Shootings in church seem to be on the rise a lot more lately, which is all the more reason to carry a gun to begin with. However, there is a distinction that must be made between someone who carries a gun and someone willing to use that gun to save life that is of extreme importance.
I think a lot of people are enamored by the idea that a gun will save them if they're ever attacked, but that's not exactly true. In fact, it's downright false. The gun itself doesn't save a person any more than having a parachute will save someone who has jumped out of a plane.
Please let me explain.
The parachute by itself cannot deploy. Don't get me wrong, if you're falling through the air it's great to have the parachute. In fact, it's the best thing you can have from the moment you jump from the plane or start to fall.
But having the chute is only half of the answer. The parachutist must pull that string to avoid becoming a dude pancake at the bottom. Therefore, the driver must also put on the seatbelt if he believes it will help save him during a car crash.
And finally, the gun owner must pull the trigger when the time comes that he or she believes deadly force is required.
Such is the case with this past church shooting that took place in Winona Texas, at a Starrville area Church.
For some background in case you haven't heard, a fugitive had found a church to take refuge in and was there until Church on Sunday morning. When the pastor of the church went into the bathroom, he saw the man there and confronted him.
According to sources a scuffle ensued, causing the pastor to draw his firearm and tell the suspect to get on the floor. Then, the pastor got distracted by something and the suspect charged toward the pastor, took his gun, and shot him with it.
He sadly died.
If you take away nothing else from this article, it must be this: If you are ever to the point where you feel that you need to draw your weapon for self-defense, you also must be willing to use it.
And if not, you may find yourself getting injured or worse.
You should only pull your gun out and point it at someone if you feel deadly force is warranted. Just pulling the gun out and pointing it at someone can be seen by a court as deadly force. Why? Because it, itself, warrants deadly force. In other words, if someone has a gun trained on me I'd likely be justified to use deadly force to protect myself.
Another key takeaway that many people in our industry fall prey to, is that they think their firearm is the only essential piece of gear or skill that is needed to save their life. We've covered this topic on many different occasions and I won't beat it up here.
But this is just one more example of how not being able to fight with your hands and body can get you killed. A bad guy can make up a lot of time while you're still in the decision-making phase of “pull the trigger or not,” (unless you're like me and have already made that mental choice of what you'd do).
By the time you register that you MUST pull the trigger to save not only your life, but that of your flock, your time is out because it happens that fast. Now you've got a bad guy on top of you, disarming you, and shooting you with your own gun.
All around a bad scenario to be finding yourself in.
As usual, I'm not an attorney and nothing I say here should ever be construed to be legal advice. Always consult with an attorney.