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Gun Control Failed Again at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas

November 7, 2017

Gun Control failed again. Despite our 23 thousand firearms regulations, a murderer entered a Texas church and killed 26 people. Dozens more are injured. Gun control failed..until it didn’t.

The murderer had frequently sent threatening text messages to his mother in law. She attended the church. She was not inside during the attack, but the grand-mother in-law was. Grandma was killed during the attack. The murderer was an atheist and frequently criticized religion and people with religious beliefs.

The murderer had a long history of domestic problems. He beat his first wife and child while he was in the Air Force. He received a courts martial and spent a year in the stockade for that assault. His rank was reduced and he received a bad conduct discharge. Had he received a dishonorable discharge, he would have been a prohibited person and owning firearms would have been illegal. He should have been prohibited from buying firearms because of his domestic violence conviction. The Air Force didn’t enter his criminal conviction into the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS). That is the system used by that gun stores across the country.

Many gun owners think that real gun control means having a gun ready and being proficient with it. This second type of gun control saved lives after the first type failed. A neighbor who lives next to the church heard the gunfire. He grabbed his rifle, a gun similar to the gun the murder used. The neighbor, Stephen Willeford, then shot the murderer several times. That return fire was enough to make the murderer break off the attack on the church. The murderer got in his car and drove away. Willeford and a passerby followed the attacker. They were in touch with police as they trailed the murderer. After the murderer crashed his car, the murderer took his own life.

The talking heads reacted in very predictable ways after this attack.. The murderer used a semi-automatic rifle so the anti-gun groups said we need to ban semi-automatic rifles. They also called for more background checks and blamed the NRA.

Since the mainstream media won’t do it, I can point out the incontrovertible facts.

  • The murderer bought his guns by passing an FBI background check.
  • The murderer was refused when he tried to get his Texas concealed handgun license.
  • Two ordinary citizens, one of them armed, stopped the attack long before the police arrived.
  • Contrary to common belief, you can carry in a church or other house of worship in Texas unless you are given verbal or written notification to the contrary. The church does not appear to be posted as a gun free zone under Texas law. That means the congregation could have been armed for their own defense. They chose not to be. Fortunately, their neighbor was armed.
  • The murderer was not an NRA member. The armed defender, Stephen Willeford, was an NRA firearms instructor.

After the attack, Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, said this, “There are laws against murder, and this guy violated the laws against murder. So, adding some other gun law would not, I don’t think, in any way change this guy’s behavior.. I would rather arm law-abiding citizens and make sure that they can prevent this from happening as opposed to trying to pass laws that would prevent law-abiding citizens from having guns.”

I agree. I’ve recently heard from many honest men and women who provide security for their churches. As you would expect, they are shocked. They are also fortified. Church security works very hard to protect their fellow parishioners, and to remain anonymous. They save lives. They save lives when gun control fails.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan permalink
    November 7, 2017 10:40 pm

    Funny isn’t it, how Gun Control failed here, just as it has done, and continues to do in so many, many instances where reality is denied by those who make and who screw up the rules.

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  2. November 8, 2017 7:05 am

    It’s very simple.

    Evil people will do evil things, crazy people will do crazy things, stupid people will do stupid things. Any solution to this problem cannot — CANNOT — involve making it impossible for good people to do good things.

    When you tell all the people, good, evil, crazy, and stupid; to leave their guns home, only the good people comply, leaving the crazy, stupid, evil people as the only ones armed.

    That’s not a “solution”. That’s crazy, stupid, and evil.

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