The recent shooting at West Freeway Church near Fort Worth, Texas has had the entire country up in arms.
Congregant Jack Wilson became a folk hero when he shot and killed the gunman during this incident. Tragically, the assailant killed two people, but Wilson’s heroics potentially saved dozens of other people in the exchange.
A little-known fact that was drowned out in the noise was concerning a law that was passed two years ago which allowed churches to have armed volunteer guards.
Former State Representative Matt Rinaldi, who built a reputation as a pro-gun champion during his time in the Texas State Legislature, submitted this bill after finding out that the law at the time allowed congregants possessing concealed carry licenses to bring firearms into places of worship. But there with a catch — they weren’t allowed to carry out security functions.
“My wife and I were doing church security at the St. Anne’s carnival over by us, where unarmed security were looking for lost children and making sure everything was being run smoothly,” Rinaldi said. “And afterwards, I was looking at the occupational licensing laws looking to see which ones didn’t make sense, and I found out what we were doing and what the church was doing was illegal under current Texas law.”
Rinaldi stated that churches would either have to hire private security firms or acquire a $400 “letter of authority” from the state to establish volunteer security teams.
“We’ve seen churches being targeted time and time again, and it doesn’t make sense that they can’t protect themselves without hiring private security, which a lot of small churches don’t have the funds to do,” he stated.
After his bill passed, Rinaldi informed every church in his district that they could opt for volunteer security.
“They were talking on Fox News as if [the bill] didn’t [pass], so I think it’s important we get the word out that the law did change,” he stated.
Churches in Texas can determine who is able to carry in their premises, but a law like the one Rinaldi passed absolutely helps.
The recent case at West Freeway Church demonstrates how in an active shooter situation a good guy with a gun can be a legitimate game changer.
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Houston Police Allow Abortion Clinic to Operate Despite Texas Courts Ruling Them Non-Essential
On March 30th, a judge ruled that Texas abortion clinics could stay open. This ruling came a few days after the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, deemed abortion servies non-essential.
Since abortions are clearly elective surgeries, the ruling was overturned by a vote of 2-1 in the 5th circuit court of appeals on March 31st. Meaning, the governor’s order stands and abortion clinics must close until non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up.
This hasn’t stopped one abortion clinic in Houston from continuing to kill the unborn.
In a video released on April 1st, via the YouTube channel ‘ProofThatGodExists,’ an abortion clinic in Houston is shown to still be accepting clients.
A couple of pro-life activists are shown in the video standing outside the abortion clinic. Across the street is a police officer, with whom one of the activists eventually talks.
They tell the offiicer that the abortion offices are still seeing clients. The officer acknowledges their concerns and says, “we’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the officer goes to talk to the pro-life activists. The officer informed the activists that he was just there to “keep the peace” and nothing else.
One of the activists again informed the officer of the situation, asking, “Do you know that it’s illegal for them to do abortions today?” The officer replied, “I’m not out here for that.”
The activist then reiterated that he was asking him not why he was there, but if he personally knew of the current order. He wanted to know if the officer was not enforcing because he didn’t know about the order or because his department was choosing to ignore it in this case.
The officer didn’t want to answer directly. So, he again said, “I’m not saying that what you’re saying is wrong…. But that’s not what I’m out here for. I’m out here to keep the peace….”
He then said, “Whoever you need to call to enforce what you’re asking me about…” He was interupted by the second activist, who challenged him, insisting, “When people are breaking the law, we call the police.”
The video continues on with many more women entering the clinic. Eventually the abortion doctor arrived to the clinic, as well.
It’s clear that the clinic is in direct violation of the order that declares abortion services non-essential. Why the Houston police aren’t enforcing the order as it pertains to this particular clinic is still unclear.
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