• Church Shooting in Tennessee Proves the Second Amendment Wasn’t Just for the Founding Fathers

    It was a beautiful Sunday morning, until a man walked into a Church located in Nashville, Tennessee. He shot six people and killed 39 year old Melanie Smith, as she left the church.

    According to NBC News:

    Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said that after fatally shooting Smith, the gunman entered the main sanctuary door, at the rear of the church, and “began indiscriminately shooting.”

    Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, identified as the suspect by police, told authorities he arrived at the church armed with a handgun just before 11 a.m. and “fired upon the church building,” according to a State of Tennessee affidavit.

    An usher in the church, 22 year old Caleb Engle confronted the shooter and was pistol whipped. Somehow he then ran to his vehicle and retrieved his legally owned weapon while Emanuel Sampson was shooting randomly at church members.

    When Engle confronted the shooter he shot himself, but did not die from his self inflicted wound.

    Listen here to an eye witness account of the chaos:

    She describes a scene that is horrible to imagine. A man with no ties to this church. No personal vendetta against anyone there entered a church mainly filled with old people intent with one purpose, to kill as many as possible.

    I’m not going to get into his motivation. Who knows what made him so angry. He was an immigrant from the Sudan, but why he wanted to kill innocent people we don’t know.

    What I do want to talk about is the fact that if that one guy hadn’t had his weapon all of those old people would be dead. The shooter had as many as four weapons with him. Without the usher confronting him with a weapon, nothing would have stopped this shooter from killing many more people.

    The message here is to carry your weapon all the time. This guy should have had it on his person. He would have saved all the people from getting shot inside the church and saved himself the pistol whipping. He probably wouldn’t have saved the woman who was killed on her way to her car, but the key here is that weapon and access to it.

    This is exactly why we fight tirelessly for our Second Amendment rights and our rights to carry firearms. I personally would not go to church unarmed. I wrote an entire novel based on this exact scenario. Without our rights to arm ourselves we are sheep among wolves.

    What would have stopped this shooter from killing everyone in the seven minute response time for law enforcement? Nothing, if not for the usher with a gun.

    Our 2A rights were not created just for our founding fathers and musket times. It was not created for hunting. It was 100% created for this. The right to self protection.
    The Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee our safety, it simply allows us the right to protect ourselves. States should not impede our God-given right to defend ourselves where-ever we are…not just in our homes.

    Carry laws are critical to this right as well as national reciprocity for those permits. My state permit to carry is not honored by Illinois. It should be.

    According to an interview of Thomas Massie (R-KY) by Mark Walters of Armed American Radio: Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t want Congress to touch national reciprocity.

    You would think after the Republican Congressional Baseball practice shooting he might see the value in the private carrying of weapons. Apparently, not. Politicians of both sides of the aisle should be for the safety of all Americans.

    Not allowing people to exercise their second amendment rights freely, only means more dead.

    These shootings won’t stop. The only thing that stops them is an armed citizen returning fire.


    Below is the video trailer for my book Mercy Shot. I wrote this (fiction) story more than three years ago and with today’s news it is even more relevant.

    What if someone in the Aurora theatre would have been armed?
    What if a teacher in Newtown had been carrying a concealed weapon?

     Click the link to order your copy. Put Daily Surge in the memo of your order and I will make sure you get a signed copy. Below is the back page blurb for Mercy Shot.

    Josh Sackett never intended to kill anyone. His deep belief in America’s Second Amendment drove him to get his concealed carry permit. His passionate desire to protect his family demanded that he carry a pistol. Over time, it became a habit, almost an afterthought, like carrying a cell phone for most people.

    It was a Sunday like any other. Josh Sackett took his family to the popular Riverside Church, nestled along the banks of the Iowa River. His children were in their Sunday school classes. His wife and older daughter worshipped at his side. Life was sweet. That’s when it happened.

    Gunshots in the lobby tore through the melody and exploded into Josh’s mind. He didn’t think. He reacted the way he’d always hoped he would. Gun in hand, Josh left the sanctuary and came face-to-face with death. Kill or be killed. How would you react? Josh Sackett knows the answer to that question.

    Mercy Shot is ripped straight from the current headlines of today. The national debate rages on with true-to-life media personalities, politicians, and power players of the twenty-four hour news cycle. Josh is a hero to some, a villain to others. His life and future hang in the balance and a court of law.

    Mercy Shot will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head in frustration. It’s a grass-roots story of how national issues impact real lives on a local level. Political powers clash in an epic struggle waged in cyberspace, as well as, the courtroom. The battle is not really about guns, but over the very soul of America.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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