The worship service at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland was the scene of a brutal massacre, Sunday. 26 people were killed when a gunman entered the sanctuary and opened fire. The shooting has brought strength to the conversation of gun control which erupted after the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in early October.
Certain media outlets are not shying away from their desire to see draconian gun control measures enacted. The latest comes from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. Brzezinski was unabashed in her criticism of Second Amendment supporters, calling the “cowards.”
The shooting in Southerland Springs, Texas is notably different, though. The shooting was stopped by one of these supporters of the Second Amendment. Stephen Willeford, 55, is a plumber. He has no law enforcement training. He has no military training. Yet he shot the gunman twice, at least, and forced an end to the incident.
“I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots – just ‘Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!’ – and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren’t just random shots,” Willeford explained.
“He saw me and I saw him,” Willeford said. “I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover. I know I hit him. He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.”
Willeford is no coward. The man heard the gunshots and knew there would be no response from law enforcement fast enough to stop the shooting. So he took a rifle from his safe, and he loaded it as he ran–barefooted–to the church. There, he engaged the gunman. He took fire, yet had the presence of mind to aim for a gap in the gunman’s body armor.
Not only did Willeford shoot the gunman, he then jumped into a truck with a stranger and the two chased the wounded gunman more than 11 miles away from the scene of the crime. When the man ran off the road, Willeford leapt out and held him at gun point, again.
The police wouldn’t arrive on the scene for 7 minutes.
Yet the “Morning Joe” crew label Willeford a coward. “For those who say after every shooting — which is practically every day — and mass shooting practically every month if not twice a month, ‘Oh, it’s too soon. Oh, it’s too soon.’ Really?” Brzezinski said. “We’re not safe at school. We’re not safe in church. We’re not safe at concerts.”
“Like exactly when can we have this conversation? You’re cowards,” Brzezinski added.
Brzezinski is quick to call out the cowards. Like many arguing for “gun control,” Brzezinski presumably wants new laws to govern firearms. The so-called-cowards who support the Second Amendment rightfully note that there are existing laws that prevent people like Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter, from owning firearms. He was a convicted felon. A law did not prevent this tragedy. And, as Kelley killed 26 people and shot up to 20 others, he showed a willingness to ignore laws.
“The NRA functionally is a trade organization for weapons manufacturers, and their job is to sell more guns,” she said. “I suspect if you could see behind the books of that group, you would see money kind of swashing around from gun makers. That’s why we have these ritual panics about gun takebacks or confiscation.”
“Because the goal is to sell more guns. They’ve already sold as many guns as they possibly can, and they just sell more and more to the small number of people that want arsenals,” Confessore added