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Stephen Willeford wasn't invited to
the recent CNN town hall in which the bloviating coward of Broward, Sheriff
Scott Israel (aka Barney
Fife), was allowed to browbeat NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch about the evils
of guns in general and the AR-15 in general. Nor was he invited to
the White House meeting between President Trump and those affected by mass
shootings such as the one at Parkland.
He should have been at both, if only
to remind both the grieving and the self-righteous that guns in general and the
AR-15 in particular, which has been misrepresented by gun control zealots as an
rifle," can be used by good guys to save lives as well as by bad
guys to take them. He is the hero of Sutherland Springs, Texas, who,
hearing the sound of gunfire at a nearby church, grabbed the AR-15 he had
taught others to use as an NRA instructor and chased
down the mass murderer who had shot up the First Baptist Church before
he could continue his murder spree elsewhere:
The hero who last
November stopped the gunman behind the deadly Texas church massacre said using
an AR-15 enabled him to end the bloodshed. In an emotional interview
with CRTV's "Louder With Crowder" on Monday, Stephen Willeford described
the gunfight and dramatic car chase that ensued to stop the shooter from
slaughtering additional churchgoers.
The former National
Rifle Association instructor was home Sunday morning when his daughter told
Willeford she had heard gunshots from the nearby Baptist church, prompting him
to get his AR-15 rifle from his safe and load a magazine. He ran to
the church and confronted the alleged shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, who fired
shots at Willeford. While taking cover behind a pickup truck,
Willeford fired several shots at the gunman, who sped away in his car.
Willeford ran to a
truck stopped at a stop sign and asked the driver to help him to stop Kelley,
who had a history of domestic violence and had been kicked out of the
military. The two men pursued the gunman, whom [sic] officials say
wore tactical gear and a bullet-proof vest, down a nearby highway until the
vehicle eventually careened off the side of the road. When police
arrived, Kelley was found dead on the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound
to the head as well as two other gunshot wounds – one on his leg and one on his
torso. Officials believe the gunman took his own life.
"If I had run out
of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets,
it might have been futile," Willeford said. "I ran out
with an AR-15 and that's what he was shooting the place up with."
If a good guy with a gun had been
inside the First Baptist Church, instead of outside, the killer could have been
blown away. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton pointed out what
should be obvious: that we don't need more unarmed
potential victims sitting like sheep, targets in what amounts to a
Paxton pointed out that
there were numerous laws already on the books, including "laws against
murder," and the attacker violated those laws without
hesitation. He observed, "So adding some other gun law, I don't
think would in any way change this guy's behavior."
It's not clear to me
that [the attacker] wasn't already prevented from having a gun, given his
history in the military. What ultimately may have saved some lives is… people
that were outside the church that actually had guns that may have slowed this
guy down and actually pursued him. So I would rather arm law-abiding citizens
and make sure that they can prevent this from happening as opposed to trying to
pass laws that would prevent law-abiding citizens from having guns.
A good guy with a gun once again
stopped a bad guy with a gun, just as a good gal with a gun, Jeanne
Assam, stopped a bad guy with a gun. Many were thankful that
Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, had
easy access to a gun when Matthew Murray entered the east entrance of the
church and began firing his rifle. Murray was carrying two handguns,
an assault rifle, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
Assam, who worked as a police officer
in downtown Minneapolis during the 1990s and is licensed to carry a weapon,
shot and killed Murray. Had she not done so, more than two would
have been killed at the church that day.
Banning "scary" weapons
like the AR-15 based on their appearance is nonsense. Other
non-scary weapons are just as lethal, and the AR-15 is often the defensive
weapon of choice. Former Navy SEAL Dean Raso is quoted in The
Federalist as describing the AR-15 as, in fact, the ideal defensive weapon
against heavily armed predators:
In a new video, former
Navy SEAL Dom Raso explains why the AR-15, the most popular rifle in the
country, gives Americans the best chance of surviving in an age of terror.
Choosing to defend
one's home with an AR-15 is a commonsense choice, as it is powerful, accurate,
and easy to shoot, Raso said.
America's most popular rifle
Gun control legislation
doesn't stop terror attacks, he explained, citing the two terrorists who
weren't deterred by California's assault weapons ban when they killed 14 people
in San Bernardino last year. Nor would any gun ban have stopped the
Boston Bombers when they detonated a bomb at the Boston Marathon, killing three
and wounding at least 260 others.
Ironically, both of
those incidents of terror were brought to a stop by armed police officers
responding to the scene with AR-15s – the same weapon legislators are trying to
"Why would you
want to ban the gun you pray for police to show up with?" Raso asked.
Indeed, why would you? As
has been noted, assault
is a behavior and not a weapon, and the AR-15, in the hands of someone like
NRA member and hero Scott Willeford, is something to be desired and not
feared. The AR-15 is a defensive weapon, such as when it was used
by a 15-year-old to ward off home invaders:
Not only did this brave
15-year-old defend his home against 2 burglars, but also his 12-year-old sister
who was in the house with him. He grabbed his father's AR-15 and
shot one of the burglars multiple times. They got away but had to go
right to the hospital where the minor was arrested and the adult who was shot
was flown to a different hospital.
In the hands of British redcoats, the
musket was an assault weapon. In the hands of a law-abiding American
such as NRA member and hero Stephen Willeford, an AR-15 is what the Second
Amendment is all about.