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    A man with a shotgun came into a church service in White Settlement Texas, gun blazing. Armed parishioners (the church's volunteer security team made up of carrying citizens) shot and killed him before he could kill any more than the two he initially shot, preventing countless more deaths.


    A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back, police said.

    Authorities at a Sunday evening news conference praised the two congregants who opened fire as part of a volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement. It was unclear if the two people who were killed were the two who shot at the gunman.

    “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,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also hailed the state’s gun laws.

    Britt Farmer, senior minister of the church, said, “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse.”

    Authorities said there were more than 240 parishioners in the West Freeway Church at the time of the shooting.

    White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering said the gunman had sat down in a pew before getting up, taking out a shotgun and firing at a parishioner, who was killed. He said the church’s security team then “eliminated the threat.”

    Officials have not released the names of the victims or the gunman. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said they’re working to identify the gunman’s motive, adding that he is “relatively transient” but had roots in the area.

    DeSarno also said the gunman had been arrested multiple times in the past but declined to give details.

    An elder at the church told the New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend.

    “He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us,” said the elder, Mike Tinius.

    “It’s extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence,” he said.

    Tinius said he didn’t know the gunman and that the shooting appeared to be random.

    A woman who answered the phone at the West Freeway Church of Christ told the AP she could not answer any questions and that she was told to direct inquiries to authorities.

    In a livestream of the church service, the gunman can be seen getting up from a pew and talking to someone at the back of the church before pulling out a gun and opening fire. Parishioners can then be heard screaming and seen ducking under pews or running as papers fly to the floor.


    Two people with minor injuries that were sustained while ducking for cover were treated at the scene, MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokeswoman Macara Trusty said.

    Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state to pray for the victims, their loved ones and the community of White Settlement, about 8 miles (12 kilometers) west of Fort Worth.

    “Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” Abbott said in a tweeted statement.

    It is not the first deadly shooting to take place at a church in Texas. In November 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on the congregation at a church in Sutherland Springs, killing more than two dozen worshippers, before taking his own life. And in 1999, a gunman killed seven people in Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth before detonating an explosive device and killing himself.

    Sunday’s shooting in Texas was also the second attack on a religious gathering in the U.S. in less than 24 hours. On Saturday night, a man stabbed five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City.

    https://apnews.com/f254ff50cdaf3c8ec9fc4a2ebf0b8cda
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  • #2
    The Pastor thanked the Governor for people having the right to protect themselves.

    The poster child idiot

    FLASHBACK: Biden Slams Texas for ‘Totally Irrational’ Law Letting People Carry Guns in Church

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    • #3
      Tragic situation, but good for the church members who fought back to defend their brothers and sisters.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike McK View Post
        Tragic situation, but good for the church members who fought back to defend their brothers and sisters.
        I watched the church video and he was taken down very quickly. How many bullets did he have ready to shoot?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mike McK View Post
          Tragic situation, but good for the church members who fought back to defend their brothers and sisters.
          LT said the church had a trained security group. They had a plan and from the first shot till the shooter was taken out was 6 seconds.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mike McK View Post
            Tragic situation, but good for the church members who fought back to defend their brothers and sisters.
            Yes, God bless and comfort the man who shot him in the head with one shot at that distance. God was guiding that bullet

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            • #7
              Originally posted by forwardinchrist48 View Post

              Yes, God bless and comfort the man who shot him in the head with one shot at that distance. God was guiding that bullet
              Gun control at its finest.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by awsmix View Post

                Gun control at its finest.





                Unfiltered by Fake News

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by awsmix View Post

                  Gun control at its finest.
                  I believe it was G. Gordon Liddy who said, "gun control is hitting what you shoot at." Levity aside, the incident displayed some remarkable discipline and marksmanship.
                  Test all things; hold fast that which is good. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Thistle View Post

                    I believe it was G. Gordon Liddy who said, "gun control is hitting what you shoot at." Levity aside, the incident displayed some remarkable discipline and marksmanship.
                    My son said he saw a video of the live feed of the actual shooting. It was taken down shortly after. He said the shots, three of them, sounded almost like an unbroken string. Bang..bang....bang, and it was over.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by awsmix View Post

                      My son said he saw a video of the live feed of the actual shooting. It was taken down shortly after. He said the shots, three of them, sounded almost like an unbroken string. Bang..bang....bang, and it was over.
                      It almost raises and ethical question as to whether those of us who don't carry a weapon should start. No doubt our hero was an extraordinary expert.
                      Test all things; hold fast that which is good. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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                      • #12
                        Well, in rethinking this, and I remember what 4Him said about gun free zones, this was an incident in which the shooter/murderer received swift juctice.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Only_3 View Post
                          Well, in rethinking this, and I remember what 4Him said about gun free zones, this was an incident in which the shooter/murderer received swift juctice.
                          No one is guaranteed a temporal Mulligan respecting their moral miss deeds. This fellow sad story, if it's proper to even call it sad, illustrates the point.
                          Test all things; hold fast that which is good. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Thistle View Post

                            It almost raises and ethical question as to whether those of us who don't carry a weapon should start. No doubt our hero was an extraordinary expert.
                            If memory serves me correctly from my military days, if I were armed with a 1911 auto my best bet would be to throw it at whomever I was being threatened by.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by awsmix View Post

                              If memory serves me correctly from my military days, if I were armed with a 1911 auto my best bet would be to throw it at whomever I was being threatened by.
                              I never served in the military but I've tried by hand at a 9 mm and I found that challenging to hit something with. So yeah I can imagine that the colt 1911 would be a challenge. That 1911 was a beautiful gun. I remember Gary Cooper carried it in a movie where he was a sergeant, military police, trying to deliver some prisoners to the fort across the desert. Can't remember the name of that movie.
                              Last edited by Thistle; 01-02-2020, 01:16 AM.
                              Test all things; hold fast that which is good. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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