A total of 26 people were killed in the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting, but the man who ultimately shot the killer – a conservative being hailed as the ultimate “good guy with a gun” – says God sent him to “stop” the attack.
When a man started firing an AR-15 into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he killed a total of 26 people and hurt 20 others who were worshiping there. When he left the building of his own choice, he ran into Stephen Willeford, a gun advocate who brought his own AR-15.
They exchanged fire, and the original shooter fled, but when police found him, he had died from the gunshot wounds.
That makes Willeford “the epitome of the definition of a ‘good guy with a gun,’” a phrase used to describe a gun carrier who is able to stop in progress crimes because they are armed, according to Ammoland, which interviewed the man.
Stephen Willeford, an NRA instructor and firearms enthusiast, knew he must do something to stop the killer’s deadly rampage. He couldn’t sit around and let a maniac attack his community. He grabbed his AR-15 and set out to end the murderer’s violent spree.
When Ammoland asked Willeford how he knew about the shooting and why he engaged, he said it was a combination of God and his daughter.
“My oldest daughter heard the shots and made me aware of it,” he told Ammoland. “I truly believe God had called me to go there and stop it.”
Despite the fact that 26 people did die in the attack, Willeford continued to play the same divine intervention card.
“I wasn’t scared at all. I was terrified. But the Holy Spirit was with me, telling me not to concern myself with the bullets coming my way, but to do what he sent me to do,” he said.
“It is easy to blame the gun for the shooting because it takes away the responsibility of each individual for their actions. It is actually a matter of the heart, good vs. evil,” he said. “That is a lot harder to fix. This country needs to go back to what God values, life. From conception to death. Until we can instill that in our society, these incidents will continue. Life matters — all lives.”
“All lives” matter, said the man who recently took a life.
Willeford is put forth as the best example of a good guy with a gun, but the fact is that he wasn’t able to stop dozens of people from dying. Moreover, the concept itself has been criticized by those who say more guns is not the solution, especially because the cops might shoot the wrong person if they happen to have a weapon. This has actually happened. In another case, the good guy with a gun shot himself and his wife.
In the end, we probably still haven’t hit on the solution to ending all mass shootings. Still, though, I can promise you that it’s not “God.”
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