk again. Ten years later she leads a normal life. The worst thing about the situation you and your wife face is that even if she fully recovers, both of you will tend to think about it every time she has an ache or pain. Just telling you this so that you realize that it is a normal reaction. I had a heart attack in 1996, and I have never had a day since that I don’t have something happen that reminds me about it. Hang in there.

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