AR-15 Owner Stops AR-15-Wielding Texas Church Shooter

A man who owns an AR-15 and lives near the church where the Texas Church Shooter opened fire on a congregation stopped the shooter from continuing his killing spree.  The man recently appeared on The Stephen Colbert Show to talk about what he experienced.

One of the most telling parts of this interview, to me, is the fact that this man was slowed down because he had no loaded magazines for his AR-15 ready to go.  But, even given that unfortunate fact, this man was a hero who risked his life to try and protect the people in his community.

From The Truth About Guns

As you may know, Stephen Willeford (above) is the “good guy with a gun” who confronted a mass shooter coming out of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In an interview with Steven Crowder (below), Mr. Willeford recounts his heroic actions on that fateful Sunday. We learn that he responded to the sound of gunfire by grabbing an AR-15with an EOTech red dot sight out of his safe. But . . .

didn’t have a magazine loaded. So he grabbed a handful of ammo and started loading a single magazine and headed for the crime scene.

Mr. Willeford, an NRA instructor, offers a fascinating account of the incident. He describes the killer’s armament; when Mr. Willeford engaged shooter Devin Kelley, the murderer was shooting a handgun, wearing a Kevlar vest.

When Kelley scarpered, Mr. Willeford flagged down a passing truck and chased him. At some point, Mr. Willeford prepared to re-engage — despite the fact that he had two — count ’em two — rounds left.

The interview touches on gun control. Mr. Willeford points out that he was not under-gunned because he was able to possess an “assault rifle” (my words).

Mr. Willeford says he’s under siege from the press, “a prisoner in my own home.” He pleads with the media to focus on the victims. Mr. Willeford also reckons he’s going to need some counseling. We wish him well in the future — which is going to be very different than the one that Mr. Willeford, his family and his community envisioned before Sunday morning.

“If I had run out of the house with a pistol, and faced bulletproof vests and kevlar helmets, it might’ve been futile. I ran out with an AR-15 and that’s what he was shooting the place up with.” -Stephen Willeford

An exclusive interview with Stephen Willeford, the hero who ended the killing spree in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stephen recounts the actions that lead him to confronting Devin Patrick Kelley outside First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Want to watch the full show every day? Join #MugClub! Use promo codes “student” “veteran” “military” to get daily access for $69/year! Shop the official #LWC store:


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