Michael Bloomberg on Texas Church Shooting: Congregants Should Not Be Armed

Pastor Cory Respondek poses with his Ruger handgun at his Living Water Church in Cahokia, Ill., just east of St. Louis, on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. An Illinois state lawmaker is proposing adding churches to a list of places where firearms toted publicly under the state's new concealed-carry law would …
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Democrat presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg asserts that law enforcement should be armed, not church congregants.

The former New York City mayor’s assertion came after acknowledging that a church congregant in White Settlement, Texas, shot and killed an attacker on December 29, 2019.

President Trump reacted to the takedown of the gunman by praising armed “heroes” for saving an untold number of lives. Bloomberg reacted by stressing that being armed is a job for law enforcement, not church congregants:

Breitbart News reported that Jack Wilson was one of many who were armed when the attacker rose up and began shooting. Wilson’s quick actions took out the attacker within seconds:

Texas Department of Safety Director Joeff Williams applauded the armed congregants for their resolve in quickly ending the attack. ABC News quoted him saying, “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners. That might get swept aside in this whole conversation about active shooter response, and God knows law enforcement has done a whole bunch of work to make our response better.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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