BUTLER COUNTY, TX- Two days after a deadly shooting at a Texas church that was stopped by a trained security team member who returned fire and killed the shooter, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones announced he would be offering free CCW training for area church personnel.
The response has kept him busy.
“We’ve had about 100 show interest, and it has only been a couple days. I would imagine we will get close to 200 to 300,” Jones said.
He added his office will pare down the list and begin training led by one of the department’s captains.
Jones said the sessions will not only include CCW training but help for churches wanting to begin a security program. The training will have to be approved by the individual churches.
“Unfortunately, in these days and times, no place is immune from mass shootings, and we want our citizens to go to church without worry and fear, feeling safe and secure to worship with their families and fellow church members,” Jones said.
Church congregations reach out to the less fortunate and those in need of help, but sometimes those individuals also have a criminal history or mental illness that came make their actions unpredictable, Jones said.
“They just don’t know the complete history of a person and it can be a dangerous situation,” he said.
Many churches already have a security plan and encourage law enforcement officers who come to worship to carry their weapons, Jones said.
“It is a crazy world we live in. We cannot just bury our heads in the sand,” he said.
The sheriff said that those looking to register will have to be involved in an approved church security team.
The head of security at Solid Rock Church in Butler County said:
“It’s not the ‘60’s anymore. When churches can be open, unlocked and people can come use it to pray anytime they want.”
Speaking of church security personnel, he said they must be trained to be compliant with concealed carry laws.
Still, not everyone agrees with the idea of having security in church.
Father Civille, pastor at Holy Family Church in Middletown, said:
“Safety of this kind has never been an issue here. Moreover, that type of security is not practical to implement and it’s not the environment we want to create for a parish that welcomes people.”
On a larger scale, it probably won’t be long before Democratic presidential candidates weigh in.
Don’t forget that Joe Biden is not a fan of concealed carry in churches, calling the Texas law that allowed the shooter in White Settlement, Texas to be taken out last month. But he has been going after these types of items for a while.
First, he said that the Texas man who stopped the Sutherland Springs mass murderer by killing him with an AR-15 should never have had that gun. More on that in the second half of the article.
But then this..
In September, Biden said:
“It’s irrational, with all due respect to the governor of Texas, it’s irrational what they’re doing. I mean every day, you see a mass shooting.”
Great on the hyperbole there Joe. Irrational to me is talking about bouncing kids on your lap and talking about your leg hair to kids. But I digress.
Biden of course had been talking about the new Texas state law, which was signed by Gov. Abbott and which allowed residents of Texas to carry firearms in churches.
On Sunday, good guys with a gun took out a bad guy with a gun at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Tarrant County on Sunday.
According to witnesses, several parishioners opened fire on the gunman, killing him. At least one of the good guys was a security guard.
Gun rights advocates praised the actions of those who took out the shooter, citing it as an example of a “good guy with a gun” which stopped a violent attack.
Two men were killed in the shooting in addition to the gunman.
“We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse,” said Britt Farmer, pastor of the West Freeway Church. “I’m thankful that our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”
You’ve gotta love Texas. Had this happened in states such as New York, Connecticut or California, the outcome may have been much different.
The church was live streaming the service when shots were fired. A video that was posted on Twitter shows the moment that shots were fired and the response of the armed security member. We will caution you it may be graphic for some readers.
Biden and other left-wing Democrats have repeatedly railed against having guns in schools, churches, and hospitals and argue that their presence do not make mass shootings less likely.
“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them—it’s absolutely mindless,” said Biden last September.
Speaking of mindless, Joe, are you suggesting that we return to single shot muskets? Because other than that, all weapons hold multiple rounds, including revolvers.
This is the problem with the anti-gun nuts. They don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, which they prove every time they open their mouths.
“It’s no violation of the Second Amendment. It’s just a bow of special interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA,” he continued….ah yes, the left’s favorite boogeyman, the National Rifle Association.
Robert Francis O’Rourke, known to his Mexican brethren as “Beto”, weighed in after the latest shooting.
“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.”
