As a member of the law enforcement community, the crime in Sutherland Springs hit me hard. My job is to protect what’s best about America. What could be better than hard-working rural Americans gathering to worship their God on a Sunday morning? The residents of a small South Texas town were practicing their faith believing, perhaps, that mass murder doesn’t knock on the door of Small Town America. Their rude awakening made me wonder: is anything sacred?
What hit me even harder: members of the mainstream media and politicians using this tragedy as an excuse to strip Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. The bodies of the victims weren’t even cool as the enemies of freedom began dancing in the victims’ blood. There needs to be more gun control, another assault weapon ban, a “high-capacity” magazine ban, “universal” background checks, outright restrictions and suspension of civil rights.
To be fair, the press have reported the actions of the two small town Americans that stepped up to the plate and took action: Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff. Two Texans who saw their neighbors being attacked by a ruthless and heartless person and both said enough was enough — if they even needed to think about it. They engaged the gunman and chased him until he died. They did it with their own privately owned gun, exercising their civil rights to counter an imminent threat of grievous bodily harm or death.
The San Antonio police — some thirty miles from Sutherland Springs — didn’t respond to the crime scene in time to stop the act of violence on that horrific Sunday morning. The Wilson County Sheriff’s office — based in Floresville, about 13 miles from Sutherland Springs — didn’t arrive at the crime scene to stop the act of violence on that horrific Sunday morning.
That’s what Mr. Willeford and Mr. Langendorff did. They stopped the violence.
Seeing his fellow Texans being attacked, Mr. Willeford grabbed his rifle and engaged the gunman (I refuse to say his name). According to news sources, that Sutherland Springs resident hit the gunman causing him to drop his rifle. Furthermore, Mr. Willieford continued to engage the gunman as he fled in his vehicle, shooting out his vehicle’s back window.
Another Sutherland Springs resident, Johnnie Langendorff, also swung into action:
“I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being the citizen of the community. The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, the other gentleman came and said we need to pursue him. And that’s what I did, I just acted.”
He said he did not know Mr. Willeford:
“He was just a member of the community and he came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon. He explained very quickly what happened. He got into the truck and I knew that it was time to go.”
The gunman was chased and eventually crashed. Mr. Langendorff said Mr. Willeford walked up to the gunman’s vehicle with his gun drawn and the suspect didn’t move. They stayed there for at least five minutes, until police arrived.
“It was strictly just acting on what’s the right thing to do,” Mr Langendorff said.
These two men likely saved lives by force of arms, as our Founding Fathers intended. They defended themselves and their fellow man without regard to whether or not they had the power of the state behind them.
Again, my heart goes out to the residents and victims of Sutherland Springs, Texas. My eternal disgust and condemnation to those dancing in the blood of the victims of this horrific act to further their statist agenda. To rob Americans of their individual right to keep and bear arms.
Stay safe, stay armed, and stay American, in heart and spirit.