Texas Church Shooting – Those Second Amendment Rights

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Clearly it’s appalling that people should just be allowed to have their own guns. Protection should be reserved to the police force who will know when armed force is necessary, in defence of what, and when matters can just be allowed to continue. And don’t you forget that government knows this better than you do.

Except, well:

A gunman has opened fire in a church in Texas, fatally shooting two people before being killed by an armed member of the congregation.

The gunman stood up from a pew at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, pulled out a shotgun and began firing.

A motive has not been established for the shooting, which lasted six seconds.

Sex seconds is a rather better reaction time than the police are likely to manage.

Two parishioners have shot and killed a gunman who opened fire at a church in Texas, in an attack in which two others died.

The gunman fired once after entering the West Freeway Church of Christ, in White Settlement, a suburb northwest of Fort Worth, before members of the church retaliated to stop him, police said.

Sex seconds.

Dang that Second Amendment, eh?

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Of course a Texan might bring a weapon to church (and you never hear about parishioner gunplay, no matter how poor the sermon). But a shotgun? That is both ostentatious (like bringing a large teddy bear to services) and relatively non-lethal. Unless the reporter didn’t know what a “shotgun” is, and used the term for any gun that can be shot. PS – The Twittersphere is going crazy just about a town called White Settlement. How dare we have such a past?

Boganboy
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You’re making me think Johnny Howard’s gun bans in Oz were a bad idea!! For shame.

Mr Yan
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Thank goodness the gun bans in the UK have stopped the shootings in Manchester and Birmingham on a regular basis.

Spike
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Spike

“It is irrational, with all due respect to the Governor of Texas, it’s irrational what they’re doing. … And we’re talking about loosening access to have guns? Being able to take them into places of worship, store them in schools, it’s just absolutely irrational.” – Joe Biden, earlier this year

Pcar
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Pcar

“Sex seconds”

Feeling virile today are we?

TD
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TD

I always thought it ironic that the Brits were responsible for the second amendment.

David Moore
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David Moore

Rather interesting how The Guardian has reacted. I especially like the new term ‘gun violence deaths’, which seems to be a vehicle to combine every single cause of death from a gun into one big, scary number, while avoiding any discussion over the causes of this violence.

The 500 murders in chicago this year is of no concern of course.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/30/texas-shooting-white-settlement-nra-guns

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Actually, very interesting what they have hidden in this bit; “Such instances of defensive firearm use are also rare in the larger landscape of America’s gun violence. According to the not-for-profit Gun Violence Archive, only 1,532 gun violence deaths in the US this year have been the result of defensive use, representing about 4% of the total number of such deaths.” Given there are nearly 40,000 ‘gun violence deaths’, of which nearly 3/4 are suicides or accidents and the number of actual murders is around 12,000, that 1,532 number is well over 10%. That’s a very significant percentage, and does… Read more »

Spike
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Lefties specialize in blurring dissimilar things and attaching a recommended emotion to the resulting stereotype. Homelessness, opioid crisis, LGBTQ, Dreamers.

You’re right about the big, scary number and Tim posts about it this morning: https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/crime/the-guardian-on-the-texas-church-shooting-not-even-the-right-number/