In a stunning real-life example of why it is important that Americans retain their Second Amendment right to bear arms, a shooter at a Texas church was fatally shot within seconds after he pulled a gun and shot two congregants during a Dec. 29 service.
The gunman — identified as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, according to KXAS-TV — entered the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, near Forth Worth, and opened fire.
Fortunately, he was quickly stopped by armed security, preventing any further deaths or injuries.
Several other churchgoers also drew their weapons — a fact that is amplified in a slow-motion video making the rounds on social media.
Some anon broke down the footage from the shooting at the Texas church earlier on and no less than seven of the congregation members happened to be armed including one elderly lady (no. 5).
Ain’t no messing around down that way by the looks of things.
— Rathdranalon (@Daicheal) December 30, 2019
The church’s senior minister, Britt Farmer, said at a news conference that the congregation lost “two great men today” but could have lost more if those at the church were unarmed.
“But it could’ve been a lot worse. I am thankful that our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves,” he said.
West Freeway Church of Christ Senior Minister Britt Farmer: “I’m thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves” pic.twitter.com/5fLSnSjQzg
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 30, 2019
Law enforcement officials praised the members of the church’s security team for ending the attack within seconds. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn told The Dallas Morning News that it was “a horrific day in Tarrant County.”
“Today evil walked boldly among us,” he said. “But let me remind you, good people raised up and stopped it before it got worse.”
Yes, good people with guns.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also praised the quick action of the church’s armed security.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we pray for the victims of this tragic shooting, their families, this church and this community,” he said. “But we are also grateful and thankful for the unparalleled heroism of two parishioners who were determined to protect the people in their church community. Because of the quick action of these two men, this evil event was over in six seconds. There is no way to know how many lives they saved.”
Patrick went on to laud the changes to state law following the November 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in which 26 people were killed.
After that horrific event, Patrick tasked state Attorney General Ken Paxton to review what legal options churches had to improve security.
Paxton said it was lawful for citizens with a licensed permit to carry for self-defense in church as long as the church has not posted against it.
Following Paxton’s opinion, Republican state Sen. Donna Campbell authored a bill earlier this year to codify that licensed gun holders can carry for self-defense in places of worship. The bill was passed by the state House in May and the signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
Citizens shouldn’t need special laws to be armed in church — in any state. The Second Amendment affords every American not just the right to own a gun, but to bear it. It also affords that this right not be infringed upon, as so many on the left are seeking to do.
There are a lot of “bad guys” out there, but the progressive Democrats who cry all the time about safety don’t seem to care much for the safety of law-abiding citizens. They live in some magical, unicorn world where if good people give up their guns, all the bad people disappear — as they have in places like Chicago and Baltimore, right?
Failed presidential contender Beto O’Rourke is just one of them.
So saddened to hear about another church shooting in Texas, this one in White Settlement near Fort Worth. Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working. https://t.co/krwcpL1lih
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 29, 2019
“Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working,” the former Texas congressman said in a tweet.
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