Stephen Willeford Not the First Good Guy with a Gun

By Andrew O’Reilly, 11-9-17 at Fox News:

The armed civilian who used his AR-15 rifle to stop Sunday’s mass murder of 26 Texas churchgoers has been hailed, rightly, as a hero, but Stephen Willeford is hardly unique. A number of armed American citizens have also used their firearms to stop or limit mass killings.

As horrific as Kelley’s rampage was, it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for Stephen Willeford.

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team use metal detectors outside the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RC15DC1B1320

Experts may disagree on how the number of mass shootings stopped by civilians is counted. Do off-duty police officers count as civilians? What about military members? And how many people need to be killed or injured for it to be considered a mass shooting? But there are a number of incidents over the last 20 years where an armed bystander helped prevent further tragedy.

Here are a few examples of such incidents:

— In 1997, the assistant principal of Mississippi’s Pearl High School, Joel Myrick, used the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he kept in his truck to detain 16-year-old Luke Woodham after the teenager stabbed and bludgeoned to death his mother at home and killed two students and injured seven at the high school.

— A decade later, in 2007, Matthew Murray killed four people at Colorado Spring church before being shot by church member and volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam.

— Last April, an Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Chicago’s Logan Square.

— This September, an usher at a Tennessee church used his personal firearm to subdue a masked gunman who had already killed one woman in the church’s parking lot and injured six others inside.

Gun-rights advocates say that not only do these gun-carrying civilians prove that an armed populace can help mitigate the death toll of a mass shooter, but could also prevent mass shootings as a whole from happening.

Avery Gardiner, the co-president of the Brady Campaign, said in a statement provided to Fox News. “Put simply, the myth that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun is unsupported by facts or research. The killer in this mass shooting should never have had access to a gun in the first place, given his criminal record.”

“These killers all say they target places where people normally don’t carry guns,” John Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said. “So concealed-carry acts as a deterrent to these killers and would also stop these shootings from being much worse.”


We can all agree that the shooter shouldn’t have possessed the weapons he did, but the truth is he had them. He gamed an imperfect system, but if that hadn’t worked, he would have found another way.

For Gardiner to say that the good guy with a gun statement isn’t supported by research, tells us that like many others, he is refusing to accept the facts. We just quoted four examples above and others are easy to find if one is willing to look.

That’s one of the many problems with libs – they get stuck on their own myth and refuse to accept facts proving otherwise.


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8 replies

  1. Avery Gardiner, the co-president of the Brady Campaign:

    >>“The killer in this mass shooting should never have had access to a gun in the first place, given his criminal record.”

    The failures of those who were supposed to be responsible for ensuring that the Texas church shooter couldn’t have guns only underscores what a dangerous idea it is to propose banning guns in a country where hundreds of millions of guns already exist. A gunless society is a fantasy that’s never going to happen, and so we’re back to the irrefutable truism: “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”

    What is the Brady Campaign’s answer to this truism, I’d like to know? How do their great fantasies deal with this simple fact?

    If the Brady Campaign wants to do something useful it should use its influence to demand accountability from those who dropped the ball in the Texas church shooter case. Otherwise they should just be quiet.


    • That’s the problem with gun grabbers – they don’t want to do something useful. Instead they just want to disarm everyone because they don’t like guns, therefore nobody should have one. Never mind the fact that guns can save lives too.


  2. Actually, tomorrow I’m posting another article listing a dozen defensive uses of a gun to stop a bad guy and in my commentary, I provide a link to a site (Defensive Gun Use) that lists HUNDREDS of incidents when a good guy/gal with a gun stopped some evil-doer from doing evil. If one of these skeptics had the guts to check it out they will see that Mr. Gardiner’s claim is (to put it politely) a CROCK!


  3. Leftists are not right in the head or else they lie. Maybe a little of both. It’s always a good guy with a gun that stops the killing.


  4. Actually, the “myth” that the only thing stopping a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun happens to be universally true.

    Why are cops excluded from that “good guy” category?

    IN EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE I can think of, the shooter continued his actions until an armed good guy showed up, whether that good guy was a cop OR a civilian.

    By excluding cops from that category, we cede part of the argument to the idiot gun-grabbers.


    • Exactly Brian, and you notice it’s the Brady bunch that keep referring to it as a myth. It’s that same old lib tactic of repeating a lie so often it becomes the truth – problem is, they’re the only ones who believe it’s a myth. The rest of us have accepted the facts – good guys make a difference.

      I don’t think the author is excluding the cops, rather he’s questioning the parameters for determining who the ‘good guys’ are. In my book they’re at the top of the list – at least most of them.


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