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Texas Church Shootings Bring Calls for ‘Gun Control’ Before Facts are Known

Sunday, November 5, 2017 22:41
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By David Codrea

If breaking reports are accurate, the identified killer would have been a “prohibited person” due to a dishonorable discharge. Those calling for more laws will not be able to tell us what additional law would he have obeyed.

Ammoland Shooting SportsUSA – -( A mass shooting incident at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, has left at least 26 victims dead and another 20 wounded per reports emerging at this writing. An as-yet unidentified killer reportedly dressed in combat gear opened fire on worshipers indiscriminately murdering men, women and at least one child, the 14-year-old daughter of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who was in Oklahoma and not in attendance at the time.

As has come to be expected, the lack of announced facts from investigating authorities has not stopped commenters to various news stories and on social media from laying blame on guns, on gun owners and on the National Rifle Association. Naturally, the ever-opportunistic Shannon Watts could not resist the temptation to weigh in with typical condemnation of the right to keep and bear arms.

“If thoughts and prayers alone prevented gun violence, we wouldn’t be shot in places of worship,” she tweeted. “God calls on us to ACT.”

How? What does she suggest, specifically?

Further feling the hysteria to “do something” are calls from prominent Senate Democrats.

“Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) were among the Democrats who urged Congress to act in response to the latest deadly shooting,” The Hill is reporting:

“’I’m thinking of and praying for all those impacted by the shooting in Texas. In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence,’” Casey wrote in two separate tweets.”

Left unsaid is what “action” would have prevented this atrocity. That’s because none could have.

The easy go-to answers, “ban guns,” or ban types of guns, would not work. First, those who commit evil do not obey laws. Second, many good gun owners who realize that also would not obey such edicts, either, and not only because it’s a fundamental right.  History clearly shows greater evil is enabled whenever a “monopoly of violence” is imposed. Nature clearly shows that predators exploit defenselessness, and that when force is reduced to who is physically stronger, the weaker are reduced to prey.

Perhaps the best advice, especially when a story is breaking and media outlets are scrambling to out-compete each other with scoops and “firsts,” is to take a breath and slow down. Understand that initial reports will likely be wrong, and don’t be quick to buy into them.  We still don’t know much about Las Vegas, and the reasons for that are complex, and in some cases, leading to all kinds of speculation and rumor.

With that in mind, it would  be remiss not to pass along information reported  on the shooter, identified as dishonorably discharged and court-martialed “Devin Patrick Kelley,” and to note reports that he was drummed out of the service, meaning he was a prohibited person. Per ATF:

“The Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for certain categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person … who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions…”

This report is being filed on Sunday night. By the time it is published and read in the morning, much more should be known.  In the interim, the best way to keep up with it is to keep up with all the breaking news stories, which you can do via the Google News feed (or some other search engine if you prefer, using terms likely to produce comprehensive results:

“First Baptist Church” + “Sutherland Springs”

This just in– I’ve seen it on other sources and now see it corroborated on The Washington Post:

“As the gunman exited the church he was confronted by a local citizen who, armed with his own weapon, began firing at the gunman — prompting the suspect to flee in his vehicle. ‘The local citizen pursued him,’ said Freeman Martin, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Service, who said the gunman crashed off of the roadway about 11 miles north of the shooting scene and was later found there dead. ‘We don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by our local resident who engaged him in a gunfight.’”

That adds a very different perspective to this story.

One thing that will remain constant even as the narrative develops and changes is a basic truth, one Ms. Watts and gun-blaming Democrats purposely leave out of their declarations of piety and prayer – a constant from a 1747 sermon by Presbyterian Rev. Gilbert Tennant:

“He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one who has no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God has enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself.”

Decide for yourself whether you consider Shannon Watts and gun-grabbng Democrats to be the superior authorities here.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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  • curious

    Oh BOY… another Crisis actor hero planted in the picture. Looks Like the Boston Marathon Bombing FBI/CIA/MOSSAD/ DARK CABAL deadly False Flag FARCE….ALL OVER AGAIN…. Suck up another shot of BULLSHIT AMERICA. OPENNNNN WIIIIDE!!

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