President Donald Trump tweeted praise for the gun carry laws that enabled a former FBI agent-turned-volunteer security guard to take down the gunman in a fatal church shooting that left two people dead in Texas Sunday.
‘Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the congregation of yesterday’s church attack’, the president wrote in a tweet Monday night about the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement.
Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43, was identified as the shooter who opened fire opened fire at the church during services. His motive remains unclear.
Kinnunen has a lengthy criminal record which includes arrests for theft and aggravated assault.
Former FBI agent-turned-volunteer security guard Jack Wilson took the shooter down within six seconds.
Kinnunen was alleged to have open fire in the church, taking the lives of Anton ‘Tony’ Wallace, 64, and Richard White, 67, who also was volunteer security guard.
‘It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers’, Trump said.
‘Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry arms!’
West Freeway Church of Christ Senior Minister Britt Farmer also praised Texas gun laws in a news conference following the shooting.
‘We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse’, Farmer said. ‘I am thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.’
A recent law passed in Texas, Senate bill 535 which was approved this past September, allows state residents to carry firearms openly in places of worship.
Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, told Fox News Monday that he hopes the gun law that prevented further carnage at West Freeway Church will end up a model for other churches and states.
Paxton said the law likely saved ‘many people in the church’.
‘We cannot stop every incident, and we can’t change the fact that there are people who are mentally ill.’
‘Let’s face it — this is going to happen again. We need to be prepared.’
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Source: Daily Mail