Amidst the Democrat calls for increased gun control that inevitably follow a mass shooting in America is the outrage that howls forth against “assault rifles” and “military-style rifles” when a modern semi-automatic rifle is involved.
That has certainly been no different with the horrific church shooting that took the lives of over two dozen people Sunday in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. With the suspect’s weapon described as an assault rifle, the calls for banning those types of firearms is as loud as ever.
Many liberals have argued over the years that nobody outside of the military needs a gun that can pump out 30 rounds with the repeated pull of a trigger. But that type of argument has just fallen flat in the face of the type of weapon hero Stephen Willeford used.
As gunman 26-year-old Devin Kelley was slaying down congregant after congregant at First Baptist Church, Willeford, who lives close to the church, grabbed his own gun and ran barefooted to the scene to take charge of it long before enforcement arrived, according to Heavy.com.
"I have friends in that church. I was terrified while this was going on," Willeford told the Dallas Morning News.
Willeford confronted Kelley as he exited the church, and the two traded shots as Willeford took cover behind a vehicle. Willeford then hit Kelley, causing the church shooter to flee, according to the New York Post.
“The number one goal of law enforcement is to neutralize the shooter. In this situation we had two good Samaritans who did that for law enforcement,” explained Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin, who also mentioned the role that hero Johnnie Langendroff played in chasing down Kelley with his vehicle.
But how did Willeford, a plumber with no military experience, take down former Air Force airman Kelley, who was clad in body armor and armed with a Ruger AR-556 military-style assault rifle — as the Washington Post described it?
Here’s the answer: Willeford “armed himself with an AR assault rifle, and engaged the suspect,” confirmed Martin.
In other words, a man who illegally obtained his high-capacity, semi-automatic rifle — according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — was stopped from killing more people by a local man who, as far as we know, used his legally obtained high-capacity, semi-automatic rifle to match him in firepower. But you wouldn’t know that from the mainstream media.
While Martin is being quoted repeatedly on Monday by major news outlets, his quote about Willeford arming himself with an “AR assault rifle” similar to Kelley’s is only mentioned by local media, Heavy, and a couple conservative news outlets. That’s why it is not widely known. A ban on “assault rifles” is not well supported when it is made known that a law-abiding citizen used his to end a mass shooting before it can get any worse.
What do you think of this? In related news, a Hollywood comedian is in big trouble after she blamed a huge segment of our country for the shooting.