Uh, sorry Robert. But in this case, the ability of Texans to defend themselves from nuts with a gun worked extremely well.
If the gunman had been the only one in the church with a gun on Sunday, Lord only knows what the body count would be. Thanks to Gov. Abbott, an armed person or persons in the church were able to shoot the gunman and save lives.
Abbott signed the bill last June, which allowed Texans to carry guns in places of worship. This is what triggered Uncle Joe.
The gunman was identified as a 43-year-old man from River Oaks. We will not identify him because he doesn’t deserve the publicity. Killed were Anton Wallace, 64, of Fort Worth and Richard White, 67, of River Oaks.
The suspect had arrests in several jurisdictions, and had been arrested in Tarrant County, as well as other states on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
After Gov. Abbott signed the bill, the church’s leadership had made a decision to train its members to protect each other.
“I think you can see from the video that that guy was surrounded rather quickly by more than just a few people,” according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Paxton said that he hoped that more churches will prepare for shootings the way West Freeway Church of Christ did.
Back in 2013, Uncle Joe was at a Facebook Town Hall sponsored by Parents Magazine. One questioner at the time named Kate asked how gun owners would be able to protect themselves if Congress passed a bill banning certain weapons and high capacity magazines.
“Kate, if you want to protect yourself get a double-barreled shotgun,” Biden said.
Biden related that he had told his wife that since they lived in a secluded area that’s wooded, he told her:
“Jill if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put [up] that double barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”
He really said that.
“You don’t need an AR-15. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
Now, for anyone who has ever fired a shotgun, it isn’t exactly the easiest weapon to use and to maintain target acquisition of, especially for most females. According to a gun shop owner in Texas, the AR-15, not a shotgun, is a better weapon of choice for home defense due to its accuracy.
“The AR-15 is now a mainstream weapon because of its quality design and accuracy,” said Jesse Bonner.
He added that smaller women could have more trouble firing a 12-guage shotgun due to the recoil.
Probably the most ludicrous thing Biden has ever said (granted, there is a LOT of competition) was during an interview with Field and Stream magazine.
He suggested that if someone was looking to protect themselves from an intruder they should “just fire the shotgun through the door.” He added that most people “can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semi-automatic weapon.”
The fact that Biden is leading the field of Democrat candidates set to run against President Trump should give comfort to Trump supporters. The guy is a gaffe a minute and the more he speaks, the more clueless he appears.
On November 5, 2017, a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas wearing body armor and well-armed. He fatally shot 26 people and wounded 20 others.
Because of a domestic violence conviction in a court-martial while in the United States Air Force, he was prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing firearms and ammunition.
That didn’t stop him.
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What DID stop him was a barefoot neighbor with an AR 15. It’s the same gun that Democrats, including Joe Biden, are pushing to ban.
That hero was Stephen Willeford.
And a few weeks after he stopped the church shooter, Joe Biden said Willeford never should have had the gun that he used to stop the killer.
The comments were made when Joe Biden was asked about the tragedy.
“With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun?” a young woman in the audience asked Biden.
Biden’s response was disturbing, to say the least.
“Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldn’t be carrying,” Biden said. “I wrote the last serious gun control law…and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.”
It is imperative that we recognize that Stephen’s intervention saved countless lives. Because the shooter was wearing body armor, if Willeford had responded with just a pistol, he would also most likely be dead.
“It’s just rational to say certain people shouldn’t have guns,” Biden insisted.
“The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they turn out to be crazy after the fact, that’s life.
There’s nothing you can do about that, but we can save a lot of lives and we’ve stopped tens of thousands of people from getting guns who shouldn’t have guns.”
No Uncle Joe, you aren’t stopping the people who shouldn’t have guns from having them. What you are doing is trying to take guns out of the hands of people like Stephen Willeford.
Instead of stating that he should have never had the rifle he used to stop that massacre, you should be applauding him, and then hitting your knees and thanking God Almighty that people like Stephen exist.
Willeford’s response to Biden saying he shouldn’t have had that gun was simple:
“I wonder if his family had been sitting in a pew if he would have said the same thing,” said Willeford.
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