There was almost a mass shooting on Sunday at a church in Texas (Fox News). A man in a long coat pulled out a shotgun and shot one of the 240 parishioners. Within seconds, a man in the congregation named Jack Wilson stood up and took a single shot. The shooter was struck in the head and his shooting spree was abruptly ended.
Most people aren’t going to hear about this story because the mass shooting never happened. Most of those that do hear about it are going to use this to promote having a heavily armed citizenry. While I do agree that citizens should be well armed, I’d rather use this story to emphasize the importance of being well-trained with a gun. Jack only needed a single bullet to end the shooting spree.
USA Today recently reported, “The FBI fielded more than 200,000 background checks on Black Friday gun purchases, continuing a steady surge this year following a series of mass shootings that have renewed calls for more restrictive gun laws…. While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales… [t]he number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.”
Sites like Breitbart noted that there were enough gun sales on Black Friday to arm every member of the Marine Corps. But it’s not enough for America to simply have lots of guns. America needs to know how to safely and responsibly use those weapons. Misuse of weapons and poor judgement behind the trigger only lends those who hate the 2nd Amendment fodder for their push to disarm Americans. We need to be armed, trained, and talk more about these types of stories.
Jacob is Financial Economics major in his senior year at Brigham Young University–Idaho and a Senior Intern over Development and Digital Operations at the Madison Liberty Institute. He was raised in Mesa, Arizona and currently serves as the Director of Outreach for the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and as the Director of the Restoration Generation. He is a researcher and has assisted with various projects, such as the Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Project. Jacob is the oldest of seven siblings and his family currently lives in Queen Creek, Arizona.