As odd it seems, bringing a firearm to a place of worship is the smartest thing a congregant can do in the present times. Shooters have grown bolder in recent years, with more attacks happening at churches, mosques, and temples. The shooters know these buildings are peaceful places where occupants are unlikely to be armed.
But the violent perpetrator who brought a gun into the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas on December 29, 2019, learned why you don’t mess with Texas. The church had an armed volunteer security team, and Jack Wilson, one of its trained members, killed the shooter with a single shot. Sadly, two other congregants were killed, but Wilson’s quick action undoubtedly saved the lives of an untold number of other worshippers.
Texas laws allow worshippers to come to their sanctuaries packing heat. We’ve gotten used to feeling unsafe at concerts and airports; do we really want to live in an America where we must arm ourselves in order to feel safe while worshipping our Creator? Will we all close our eyes in prayer with one hand on our hip holsters? Well, I’d rather be armed than not if there’s even a chance that a shooter might target the establishment.
Not every good guy has the same ability to save lives, though. Wilson was a trained gunman who made an accurate shot. Another armed worshipper might not have safely taken out a malicious shooter with that level of skill and swiftness. But anyone considering taking a gun to church and opening fire on a peaceful and unsuspecting group just learned last Sunday that they better not count on it anymore.