• Armed Civilians Stop Murderous Criminal — Lives Saved — Common Sense Confirmed

    Surge Summary: Volunteer security forces stopped a gunman from killing more than he did during a Texas church service. The occurrence underscores what common sense and even the Scripture confirm: sometimes justified violence is necessary to frustrate murderous violence.

    The hero gunman who shot and killed a deranged shooter in his own Texas church has been identified. He says he was carrying a firearm because the world is an evil place.

    Per Billy Davis/OneNewsNow.com:

    The Washington Examiner was among the first media outlets to report Jack Wilson, 71, was the quick-thinking church member at West Freeway Church of Christ who drew his pistol and stopped a man who had killed two others with a shotgun before he was shot dead Sunday morning.

    The church of approximately 250 people is located in Tarrant County, near Ft. Worth.

    The two shooting victims have been identified as Rich White, a security team member who was attempting to draw his own weapon, and church deacon Anton “Tony” Wallace, who was passing out communion when he was shot.

    Wilson’s background includes professional firearms training and law enforcement. The media has reported he was functioning as overseer of the congregation’s volunteer security team.

    A video of the service was livestreaming on YouTube at the time of the attack and so the incident – only lasting several seconds — has gone viral.

    In the video, it appears Wilson dropped the gunman with a head shot after the gunman opened fire. The security team leader was reportedly armed with a Sig Sauer P229 pistol, which carries a .357 round.

    Responding to the shooting, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the media a second unidentified church member also fired and struck the gunman. He said both security members saved an “untold number of lives” by drawing their weapons and returning fire.

    Glen Evans of Church Security Alliance tells OneNewsNow society appears to be coming to the realization that it cannot count on law enforcement alone to respond as quickly as a trained church member who is immediately present – noting that Wilson represents a well-trained security member, not just an inexperienced individual with a gun.

    “I just kind of point out the fact that there is a liability in that,” he observes. “And [churches] need to consider who the people are that are carrying, whether they can exercise good judgement, and then of course how much training they have and how much training they are willing to partake in.”

    In a Facebook post, Wilson remarked he did what nobody wants to do, but evil since exists he had no option but to “take out” the threat to the churchgoers.

    “I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST,” he wrote, “but evil does exist in the world, and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed.”

    Along those same lines, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Wayburn told reporters at a press conference,

    “Today evil walked boldly among us. And let me remind you, good people raised up and stopped it before it got worse.”

    After 2017’s Sutherland Springs shooting, Texas – already a right-to-carry state – passed a law that went into effect in September and which permitted licensed gun owners to bring firearms into houses of worship.

    It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the church shooting video shows numerous other churchgoers – upwards of seven? — brandishing firearms moments after the shooting began.

    This bloody occurrence, like others of late, confirms: there is a time when controlled violence in response to lawless violence is justified, and can result in limiting deadly consequences.

    Common sense also underscores this grim reality, as do the Scriptures. Romans 13 speaks of the “authority” (government officials) who carry “the sword” in order to visit “retribution to the wrongdoer”. Jesus himself counselled his followers to carry a staff (Mark 6:8) and a sword (Luke 22:36) – both instruments of personal protection.

    Another presumed member of West Freeway Church of Christ, John Richardson, offered a comment which, arguably, captured the proper perspective on the entire conflict. After expressing his gratefulness there were people on premises ready to thwart the attacker, he reflected:

    Evil is everywhere. …  if evil’s going to do something horrible, evil is going to do something horrible. All you can do is do your best to stop evil from happening to more people. That’s all you can do.”

    It’s “sad”, he said, that the assailant came in to do them harm; it’s sad they had to harm him. He even expressed some compassion for “this poor man” who, notwithstanding his murderous intent, was like all of us, a “creature of God”; and for his family who were going to have to “live with this”.

    “We can’t have hate for these people. We can’t have hate for anybody that does hate for us,” he urged.

    “We have to live that life of Christ that wants us to teach and preach and be that example of His on Earth. To every person we can reach.”

    H/T: Billy Davis/OneNewsNow.com

    H/T: Tony Romm/Washington Post.com

    H/T: Jozelyn Escobedo/wfaa.com

    Image: Screen shot: https://abc13.com/texas-church-shooting-suspect-identified-as-keith-thomas-kinnunen/5798542/

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