Heroes ID’d in east Texas tragedy…

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Thank God for good people with guns. Heroes. That is the lesson from the latest mass-shooting spree at a Baptist Church in the small Texas country town of Sutherland Springs, population 362, just west of San Antonio. As for Obama, the enemy within, he never budges from his ‘ban the guns’ screed. Here’s how Daniel Greenfield describes his response in the body of his article coming up:

“After the shooting, Obama took a break from pushing ObamaCare to tweet, “May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.” His prayer was that whatever higher power he believes in convince us to accept his agenda”. [end]

To which, perhaps, the best response to that was from long-time commenter ‘Wolfie’ with this gem in the comments thread:

“Will this evil man ever stop spreading his hatred of America? I, for one, am sick to death of hearing his screed. He tried, and failed, to end the experiment in democratic Republicanism in America. His successor failed to get elected, due to her laziness and stupidity. His entire failing party from Gyorgy Schwartz-Soros all the way on down continues to deny the results of the election, and encourages violence in the name of “progressivism”.

“Concerning the latest shooting in Texas, one good man with a gun (one of two heroes) can make a difference. Sounds like a Western, I know, but it’s true and a place where we all at one point or another, found our own heroes. I believe that the idiot former airman, the shooter Kelley, would have killed every person in that church, had the brave neighbor not done his duty to take up his weapon and dispatch the murderer. From one American to another – God bless him!” [end]

Then there’s the interview with the other of the two heroes, Johnnie Langendorff coming up, the man who drove the good guy with the gun as they both pursued Kelley the suspect as he fled the church. But first, let’s go straight to Daniel Greenfield and his take on it all, beginning with his opener in FrontPageMagazine, “Heroes arise in a small Texas town”…

Daniel Greenfield…

In moments of terror, the killer in black mowed down 26 victims in and near the small white church off Old Highway 87. The victims behind the church’s red door were as young as 5 years old.

And then the killing at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs stopped.

A neighbor had found his own rifle and opened fire on the killer. Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old man identified as the gunman, dropped his weapon and fled. And at least one local resident, if not more, followed in pursuit. Kelley was later found dead with his massacre cut short by a local hero.

Evil knows no geography. A mass murderer can take over two dozen lives in fifteen seconds. The worst humanity is capable of can appear in a tiny town of a few hundred. And another man can save a dozen more lives in even less time. And the best humanity is capable of can also come to life in that tiny town.

Sutherland Springs, a town hastily named when the post office came calling, is a reminder that the great dramas of human life don’t just happen in big cities where millions of people swarm the streets. They can happen in the smallest and the most overlooked places in the heat of a lazy Sunday morning.

History appeared to have passed Sutherland Springs by since its days as a resort town. But there is no place so forgotten that it cannot serve as the stage for a confrontation between good and evil.

Devin Kelley, the monster in black who came through that red door, had been court martialed by the Air Force for domestic violence. The man who had abused his wife and child thought he would show the world how tough he was by gunning down unarmed women and children. But once a few shots were fired in his direction, Kelley turned and ran. Mass shooters aren’t courageous, they’re cowards.

There is a reason that they choose targets that they expect will be unarmed and unable to fight back.  Devin Kelley had spent a little time in the Air Force. And had then been locked away for a year for attacking his family. At First Baptist, Kelley thought he had his perfect target. He murdered children and the elderly. But when the gun swung his way, he fled and didn’t stop until he could go no more.

After this latest massacre, the discussion will inevitably turn to gun control. But it isn’t guns that need controlling. People either control their worst selves. Or they don’t. The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs shootings showed us that in the brutal collision between two men.

Some men shoot the innocent. Others risk their lives to stop them.

Johnnie Langendorff was driving by the scene of the Sutherland Springs Church shooting when he witnessed shooter Devin Patrick Kelley exchanging gunfire with another man. After Kelley fled the scene, Langendorff and the man chased after the killer in his truck.

KSAT reports:

“Summer Caddel said her boyfriend, Johnnie Langendorff, called her moments after the shooting at First Baptist Church and told her that he saw a gunfight between the shooter and a neighbor, who was returning fire.

“Langendorff then told Caddel the suspect — identified as Devin Kelley — then got into an SUV and drove away, and the two gave chase.

“While on the phone with 911, Langendorff told his girlfriend the chase came to an end near a sharp curve near country roads 307 and 539.

“Caddel understood that to mean that Kelley crashed. Moments later law enforcement officers arrived, she said.

“She also said she has not spoken to her boyfriend in hours and that his phone was taken as evidence.[end]


The video is of ‘so-so’ quality, likely because of the reporter being on location, but these are the kinds of heroes that you never hear much about, until something like this happens. Western heroes, at their best … “yes sir, no sir; aw shucks, I was just helpin’ out, doin’ what needed to be done..”


To read Daniel Greenfield to conclusion simply click on the Logo…


Texas hero: Why wouldn’t you take him down?

See also Conservative Treehouse: Texas Heroics

Thomas Lifson: Dems and media rush to politicize Sutherland massacre

Claire Hawks: From my cold dead hands – Gun control calls in the wake of the Texas church massacre

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