One of the major news stories about the Texas church shooting was how a ‘good guy with a gun’ Stephen Willeford stopped Devin Kelley from continuing to massacre parishioners in the church by shooting him with his AR-15 and then chasing him down with Johnnie Langendorff.
One of the survivors of the attack Farida Brown made it clear that she thought Kelley was about to shoot her to finish her off next when he was shot by Willeford. And Kelley was reloading when Willeford shot him, according to Willeford’s cousin.
Those were the facts.
But liberals didn’t like those facts. Indeed they went so far as to claim that Willeford didn’t actually ‘stop the shooting.’
And some even said that claiming he did is somehow neglecting the 26 victims killed and the 20 injured.
From LA Times:
Examine for a moment the appalling stupidity of this “good guy” delusion. After only 26 deaths and 20 other people injured, a legally armed good guy steps up and saves the day.
It’s a great argument, but only if one is willing to accept the 46 casualties as unavoidable collateral damage. The simple fact is we have consciously chosen unfettered gun ownership over lives.
One must also realize that so many of these armed heroes are one angry traffic dispute, one alcohol- and testosterone-fueled bar argument, or one curious child away from another tragedy. We’re so desperate to believe our “good guy” theory that there was actual discussion as to which bullet killed the bad guy in Texas — the one in his leg or his torso, or the one he put into his own head.
Of course, this is not the first time that a ‘good guy with a gun’ has not only stopped a shooting. There have been many instances.
And one need only look to the church shooting in September in Tennessee to find one. But it was underreported by the media, just like the ‘good guy with a gun’ angle is being downplayed now in Texas because it doesn’t fit the narrative they want to pitch.
And lucky for those inside he was there.
From Bearing Arms:
A Nashville Police Department spokesman said the shooter entered the church after 11 a.m. CST wearing a neoprene ski mask. One woman was shot in the parking lot before the shooter entered the church and opened fire on about 42 people still inside.
One church member, 22-year-old Caleb Engle, confronted the shooter before being pistol whipped in the face. Engle then went to his car to retrieve a gun, which he has under a concealed carry license.
Engle returned to the church to confront the gunman again. The gunman shot himself in the face when the man returned, possibly by accident.
“He’s the hero here,” Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said. “He’s the person who stopped this madness in its tracks.”
The shooter was a Sudanese immigrant who, police say, was looking for ‘retaliation’ for the Charleston church shooting. The government is now investigating it as a ‘hate crime.’ That also was a part of the story the media skipped over. Indeed they barely covered this story much at all and you may not even have heard of it because it was so poorly covered. It had so many elements that didn’t fit the narrative that liberal media pushes, they didn’t deem it worthy.
As Bearing Arms notes, it’s a scenario that plays out all the time. Bad guys want to do bad things, but it takes a good guy with a gun to stop them.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama.]Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.