Concealed Carry Law That Stopped Texas Church Shooting Just Took Effect Recently

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:

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.

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.

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