Concealed Carry Law That Stopped Texas Church Shooting Just Took Effect Recently
Two Texas churchgoers have been credited with saving dozens of lives in a matter of seconds after a deranged man armed with a shotgun opened fire inside their place of worship. The shooting occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, TX yesterday and the unnamed gunman shot and killed two parishioners before two volunteer church security guards returned fire.
The shooting occurred around 10 a.m. CT and according to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, the incident was over within six seconds thanks to the quick response from armed parishioners.
Absent one law passed earlier this year, an untold number of congregants would’ve been killed.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed eight bills enhancing gun rights into law in June. On September 1st they all took effect. Senate Bill 535 in particular allowed Texans to carry guns in churches, synagogues and other places of worship, unless otherwise banned by those places with proper signage.
Meanwhile, here’s what the liberal brain trust had to say about people being armed in places of worship before yesterday’s tragedy:
After the Sutherland Springs Church shooting in Texas, Biden said that the man who shot the attacker should not have been armed
Why does Biden want Texas churchgoers to be unarmed?https://t.co/fv1mYG8rm8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 30, 2019
Years of defending 2A to liberals, but I say "don't bring guns to church" and I'm a pinko. Conservatives really have lost their minds.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 7, 2017
I'm sure Senate bill 535 will age well.. pic.twitter.com/p1VirEQ8Lt
— Sandra Spring (@sandys1_) August 10, 2019
#Texas is a state so out of touch with reality that it makes your head spin. A day after the #Odessa shooting, the state did not restrict gun access, it EXPANDED it. Texas Senate Bill 535 now even allows people to bring their guns to churches. To protect them, mind.
— Neil Naessens (@medjak40) September 8, 2019
Surprisingly the dumbest take came after the shooting. Gun control advocate Shannon Watts seemed to argue that this shooting was somehow enabled by the law allowing firearms into church. For some reason she’s under the impression that absent Senate Bill 535, the shooter would’ve instead arrived at the church only to realize that he wasn’t allowed to bring his gun inside, before calling it a day and heading home.
.@KenPaxtonTX shouldn’t be shocked by the church shooting in White Settlement. As Texas Attorney General, he specifically made sure that guns are allowed inside churches in the state: https://t.co/wBlzuBpGZt #txlege https://t.co/lLGfMgYD2S
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 29, 2019
In stark contrast, Sen. Donna Campbell, a co-sponsor of the bill, said at the time “We have learned many times over that there is no such thing as a gun-free zone. Those with evil intentions will violate the law and carry out their heinous acts no matter what. It makes no sense to disarm the good guys and leave law-abiding citizens defenseless where violent offenders break the law to do great harm.”
Tragically, now we know who was right.