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Here’s the Story about the Texas Church Shooting Gun Control Advocates Don’t Want You to Hear

The Organic Prepper

By now, everyone has heard about the horrific shooting yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which a man dressed in tactical gear entered the First Baptist Church and opened fire. 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured.

Of course, the tears were still wet on people’s cheeks when the anti-gun folks began screaming for gun control. Chelsea Handler, struggling to be relevant, made this ignorant Tweet:  

If the pro-gun control people want to blame someone besides the man in there pulling the trigger, the man who illegally got a weapon, maybe they should look in the mirror. Maybe they should consider their own complicity in making guns more difficult for law-abiding citizens to carry. Maybe they should look at their part in this war on guns and gun owners. Perhaps their derision played a part in seeing to it that no one in that church had the means to stop that killer.

If these folks had their way, none of us would be allowed to be armed…except, of course, the criminals who wouldn’t follow the laws anyway. The New York Times published an op-ed solemnly titled, “It’s Not Too Soon to Debate Gun Control” immediately on the heels of the shooting. Okay. If that’s what you want, then here’s my side of the debate. And it’s based on facts, not on emotional rhetoric.

Let’s be honest. The person to blame for this tragedy was the shooter.

Devin Patrick Kelley got his gun illegally.

It’s essential to note that the shooter was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and child, and due to this, it is illegal for him to have a gun.

Huh. What a shock. A criminal who broke the law (by lying on his background check) and got a gun.

Let me just emphasize that the shooter circumvented our existing gun laws and got a gun anyway.

Because people who are going to commit a crime like shooting 46 people do not worry about silly things like lying on a background check.

A good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun.

What the gun-control people are missing is that it was a neighbor with a gun who ended this cowardly attack on unarmed churchgoers. This is the part of the story that gun control advocates don’t want you to hear. It’s the part that they conveniently ignore while screaming that guns are the problem.

If it hadn’t been for two brave men and judicious marksmanship, Kelley’s killing spree could have continued. There could be more dead bodies in Sutherland Springs, Texas this morning.

Because the police didn’t show up until this situation was long over.

Here’s the part of the story we SHOULD be talking about.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, church neighbor Stephen Willeford “grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.” Willeford was alerted by his daughter, who called him and said that a man in body armor was shooting people in the church.

He grabbed his gun and bravely headed down to confront the killer.

The local said that while Willeford has no military experience, he is an excellent shot, and when he came face to face with Kelley, he didn’t hesitate; he shot in between Kelley’s body armor, hitting him in his side.

The 26-year-old had dropped his Ruger assault rifle and climbed in an SUV to flee the scene.

He said that Kelley had taken a hostage in the passenger seat as he fled. (source)

What would have happened if Willeford hadn’t taken action?

Authorities said the armed neighbor may have saved countless lives by opening fire on Kelley and forcing him to flee the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs during his 11:30 a.m. massacre. (source)

Another report said that Kelley had “several guns” in his SUV. What was Kelley planning to do once he left the church? We’ll never know because of two brave men.

The story didn’t end there in the church parking lot, though.

Another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, happened to drive through the intersection when Willeford and Kelley were exchanging gunfire. He knew Willeford, he picked him up, and the two men pursued the shooter.

“The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, the other gentleman came and said we need to pursue him. And that’s what I did…

He got a little bit of a jump on us. We were doing about 95 (mph) down (Route) 539 going around traffic and everything. Eventually he came to a kind of a slowdown and after that we got within just a few feet of him and then he got off the road.

He just lost control. That is when I put the vehicle in park and I was still on the phone to dispatch (police). The other gentleman jumped out and has his rifle drawn on him. He didn’t move after that.”

Police arrived within five to seven minutes to the location where the shooter stopped. (source)

Let me repeat, it took police FIVE TO SEVEN MINUTES to get to the location where the shooter stopped. This was after the two men had chased him for a distance and after a man engaged the shooter and after he had opened fire on a church.  So we have to be talking about at least 10 minutes. At least.

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So tell me again about how civilized people should call the police and wait for help. Tell me about how dangerous it is for Americans to have guns and take the responsibility for their own safety.

What if someone in that church had been carrying concealed?

Maybe today, I wouldn’t be writing about dead children. A two-year-old. A six-year-old. An 8-year-old. A fourteen-year-old.

Maybe I wouldn’t be writing about 26 people who were mowed down by a criminal who had a gun illegally. Maybe when Kelley stopped to reload, someone could have stopped him.

Instead, the people in that church were powerless victims.

The Organic Prepper

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11 Responses to Here’s the Story about the Texas Church Shooting Gun Control Advocates Don’t Want You to Hear

  1. Martist says:

    It wouldn’t affect our gun Rights if the entire church DID get holocausted. A background check is an infringement and you are upholding its legitimacy. They had their choice to rely on others or themselves for their lives and chose the state and lost. As far as the unlawful life sentence of being disqualified because of dishonorable discharge from the state gang of chairforce goes, supporting or endorsing such a thing certainly shows a strong reverence and trust in said state. It’s only a matter of time before YOUR “crime” carries the new life sentence of permanent disarmament. How about prepping? Are you subversive of the state? Will you change your tune then? I enjoy and appreciate a lot of your articles, Daisy, but I can’t sit and watch someone unknowingly uphold the argument of background checks being anything but a foot in door for those who seek to permanently disarm US.

  2. Informed says:

    One thing the author missed is he was refused a permit. He never got one.

  3. Ed Teach says:

    Sounds like dead is where this guy belongs.
    As for the two who engaged him… That’s awesome. Sometimes I wish I could get a free pass to shoot a scumbag and then drive after him to pop him again. Unfortunately cops are a protected species these days.

  4. DL. says:

    Another reason NOT to be a 501-c3 church!

    Now suppose this happened in either of the two churches out here in the POA in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas, nearest town, Fort Davis, about 25 miles away from either church building (one is Baptist, the other is non-denominational)…and hopefully, non cell service is required since almost no one has cell service out here!…so you use the landline phone to call the Sheriff (and keep in mind it’s a SUNDAY) or, more likely, 9-1-1, to send an ambulance or two or five out here, 25 miles away (or 50 if you need an ambulance from two other towns, Alpine or Marfa, or 60 from Balmorhea or 100 from Pecos…you get the idea)…and so, an hour later if those who were injured are still alive…

    Like I said, NO CHURCH SHOULD BE 501-c3! And all churches should have ARMED citizens in attendance!

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