An armed bystander that sprang into action when a wannabe mass shooter brandished a weapon may have prevented dozens of deaths at a Texas church Sunday.
A shooter who entered the sanctuary of the West Freeway Church of Christ was shot dead quickly after withdrawing a long gun from a lengthy jacket. An armed security guard standing behind the congregation was quick to withdraw a semiautomatic pistol and open fire on the armed man.
The gunman shot two members of the church congregation, including one man who appeared to be the church usher, before being neutralized by the good guy. Reports indicate the victims were taken to an area hospital in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement, and one of them died on route.
Four others were injured in the traumatic event, including some who appear to have been hurt diving to escape the sick gunman’s line of sight.
The shooting was captured on a livestream hosted on the church’s YouTube channel. Still images revealed the dramatic moment in which the trenchcoat-clad shooter was engaged by the armed church member.
Here, I annotated the image, the shooter in black trench coat and black hat is wielding a shotgun (red arrow) and the good guy with a gun (green arrow) shoots him. Somewhere there is a video of all this. #WhiteSettlement #texas #activeshooter pic.twitter.com/ePW5lHhI2y
— NYC Traffic Fail (@TrafficFailNYC) December 29, 2019
The armed man who fired back at the would-be mass murderer has been identified by church members as a former FBI agent and a designated security guard for the congregation.
The event is undoubtedly a tragedy, considering at least one innocent church member was murdered by the thus-unnamed gunman and more were injured. But it is a great relief to see a bloodthirsty killer stopped in his tracks by an armed patriot, proving once again that armed Americans can serve as a deterrent to the plots of evil individuals who wish to inflict harm upon the general public.
Video of the event reveals how quickly the gunman was taken down by security.
NEW: Video shows man opening fire at Texas church before he is shot by a security guard; 2 dead, 1 critical (blurred to hide victims, viewer discretion is advised) pic.twitter.com/hulXR7MYIy
— BNO News (@BNONews) December 29, 2019
Texas Governor Abbott Wants Texas to Be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”
The Texas GOP needs to get its act together and start passing pro-2A legislation
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to turn Texas into a Second Amendment sanctuary state.
Patrick Sviteck of the Texas Tribune reported on Twitter, “Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a “2A sanctuary state” this session “so that no gov’t official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, ‘Heck yes, we’re gonna take your gun.’ We’re gonna say, ‘Heck no, you cannot take ppl’s guns'” in TX.”
Abbott’s quip about taking people’s guns was in response to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke remarks during the 2019 Democrat presidential debates where he explicitly called for gun confiscation.
Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a "2A sanctuary state" this session "so that no gov't official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, 'Heck yes, we're gonna take your gun.' We're gonna say, 'Heck no, you cannot take ppl's guns'" in TX
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 14, 2021
Abbott’s comment came after a number of Texas counties began to declare themselves as “Second Amendment sanctuaries” throughout 2020. Daniel Friend of The Texan reported that “By early 2020, commissioners in over 60 counties — often with the support of the county sheriff — had passed some sort of Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.”
Two elected officials have filed different versions of the Texas Firearm Protection Act, which Greg Abbott pushed back in 2013 when he was Attorney General. The TFPA is a piece of legislation that would ban law enforcement from enforcing federal gun control schemes “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”
At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event, Abbott emphasized his pro-Tenth Amendment credentials by stating that “I still hold a record that will never be broken by anybody.I hold the record for the most lawsuits filed against Barack Obama — 31 legal actions against him.”
The Texas Governor added, “We had to because the actions he was taking trampled upon Texas’ liberties based upon the Tenth Amendment. We need to go back to the fundamentals of the Tenth Amendment and reassert that against any potential encroachments that we see under the Biden administration.”
The sanctuary movement is arguably one of the brightest spots for the right heading into the Biden era. Despite Democrat control at the federal level, there will be more paths for reform available at the state and local level. This should make Second Amendment operatives realize that not all politics is federal. Plus, gaining in power in D.C. necessitates having strong local political machines. Fighting Second Amendment battles at the state and local level is a good way to build a power base.
As cliche as it may sound, all politics is still local.
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