Evil Men Kill, Not Guns: The Story of Reuben Samuel

January 26, 2013 at 4:00 am / by

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On August 4, 1911, Reuben Samuel Collins and his 13-year-old son Orea Collins (also known as “E” Collins) were constructing a fence on the elder Collins’ property.  He had been having a problem with the cattle from a neighboring farm coming onto his property and eating his crops so in an attempt to encourage the neighbor to confine his cattle, Reuben Samuel gave his neighbor a milk cow.

Some say August 1911 was particularly hot and of course farmers in those days had little or no means of escaping the cruel temperatures—often causing people’s tempers to flare.  The Old Farmers Almanac lists the traditional period called the “Dog Days of Summer” as 40 days beginning on July 3rd and ending on August 11th and some believe this period to be an evil time.

On this August day, while Reuben Samuel and his son “E” worked on his fence, the neighbor and his son came into the field and shot at Reuben Samuel with his rifle.  He missed, and when his next shot jammed the neighbor yelled for his son to shoot, which the young man did.  Reuben Samuel was shot in the neck and as he lay bleeding on the ground, his son held his father in his arms until he passed.  Both of the neighbors were sentenced to prison, which was of little consolation to E, the son of Reuben Samuel.

E Collins became an orphan on that hot summer day.  Two August’s prior he had watched his mother, Annie Collins, burn to death. She was washing clothes in a kettle over a fire that had nearly gone out when she took a container that she believed to contain kerosene and poured it onto the coals.  The can exploded and set her on fire.  She was running around the yard screaming and E, her son, told her to run to the creek.  At 11 years old, E didn’t know he should direct his mother to “stop, drop and roll”.  He ran to the creek with his mother and saw her flesh floating to the surface of the water.  The pain was so great and her screams were so loud and horrifying that 11-year-old E left the house that night; he held his hands over his ears trying to block out her painful screams.  She lived just 12 hours.

E grew up and married and got a farm of his own.  He had livestock, horses, an old mule, and various other animals.  He grew vegetables, tobacco, soybeans and other crops.  His farmhouse didn’t have hot water or a bathroom until he was nearly 70 and, by that time, both he and the house were too “old and broken down” to care.  But one thing that E always kept stocked in that old house—and in his truck–were guns.  Plenty of them.  There was always a shotgun sitting in the corner of the living room and others in his bedroom.  His wife, Hazie, knew how to shoot and did so on a number of occasions, usually to kill a snake.  But don’t think for a minute Hazie would have feared using a gun to protect herself or her family against any predator.  There were children in the house always–their children, neighborhood children, and later grandchildren. Every one of those children knew not to ever touch a gun without permission from an adult family member, and none of the children ever did.   Did E live with fear?  No, he was determined to be able to defend himself and his family.  Perhaps he always wondered had he or his father had a gun on August 4, 1911, if the outcome may have been very different and perhaps he could have saved his father’s life.

E fathered two sons and one daughter but yet another August—this time in 1955–once again brought tragedy to his life.  His eldest son Delbert was killed in a single vehicle accident in rural Kentucky.   Fortunately E’s other son and daughter are still alive today and they still reside Kentucky, not too far from the old farm.  They, too, always had a few guns around and seldom left home without one.

I’ve heard the story of Reuben Samuel, Annie, and E Collins many times over the years.   You see, Reuben Samuel and Annie were my great -grandparents, and E was my grandfather who lived until I was 19.  I remember squirrel hunting with him and helping him hoe the fields with his old mule.  I remember bathing in galvanized tubs at the farm because there was no running hot water and the trips to the outhouse.  I also remember the shotgun in the corner, the one I was taught to respect as well as the pistol he kept in his truck.  When I was told the story of how my grandfather Reuben Samuels was murdered it was never about a gun–it was always about the evil men who used guns to kill him.  It would have been the same had they used a knife, machete, a hammer or some other instrument often found on a farm.  The truth, as all Conservatives know, is that guns don’t kill people–people kill people.

