CCW Holder Shoots Back at Mass Shooter in Houston

Maybe you heard on the news about the shooting in Houston that killed two people and injured six more. The media isn't hesitant to point out any shootings in this country. You probably however missed any mention of the name Byron Wilson.

On that May 2016 Sunday a man opened fire randomly on bystanders. The shooter, a battle tested Army veteran of multiple tours in Afghanistan was firing with a AR-15 variant. We still don't have a lot of details about the gun used or the number of shots fired but…

We know the shooter knows how to use the gun and was likely suffering from PTSD…

We know the shooter wasn't hesitant to fire… look at the number of holes in this police car:

houston shooting police car bullets

Image from ABC 13 – Houston

We know that 8 people were shot by the shooter before ultimately police gunned him down.

We also know that Byron Wilson is a hero. Byron responded to the threat by drawing his own legally concealed handgun and firing back. Byron was shot three times by the shooter and is expected to live. What role did Byron's actions have in stopping or slowing down the shooter? We still don't know. What is clear is that the media isn't saying a word about it AND Byron most certainly did respond and almost positively did have a role in saving lives that day.

Hats off to Byron Wilson and our prayers to his family and the families of all those who were killed or injured in this tragedy.

About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Jay on June 6, 2016 at 6:20 am

    With very little information out about this person I will say this, he has balls of steal! Using a handgun against an AR15 is a very bad situation to be in.

    • James on June 7, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Very brave man. There’s a gofundme set up to help him and his family.

    • Dennis East on June 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Comon sence librals bon’t understand!!!! That’s why Hilery is still able to have a chance!!! If your a lier I want nothing to do with you!! Bet the shotter lied!!

    • Dan Menard on June 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Jay, We have to recognize he did he best he could with what armament he had!
      May God speed his recovery from his wounds and someone please reload his gun!

    • Detroitheat on June 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      You are absolutely right, but I personally believe there should have been at least four or five more armed citizen drawing down on this person, and it’s a damned sham, that our Military veterans are not receiving the help that they have earned and deserve, and remember ((((( America Bless God and God Will Bless America )))))

  2. Gary M on June 9, 2016 at 10:18 am

    You are correct, not a word in the main stream media. This is true when the liberal media report stats on shootings. They fail to mention the number of incidents thwarted by folks with legally owned firearms. That number would probably surprise people who only see evil when talking about guns. Many a life has been saved or crimes prevented by citizens with legally owned and permitted firearms. Imagine for a moment if a person knew the likelihood that many people were armed, might they think twice about trying to shoot people or commit crimes. State after state that allows concealed or even open carry show crime and murder stats far below the national average. Another thought, ALL of the major urban areas under democrat control have the worst crime stats and the most illegal use of guns. I think there’s a connection. Their anti-gun ideology has clearly put the ave. citizen in greater danger.

    • StingraySWC on June 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Gary, no imagination necessary, it’s obvious by statistics that no perp would dare to open fire on others when he knows there are armed people there.

  3. snuffer358 on June 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Of course the media does not publish a law abiding citizen stepping in to help. It hurts their antigun agenda. Kudos to Byron Wilson for helping other citizens who were caught in the shooting. Media is a biased supported by communist jerks who want to disarm the American people. Hope a speedy recovery to Byron. God Bless him

  4. Frank on June 9, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Thank God for Byron Wilson and the second amendment

  5. Gary Barton on June 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

    The media and the left winger nuts do not want that kind of information out to the general population, because if the ordinary people hear the truth they would say guns are not to blame. They would thank people who have a permit to carry and know how to used it to save peoples lives.

    • Jim Coxen on June 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      No they don’t, BUT, they love it when someone tries to connect a shooter with PTSD, there isn’t one shred of evidence anyplace that says PTSD causes that kind of violent action. The comment made by Mr. Paulsen is not only the same line that the left pushes but is very irresponsible and damaging. Would you have all vets with PTSD disarmed?

