While the Second Amendment wasn’t expressly created for the purpose of personal self defense, it certainly has allowed for a great many Americans to keep themselves protected.
This reality was on display in full this weekend after a crazed gunman entered a church in the town of White Settlement, Texas and began firing at parishioners.
A gunman killed two people during a Sunday morning service at a church in White Settlement before members of the congregation fatally shot him, authorities say.
Police in White Settlement, about eight miles west of Fort Worth, were called before 11 a.m. to the West Freeway Church of Christ at 1900 South Las Vegas Trail after two members who are part of the church’s security team opened fire on the gunman.
MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty soon reported that the gunman and one of his victims had died at a hospital. The second victim was resuscitated after going into cardiac arrest on the way to a hospital, but authorities announced at an evening news conference that the person died later.
Many heaped praise on those who sprung into action.
“We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse, and I am thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves,” said Britt Farmer, the church’s senior minister.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, speaking at the evening news conference, highlighted changes in state law that ensured the right to carry concealed weapons in churches.
He credited the church’s volunteer security team for protecting their fellow members.
“The heroism today is unparalleled,” Patrick said. “This team responded quickly, and within six seconds the shooting was over.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of White Settlement as they recover from this atrocity.
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