We can’t allow this President or this government to take away our right to own a gun.  It is first and foremost our greatest defense against a tyrannical government and evil men who seek to do us harm.

Statistics prove that where the strictest gun regulations and laws exist, there is the most crime.  As the saying goes, “When you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”  Let’s stop this gun control nonsense and instead get to the root of the real problem. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Let’s start putting the blame where it belongs:  on people.  Let’s start making people accountable for their evil actions.  Let’s start teaching our children to respect life and God’s Guidebook for how to live our lives.  Only then will evil men’s hearts be changed to think twice about taking a human life.

Collins, Reuben Samuel

Kentucky #20668

Male, White, Widowed

Born: December 9, 1854, Kentucky

Died:  August 4, 1911, Grant County, Kentucky

Age at Death: 56 years, 7 months, 26 days

Cause of Death:  Bullet Wound in Neck – Murdered

Attending Physician: J. L. Vallandingham, Mt. Zion, Kentucky

Father: F. R. Collins, born Kentucky

Mother: Sarah Webster, born Kentucky

Informant: W. S. Collins, Elliston, Kentucky

Buried: Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky, August 6, 1911

Undertaker:  J. B. Sanders, Dry Ridge, Kentucky.


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  1. Rich Knoch says:

    Brenda . . . . a sad story, but a story of America.

    Our Grandparents and those before, thrived in that tough world.

    Does America still maintain the character and perseverance to survive the elected and appointed “thieves of the Inner Belt”?

    From an old Vietnam Vet . . . . Thank your husband for his service to America!

    • skyhawk says:

      I grew up with guns. Bought my own before I was a teenager. Enlisted in the Army 2 months after my 16th birthday. Three months later I was a Military Policeman packing a .45. On the range when they tried to position me in a strained, uncomfortable positioin I would wait until they moved on and then change to my original position and never scored less than sharpshooter with anything. After 10 years the next 10 was in Electronics. Lived with weapons. Slept with them. Never saw one do anything other than what it was told to do. The only place that guns kill somebody is in a brain dead liberal’s vacant space between their ears.

    • Brenda says:

      Rich, Thank you so much for your comments :) And yes, I do believe America still has enough patriots with character, strength and the perseverance to overcome the evil we are facing. If each of us do something we can take our country back from those thieves!

  2. Stealth says:

    Fantastic story…heart-warming and true…. I wholeheartedly implore people to realize that IF they allow the 2nd amendment to die… OR stupidly ‘turn in their firearms’ ( despite ANY threats! )…they and this country are doomed!

  3. Arizona_Don says:

    Born in 1939, and raised on a farm I never saw the violence related here. However, considerable hardships were everywhere in the early 1900′s. my father had a brother who burned in a fire in 1911 however, it seems fires were more common then, then now. Times were much harder then. As a matter of fact we never had electricity or running water until I was 16. The 20 or so cows we had we milked by hand twice daily. They were our life blood and only source of regular income. Raised in the country where your closest neighbor is a mile away, we always had guns in the household. However, times were so different then we mostly trusted folks. No one locked their doors and later on when we had a car no one ever took the keys out of it.

    I look upon those days with mixed emotions now. Times were hard but actually better then now or maybe more innocent is more the word. People seemed to be more realistic then. Neighbor helped neighbor consequently it was easy to trust everybody. Reuben Samuel Collins was no doubt just as trusting and an evil man killed him because of it. Such things did happen, even then. However, if there is one thing that is clear here in this story, guns will no doubt always be needed to protect ourselves against the evil men whether in local neighborhoods or government. Without a means of self defense we are all vulnerable to evil intentions. That may be more true now then any time outside of either the revolutionary war and civil war. Just as it is possible to avoid war or armed conflict as a nation by remaining strong it is also easier to remain unmolested by having guns available. Bullies rarely pick fights when there is a chance they will lose.

