Dale Woods - President, General Manager

Six seconds, first shot to last. It’s the kind of tragedy we’re seeing far too often. On Sunday, a gunman wearing a fake beard walked into a Texas church and killed two parishioners. But in six seconds, it was all over. That’s because the church had armed security volunteers. One of them didn’t hesitate to shoot back and kill the gunman.

Texas Church Shooting - 12-29-19

In this still frame from livestreamed video provided by law enforcement, churchgoers take cover while a congregant armed with a handgun, top left, engages a man who opened fire, near top center just right of windows, during a service at West Freeway Church of Christ, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. The footage was broadcast online by the church according to a law enforcement official, who provided the image to The Associated Press on condition on anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. (West Freeway Church of Christ/Courtesy of Law Enforcement via AP)

We should all pray for the victims, their families and the entire congregation. We should also give thanks to the Texas legislators who passed a law in September that allows armed guards in church. The second amendment guarantees us the right to bear arms, and laws need to be specific to be effective.

I know guns aren’t for everyone. That is probably best, because not everyone needs to have a gun. But, when a weapon is in the hands of a trusted, responsible, and trained marksman it makes us all safer. The security member who killed the gunman is also a firearms instructor. He prevented this tragedy from becoming a massacre. This story is about a hero and the bad guy is not the gun.

I’m Dale woods, and that’s my Point of View.

President, General Manager

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