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
New Group of Turncoat Gun Owners is Being Launched to Push for Civilian Disarmament
Giffords, an anti-Second Amendment organization created by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, is launching a new group of gun owners to challenge pro-gun groups across the nation.
Building off a coalition that was set up in 2018, Gun Owners for Safety was recently unveiled and has chapters present in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. It will serve as a counterbalance against pro-gun organizations and will push for gun control measures nationwide.
“I think whether you’re talking about politics, whether you’re talking about lobbying, whether you’re talking about culture change, what’s vitally important is that we focus on the millions of Americans at the center of our politics. If we’re going to have long-term durable change in this country, it can’t just be the activists on the left and the activists on the right. We really have to move the center,” Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler declared.
Giffords is the wife of Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly. She is also a gun owner and according to Ambler, Giffords was one of the most moderate members during her time serving in the U.S. House.
Ambler claims that the group’s organizers have already reached out to approximately 50,000 gun owners all across the nation “who are fed up with the NRA,” Ambler stated. According to a report by The Hill, the group’s members “include hunters, collectors, veterans, former law enforcement and others who value firearm ownership but also want to reduce gun violence.”
“These men and women were eager, at a time when our values of our country are being debated, to raise their hand and show politicians, show the country, that the vast majority of gun owners support safer gun laws,” Ambler remarked. The Executive Director of Giffords said that universal background checks are a central policy item for the group.
The NRA has become a punching bag of sorts for many gun control groups. Despite some of its questionable dedication to certain gun rights causes, the kind of persecution the NRA is facing from the state of New York for allegedly mismanaging funds and being involved in other forms of corruption.
“Put your foot in the shoes of an American gun owner, do you want to be part of the NRA, which is embroiled in legal and ethical controversy?” Ambler inquired. “The NRA wants you to believe that you can’t have your Second Amendment and pursue laws like … universal background checks.”
“American voters are hungry for campaigns and messages and groups of people who are attempting to bring people together to accomplish something that serves all Americans. That’s why Gabby is working so hard to organize fellow gun owners across the country,” Ambler commented.
The pro-gun control movement is not playing around. They will use every strategy in the book to try to destroy the Second Amendment. Gun owners should prepare themselves for the most unorthodox of attacks that come from this desperate anti-freedom lobby.
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