    • Lee W says:

      Did you grow up in Arizona? Your story reminds me of a lot of places I knew as a child. My dad worked for the old Arizona Power Company, and I remember driving down the highway and seeing a light, most likely a single drop-cord with a bulb, far off the road. We had an outdoor toilet and took baths in a large galvanized tub ourselves after WWII because we couldn’t get either plumbing or fixtures. Somehow, I miss those days–didn’t even mind the water bucket–although I didn’t like going to the outhouse after dark, because I was afraid of the dark.
      But, your story reminds me of times I really miss about Arizona–before the retirees invaded!

    • Brenda says:

      Thank you Don. I appreciate your comments and memories of days gone by. In many ways those days were more innocent, and today we have to keep up the fight against those bullies. We must get people to Washington who will return us to the belief that there is “peace through strength!”

  4. Thank you for sharing the story. How dare our government try to disarm us and leave us at the mercy of the evil in the world.We have to have a clear understanding that anyone who would try to disarm the citizens of our country or any country is our enemy.

  5. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt and tragic story. We have to recognize and start to treat anyone who would disarm the citizens of our country, to make us defenseless against the evil in the world,as our enemy.

  6. Lynda Phelps says:

    what a story. thank you.

  7. linda says:

    So sorry about your Great Granfather,Brenda….Im sure he is waching you!!
    Its is *evil… that is attacking R Second Ammendment. This assault ..we must prevail .Its the only way to keep a lid on evil.Otherwise we are lost.

  8. seresmary says:

    Wow, someone should make a copy of this and send it to Feinstein, although she probably wouldn’t read it, she thinks she knows everything and is above the rest of us. You would think that Feinstein being a Jewish lady and knowing what happened in Russia to the Jews, and what happened in Germany to the Jews she could see this as a way to exterminate the Jewish population. The government takes away the guns, Eugenics with abortion and euthanasia, and the round up without resistance she could see the writing on the wall, but I guess she isn’t really that smart, either that or Alzheimer’s has set in. MARY711

    • Clint says:

      I love and respect the Jewish people as a whole. My savior and Lord is a Jew. I have discovered, however, that there some in the Jewish who seem to have a death wish. They always seem to lean to those who want to ban guns, never learning the lessons of history. I will pray for them to smart up and see the reality in which we live. In the meantime I will keep my guns thank you. If I give up my guns then I am at someone else mercy. No thanks, I will keep my guns simply because mama didn’t raise no fool.

      • seresmary says:

        Amen, I agree…… mary711

      • keepersleeper says:

        I know a Jewish woman who is VERY liberal and for the life of me, I just can’t understand it. I wonder if remembrance of the Holocaust is slowly fading…

        • Clint says:

          I have been told by a Messianic Jewish evangelist that many of the Jews in Israel have become so liberal in their thinking that they don’t seem to understand that there is a real and vast difference in good and evil. I know that sounds strange, but that kind of liberalism that does not recognize the existance of God sees life, as life, as life, etc, no good and no evil. They seem to be living for today. Forget yesterday, and tomorrow doesn’t count. Live for to day. Through the messianic ministries attitudes are changing slowly but increasing in frequency.

        • Brenda says:

          @keepersleeper, and sadly some have bought into the myth that the holocaust never actually happened. Astonishing.

    • Mitch Reed says:

      No offence taken by your comments seresmary, but I am a Jew…AND DIANE FEINSTEIN IS NOT! While Ms. Feinstein is married to a Jewish man, she was not born Jewish, nor to my knowledge did she convert to our faith. So while this Senator maybe aware of the history of her husband’s people, it’s not embedded into her psyche as it is mine let’s say.

      From my Jewish perspective, I understand what ‘Evil’ people can do with not only guns, but with Zyklon B gas and ovens, I should know, many in my Mother’s paternal family were wiped out by the Nazis. In fact, one of my Uncles had to put his entire family into one of those ovens to burn in Auschwitz’s crematorium…so I think I understand what evil people can do…people are required to dump the gas crystals down a vent in the roof…as it’s not the Zykon B itself!

