Tragedy struck in Sutherland Springs, Texas the morning of Sunday, November 5, 2017, when a gunman took the lives of 26 churchgoers: ten women, seven men, seven girls, one boy, and an unborn child. The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was a former member of the United States Air Force from 2009 to 2014. Reporters claim that a possible motive for the massacre was a quarrel between Kelley and his ex-mother-in-law.
This situation becomes a nightmare for anti-Second Amendment advocates when they become aware of how this shooting was finally stopped. The outcome of this shooting is a simple case of ‘good guy with a gun’; a situation that scares liberals. The two heroes credited for preventing Kelley from taking even more lives at The First Baptist Church are Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff (here is a more in-depth look at the timeline of the actions of these heroes).
Willeford, the first to engage the shooter, picked up Langendorff so that the two brave men could go after the shooter who quickly fled the scene. As a legal gun owner permitted in the state of Texas, life-long NRA member, and certified NRA instructor, Willeford embodies the idea of a model citizen
An important detail forgotten by most media sources is the fact that the shooter, Devin Kelley, obtained his gun illegally due to a governmental error. Kelley was discharged for ‘Bad Conduct’ from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) after being charged with domestic violence for beating his wife and for fracturing her infant son’s skull. According to the United States Department of Justice and what is known to be “The Lautenberg Amendment”, it is against the law for anyone to legally obtain a firearm if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, which Kelley was. These charges brought by the USAF were not properly transferred to the law enforcement database and, therefore, Kelley was able to obtain a firearm.
This is a nightmare for the left. If liberals had it their way and made it illegal to own guns, Willeford would not have been able to stop, quite possibly, what would have led to even more possible deaths. Additionally, the very government that did not properly transfer Kelley’s domestic abuses, is the same government that the left wants to put in charge of enforcing even more laws. How can we expect the government to appropriately carry-out further laws when they are incompetent with the ones we already have?
For conservatives, this is one of the greatest examples as to why we have our Second Amendment rights. Along with protecting ourselves from our own government in case it goes tyrannical—which does not take much of a stretch of the imagination—in this case, a law-abiding gun owner in Sutherland Springs successfully defended his community against the violent gunman who could have taken even more innocent lives. This proves why the Second Amendment is so important.
We should not be surprised that a legal gun owner used his skills for something other than self-defense because it actually happens more often than we know. There have been plenty of instances in the past where a good guy with a gun helped save lives. For instance, last April a permit-holding Uber driver shot and wounded a gunman who had opened fire in a crowd of people in Chicago. Another situation took place in September when a permit-holding usher stopped a gunman in a Tennessee church parking lot until police arrived.
Unfortunately, we are surprised when we hear these stories because they are not covered in the news. It is difficult to tell how many lives are saved when a shooter is stopped and easier to tell when a shooter takes a number of lives because there is an exact number.
Not only are these stories of lives being saved NOT in the news, but the FBI lied about the number of times a shooting has been stopped by a lawful gun owner. They stated in a 2014 report that between 2000 and 2013 there was only ONE instance a shooter was stopped. The stories are not in the news because of the anti-gun media, but if these permit holders had not intervened, the stories would be breaking news.