In remarks to the press on Sunday, West Freeway Church of Christ Pastor Britt Farmer said he was grateful for Americans’ right to bear arms after several of his parishioners turned out to be ready for a shooting attack on his congregation.
“We lost two great men today,” Farmer said. “But it could have been a lot worse. I’m thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”
Two attendees in the White Settlement church were killed when an assailant opened fire for reasons that are still unknown as of Monday morning. The attack might have continued unabated, putting more than 200 other congregants in jeopardy, had it not been for the quick and decisive actions taken by armed members of the church. At least two other attendees were armed, and one of them fired the shots that put the killer down, ending the tragedy prematurely.
Texas DPS Director Jeoff Williams was crystal clear about what had happened inside the church.
“The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners, and that might get swept aside,” he said. “It was miraculous. The true heroes in all this are the people who were sitting in those pews today and responded, the immediate responders – it was truly heroic.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was also quick to praise the church’s armed congregants.
“This team responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over. Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” Patrick said.
These are, of course, the stories that don’t get a lot of traction in the media. You will note that, after a day or two of coverage, the press will be all too eager to move on from this tragedy. Granted, this happens with more or less every story these days, simply because of our accelerated news cycle, but this one will be especially quick to leave the front page. It doesn’t fit the narrative. It doesn’t preach the leftist message, which is that “good guys with guns” don’t exist.
Thankfully, that message is a lie. And thankfully, the good guys with guns were sitting in that church on Sunday. If they hadn’t been – or if they’d been disarmed by an overreaching government – we would be talking about a much different scale of disaster today.