Just over a month after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in Nevada, another tragic incident unfolded in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man walked into a local church and opened fire, killing 26 and injuring 20.
While that body count is high enough to be considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history, the body count could have been higher had had local residents not intervened.
After hearing shots, one man grabbed his own AR-15 and exchanged gunfire with the shooter causing him to flee the scene.
A good guy with a gun is the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun
The two mass shootings that have taken place over the past five weeks are prime examples. No matter if anyone was armed in the crowd, the Las Vegas shooting would have been extremely difficult to mitigate. Someone shooting from a fortified position on high ground, under cover of darkness, is an incredibly difficult target.
It’s probably correct that more guns would not likely have made a difference in Las Vegas. An armed police response was the only solution.
Nonetheless, the Texas shooting shows the merit of the “fight gun violence with more guns” argument. The actions taken by a yet to be identified hero prove that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Armed intervention by private citizens lead to the Texas shooter’s demise
A shoe-less hero came to the rescue and exchanged fire with the shooter outside of the church.
Following a brief gunfight, the shooter got into his vehicle and fled the scene. Johnnie Langendorff, another good Samaritan who happened to be driving by, offered the first a ride and the two pursued the shooter at speeds of up to 95 miles an hour.
Following a brief chase, the shooter eventually lost control of his car and drove into a ditch. The two men who pursued him kept a rifle trained on the crashed car as they waited for police to arrive on the scene.
These men’s actions are nothing short of heroic. They exemplify the behavior of the 10s of millions of gun owners in the United States. Gun control advocates should remember their actions when they claim that more guns don’t save lives.