At least two dozen people, many children, were slaughtered by a madman as they attended their church services in Sutherland Springs, TX. We pray for the repose of their souls and peace for their families and friends. This isn't the first such shooting and regrettably it won't be the last.
Even more regrettable is the immediate politicizing of this tragedy by the left. Their rants must be answered, lest we allow them once again to seize control of national conversations and debate. Immediately the yap and yammer sounded anew for more gun control, vilifying the National Rifle Association and the GOP in the process. I suspect now that more details have come to light, the left might soon have to shut their mouths in embarrassment. Or maybe they won't, arrogant lemmings that many of them are.
The now-dead assailant, Devin Patrick Kelley, was in the Air Force, but was court-martialed for assaulting his baby step-son, fracturing his skull. He also harrassed numerous ex-girlfriends. The Air Force gave him a "dishonorable discharge". Obviously already-existing gun laws should have prevented him from obtaining firearms. However, the Air Force did not communicate the convictions to the NICS database. So now it must be asked that if the federal government (and the military is part and parcel of that) is so negligent about this facet of the law, why, oh why, would we think additional laws will help?
But the godless left continue to chant their talking points. Chelsea Handler (whoever she is) didn't wait one hour after the reports broke to blame Republicans for the shooting. In her warped view, a Republican decided to shoot up a church whose congregation most likely leaned Republican. The evidence on that page seems to indicate that the shooter had leftward leanings; he was atheist. Showing that they share Kelley's atheistic world view, Democrats displayed their atheistic depravity for all to see; one Democrat legislator walked out when a moment of silence for the victims was called.
Of course now there's kvelling for more gun control. Some even opine that the National Rifle Association has some blood-guilt for the massacre. BUT - the facts contradict this implausible theory. I think we can thank the internet for announcing these facts, because the lamebrain-mainstream media would not have done so on their own.
The Texas Rangers gave a press conference regarding the sequence of events. According to them, Kelley's rampage was cut short when a neighbor grabbed his own AR rifle and shot Kelley. He then fled and the man took up the chase. This is why the Second Amendment exists. Sunday's death toll might have been much higher if an armed citizen had not been able to intervene. But there are more details.
The citizen's name is Stephen Willeford and (liberals, please be seated and have smelling salts ready) he is a former NRA instructor and Christian to boot! OK! So an atheistic leftist, dishonorably discharged from the military shoots up a Christian church and is stopped by an armed Christian man. Perhaps this is why Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton poo-poos the idea of more gun control and instead advocates for more armed law-abiding citizens.
Now I bet some of my readers are wondering what this has to do with Catholicism and being faithful to the Teachings of Christ. Simply this. I've no doubt that some leftist bishops are going to sniff about the "need" to confiscate weapons. Should they do so, they'll be engaging in blatant deception, just as their democrat "sugar daddies" and "puppet masters" are doing. Yesterday Ted Cruz revealed how Democrats filibustered legislation that he authored, legislation that would have prevented Kelley, an already-convicted felon, from buying guns. That fact will be conveniently ignored as they seek to hinder our rights to self-defense - the same rights that allowed Stephen Willeford to stop Devin Patrick Kelley. To the extent that they've already succeeded in some localities, it is they who have blood on their hands - and that includes the gun-control freaks who are to be found among the nation's bishops.
Here are two different takes on whether or not church attendees should be armed. See here and here. Under no circumstances should churches forbid legal carrying in their buildings. In doing so, they are leaving their congregations vulnerable.