      • Jacob Paulsen on June 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

        Jim, thanks for calling me out on that. Media received 1st hand reports from three people that told them that the shooter was suffering from PTSD. His father, his stepmother, and another soldier who served with him. So I agree that doesn’t amount to evidence per say but that was my source for including the detail in the story above. I certainly meant no disrespect or do I mean to suggest that that alone was all that is needed to explain his actions. PTSD is a real thing and I don’t think as a society we treat it with seriousness and provide the resources to our troops that they need when dealing with PTSD. At the same time it is worth noting that the shooter in this story had some anti-government sentiments and had been acting strangely for sometime… doing things and saying things that his family said didn’t sound like him and were irrational.

        Thanks for keeping us honest!

  6. James Moore on June 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    You put one armed assailant in a room with unarmed citizen, he has controll. Put that same person in a room known to have armed citizens he’s not likely to do anything, because he no longer is in control.
    It’s simple to understand, but gets no play time on the air, and armed citizens rarely get any credit for their sacrifices.

  7. G. Schmidt on June 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

    My suggestion would be, for every able bodied American, get the firearm training required (common sense) and purchase a weapon with enough ammunition (at least 100 rounds) (for mentioned weapon). Then obtain a conceal weapon permit, or move to a state that authorizes open carry and be willing to carry that weapon for self defense. Whether our government likes it or not, it is still legal (in most states) to own a firearm. With everyone trained and willing to carry a weapon, the scumbags of this nation would crawl back in to the holes they came out of. The law enforcement in this country carry firearms for their protection, not ours. Your safety is your responsibility. Molon Labe…

  8. David Argo on June 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    James Moore has it pegged. There is a Quote that covers this(sorry but don’t know where it originated). ” An Armed society is a polite society “.

    • David Dolcater on June 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      I believe it originated in Israel in the 60’s. I could be wrong, but I know it’s been around for a long time.

      • Ron Wellner on June 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Actually I think that saying goes back to Thomas Jefferson or one of the other founding fathers

      • Steve on June 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

        Robert Heinlein

  9. Mikial on June 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I think we should all hope we would have the same determination not to stand by and watch people be gunned down.

  10. Russell on June 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Must agree on multiple points.
    More Armed persons lowers the risk of a shooter.
    You need training to handle a firearm properly.
    PTSD does not cause most shootings.
    I have PTSD – From my Childhood, not my military service. Most of the Time I just want to cry.
    That’s MY PTSD.

  11. Roger Long on June 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I am a law abiding citizen with one exception. California makes it hard to do a concealed carry and open carry was made illegal a few years ago. So, rather than jump through their hoops, I carry concealed, loaded and no permit. If I were to see a violent crime being committed I would try to intercede, however, if the situation got cleared up before the police came, don’t expect me to stick around so they can put me in jail. I will do what should be expected of a man to do, but not going to jail for doing it.

  12. Roger Long on June 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Moderation? Really?

  13. billy on June 10, 2016 at 3:49 am

    i agree with russell you don’t have to go to war to have PTSD, althro i am a vet,, but like him all i want to do is be by myself.

  14. michael carpenter on June 11, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    It would have been nice if you would have quoted the news source. I spent 20 minutes or so finding the original story, which did mention that Byron tried to shoot the shooter. In a follow-up story they interview Byron and his family about his actions but never actually say he shot at the shooter. Here’s a link to that story:

    Looks like he’ll be in the hospital for a long time. Consider donating something via the GoFundMe account

  15. Mikial on June 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’m proud of Bryon for fighting back. Just remember . . . train, train, and train some more. Especially if you are not an experienced combat vet. Standing at the range and shooting paper is great but it isn’t enough. Take combat shooting courses and be ready if, and in this world, when the time comes.

    Get off the X, move, shoot from a variety of angles, and practice at extended ranges. You will only get one chance . . . be prepared.

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