- Lighthouse Mexico Church of God also offers training. Programs are designed to teach self defense and help identify any suspicious behavior
Spectrum News reports:
New York – There has been a lot of reaction to the mass shooting at a Texas church last weekend. Much of it has been centered around the push for more gun control.
One Oswego County group is inviting its members to bring their guns to services. Pastor Ronald Russell preaches at the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God. A sign in front of the building reads that it is “not a gun free zone.”
The church began to openly allow guns after the South Carolina church shooting in 2015. Russell says he knew that other church shootings would follow like that in Texas last week, so this is a protective measure for the church.
He says it’s about keeping his church members safe.
“Times are changing,” said Russell. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”
The church also offers training. Programs are designed to teach self defense and help identify any suspicious behavior.
Stephen Willeford : ‘I’m No Hero. My God Protected Me,’ Says ex-NRA Instructor Who Shot Texas Church Killer
“I’m no hero. I’m not,” Stephen Willeford told 40/29 News reporter Joshua Cole in a video interview on Monday. “I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills I needed to do what needed to be done.”
The Sutherland Springs man who came face-to-face with a madman who killed 26 people in a Texas church says God protected him and gave him the skills he needed to stop more deaths. The former NRA instructor engaged Devin Patrick Kelley as he exited the church.
TEXAS HEROES WHO TACKLED CHURCH SHOOTER DEVIN KELLEY: Johnnie Langendorff and unnamed man with rifle
( Daily Mail ) Two heroic locals have been praised for stopping the worst mass shooting in Texas which left at least 27 dead.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when a local man grabbed his rifle.
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said that the neighbor, who has not yet been named, had ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.’
Kelley fled the skirmish and got back in his SUV to flee the scene, Martin said.
But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, had witnessed the gun battle and both he and the unnamed neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase.
In a Facebook post, Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddel described how the pair had ‘jumped in my boyfriend’s truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!’
Langendorff told ABC 12 that he’d been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while the neighbor kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.
TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTER DEVIN PATRICK KELLEY WAS COURT MARTIALED, PREACHED ATHEISM ONLINE BEFORE RAMPAGE
( Daily Mail ) The Texas church shooter who mercilessly shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an ‘outcast’ who ‘preached his atheism’ online.
Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird’.
Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with the killer, told DailyMail.com: ‘He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed.
‘He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.
‘I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.
Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
( Heavy ) Devin P. Kelley, who was court martialed from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and murdered at least 26 people, wounding many more in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.
The shooter’s name was reported through sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.”
- The Shooter, Who Showed Off a Photo of a Rifle on Facebook, Once Taught Bible School
- The Gunman, Who Is From Comal County, Once Wrote That He Lived By the Air Force’s ‘Core Values’
- The Gunman Was Dressed All in Black & He Wrote That He Did Not Fear Death
- Multiple Children Were Among the Victims, Including the Pastor’s Teenage Daughter
- People Wrote Frightened Messages on Social Media As News of the Shooting Broke
TEXAS CHURCH MASSACRE: 27 DEAD INCLUDING PASTOR’S DAUGHTER, GUNMAN DEVIN KELLEY – DISCHARGED FROM AIR FORCE – SHOT DEAD BY COPS
( Daily Mail ) The mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 – including a two-year-old child – has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.
Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.
The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.
Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy.
It’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.
San Antonio police raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.
Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h.’
- “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” the church leaders said, according to the Washington Times. “Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”
( Daily Caller ) The Virginia church that George Washington attended for two decades plans to tear out a memorial to the nation’s first president because the plaque could make some worshipers feel “unsafe or unwelcome.”
Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., where Washington became a founding member in 1773, will remove his memorial and a similar one to Robert E. Lee, the Washington Times reported. Church leaders say the memorials, which sit to the left and right of the altar, have become too divisive and might be discouraging parishioners from attending services.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” the church leaders said, according to the Washington Times. “Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”
The church’s decision to remove the plaques puts it at the center of a nationwide debate over the display of memorials to important American historical figures whose acts or statements didn’t comport with today’s social norms. Many groups have protested against public memorials to Confederate generals, such as Robert E. Lee, and also to transformative presidents such as Washington, Andrew Jackson and even Abraham Lincoln.