      The left seem hellbent of taking away our rights to bear arms when it is the person…and not the weapon, that pulls the trigger to ‘execute’ the violent act, as opposed to a weapon used for ‘defensive’ or other purposes.

      What I really resent about some of my ‘left’ friends on this issue, is that they believe guns themselves are the problem, so they want to force their beliefs on others who don’t share their position…and for good reason as that position is wrong and short-sighted besides, as my example below will easily demonstrate.

      Say, when was the last time you ever saw a gun fire itself, save for the oddest of malfunctions? Of course you haven’t…it’s an inanimate object so it requires an ‘operator’ to intentionally function. SO IT TAKES A ‘LIVE PERSON’ MAKING A DECISION TO TURN THAT WEAPON INTO AN INSTRUMENT OF MURDER OR INSANITY. And here’s a real ‘stunner’ for those on the left…cars probably killed more Americans than guns from 1903 – 1970, so will we then see the ‘left’ demand that everyone surrender their car and ride a bus now, so that can never happen in the future again?

      When a family of four are killed by a Corvette at driven at high speed, by a drunk driver, I suppose that taking all of the Corvettes off of the road will stop people from being killed by Corvettes? We would prosecute GM just for building it in the first place…right? Oh, wait a minute…someone had to be driving the car and behind the wheel (or did someone just say ‘trigger’) in order to kill the family…right?

      The Colorado massacre, as painful and unfortunate as it is, is no reason to ban a plethora of weapons that normally are used for ‘saving’ lives…not taking them, or, not to mention keeping a rural family fed…or defending themselves or their property…case closed!

      Mitch Steinberg

      Huntington Harbour, CA

      • seresmary says:

        Sorry Mitch, I thought she was Jewish (she’s just stupid), and I am also sorry for the loss of your relatives as well. It was and is a tragedy that this ever happened in human history. During that time the Nazi party was heavy here in the U..S as well and it should never have been. I went to the Jewish ghetto in Hungary when I was there with my husband and it is extremely sad to see how they blocked the Jewish people off from the rest of the city during WWII. My husband who was a little boy then saw the trains going north and people dropping slips of paper out of the box cars hopeing that someone would pick up their notes and deliver them. His family lived right next to the railroad tracks. We never seem to learn from history and why I don’t know, how much suffering and tragedy we could avoid. But I agree with you guns are not the problem, it is those who have their hands on the trigger but we don’t want to face that issue. Eric Holder can send weapons across the border without any accountability but the 2nd Amendment was written to protect us from a tyrannical government that seems to be looming in Washington D.C. everyday which is quite evident when you have an Apellate Court saying that our President broke the law and violated the Constitution in his appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. Mary711

      • keepersleeper says:

        I wish I could sit and talk with someone who actually experienced the Holocaust…the history of the Jewish people has fascinated me since childhood and I could never understand why so many Jews in America are so liberal. Isn’t that what killed so many millions in WWII?

    • Brenda says:

      @seresmary, Thank you for reading my article. America’s liberal politicians like Feinstein keep trying to do here what has failed all over the world. Unbelievable really.

  9. Lee W says:

    Thank you for this story! It is not only a story about guns, and evil people, it is history of our nation. Love to read stories of real Americans and their everyday lives.

  10. Lee W says:

    Brenda, thank you for this wonderful story! Should have known you were from Kentucky, though. The strength and determination of all Kentuckians shows through your work and your words. Also, thank you for your service with the Wounded Warrior Project–my husband was a wounded warrior of the Korean Conflict, and died of his wounds.
    Also, Hey from Cadiz, Kentucky!

  11. caskinner says:

    Tragic events do shape a persons beliefs and actions. Thanks for sharing your history. I wish your great grandfather would have been able to defend himself against evil men.

  12. keepersleeper says:

    Count Me In! Gun ownership levels the playing field for all the good, honest, law-abiding people. Make it a family calling: Buy a gun and learn to use/handle it properly.

  13. Lainie Sloane, CA PolitiChick says:

    Great heart-warming study, Brenda. Captivating!

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