David Koch must be having a nervous breakdown.
The Australian media, that was doing their best to spin the vehicle attack in New York a few days prior, went back to their usual schtick of trying to bash gun owners as soon as news broke of the horrific shooting by Devin Patrick Kelly, claiming the lives of 26 people at the Sutherland Springs Church in Texas on Sunday.
Kelly was disqualified from legally owning a firearm due to a dishonourable discharge incurred while a member of the USAF. It was revealed later that this was not uploaded into the NICS system by the USAF, therefore, gun control failed. Bureaucracy failing to deter illegal firearms? Sounds a bit like Victoria Police LRD’s ongoing investigation at the moment.
That also didn’t stop the usual calls for “muh gun control” from the usual outlets and talking heads. However, as the tragedy unfolded in the Sutherland Springs, there was another story making waves which the Australian media was doing their best to bury.
It was the heroic actions of two gentlemen – Stephen Willeford and Johnny Langendorff that wiped the snarky retorts of “where was your good guy with a gun” and Waleed Aly’s smug grin right away.
Watch the interview with Langendorff:
And the Texas Department of Public Safety:
The best part? Willeford was an ex-NRA instructor:
“Stephen Willeford, who is described as a former NRA instructor, grabbed an AR-15 when he discovered a man was shooting up the church and ran to the scene to stop him.
“I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots – just ‘pop pop pop pop’ and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren’t just random shots,” Willeford told 4029 News. “He saw me and I saw him. I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover,” Willeford said. “I know I hit him. He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.”
Willeford engaged Kelly and managed to hit him, forcing Kelly into his truck (where more firearms were stored) and a pursuit with Langendorff and Willeford ensued which ended with Kelly’s vehicle going off-road and being held at gunpoint until Police arrived. It is believed Kelly shot himself and died at some point towards the end of the pursuit.
That didn’t stop the Australian media trying to make this somehow about “muh gun control.” Newscorp’s Emma Reynolds tried to spin this into something about Chicago gun laws and completely failed to mention the FOID system and what is actually required to own a firearm in Chicago, as well as citing comedian Andy Richter as one of her sources. Jim Jefferies unavailable?
So to sum up: A mass shooting was committed by a felon with illegally acquired firearms that background checks failed to pick up due to a failure of bureaucracy, on a soft target and was stopped by a good guy with a gun (an AR-15 no less), who just happened to be an ex-NRA instructor.
Every Australian journalists’ head has collectively exploded. Not to mention Sam Lee and David Shoebridge.
Then there were the snarky retorts of “oh only after 26 people got killed”. What kind of morbid logic is this? So these guys should not have intervened and left Kelly to escape and continue the slaughter here or elsewhere? Or should they have just stood by and waited for the Police to turn up 30 minutes too late and screamed “your gun is illegal and murder is illegal” at Kelly until then?
That didn’t seem to work at the Lindt Café.
Most of these shootings and mass casualty attacks are complete ambushes – no-one is expecting them. Believe it or not, these are incredibly difficult to survive for even seasoned soldiers and police. The throng of armchair critics who moralise that in a situation like that they would prefer to be unarmed and have no chance to survive, is really quite ridiculous and quite frankly, aren’t to be taken seriously.
Imagine if someone like Willeford or Langendorff had been at Port Arthur: would you prefer they have not intervened?
This could’ve easily been 50 or 100 people killed going off what Kelly allegedly had access to in his vehicle. If this was Australia, chances are Willeford and Langendorff could have been charged with murder and been dragged through 2 or 3 years of legal battles.
Gun control didn’t stop Kelly, but it may have prevented Willeford from intervening. Some Australians need to have a think about that when it comes to self-defence. As we have said before, Australians honestly have no business lecturing Americans on self-defence, when we are a country that essentially punishes people for protecting themselves and doesn’t trust them with owning so much as a pepper spray.
Our sincere condolences to the victims of this terrible tragedy and we hope they are able to access the support they need. Our utmost respect and thanks to the heroic actions of Johnny Langendorff and Stephen Willeford for intervening and ending this abhorrent act.
Give these two guys a medal.
Give the Australian media their medication.