No, CNN, the Texas shooting is as simple as it seems

As expected, in an opinion piece titled “Texas shooting isn’t as simple as it seems,” CNN twisted the church shooting in White Settlement, Texas into a call for more firearm regulations.

The author, James C. Moore, appears to be a staunch anti-gunner who has written about other Texas shootings.

“Even if you trust in the ‘good guy with a gun’ mythology of being protected, consider this: Nobody expects the faithful in a tiny town to get up on a Sunday morning and strap on a pistol before they head to their house of worship for prayer.” he wrote in Nov. 2017 in a column originally titled, “Prayers won’t fix Texas — or our culture of fear.”

That column certainly didn’t age very well.

Getting up in a tiny town on a Sunday morning and strapping on a pistol — in this case a Sig-Sauer P229 — before heading to his house of worship for prayer is exactly what Jack Wilson did, and a lot folks are alive today because of it.

I disagree strongly with the premise of Mr. Moore’s current work too: “Nothing is ever as simple as good guy versus bad guy. Reality exists mostly in varying shades of gray.”

Sunday’s shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ was relatively simple: A bad man walks into a church armed with a shotgun and evil intent, and he gets shot in the face by a heroic parishioner.


There’s nothing gray about it.

This is heroism — pure heroism. It’s a man defending the faithful — a sheepdog safeguarding the flock.

Mr. Moore and other writers should realize that their typical anti-gun narratives do not fit this case.

They should leave this one alone.

Mr. Wilson saved lives — period.

If he hadn’t, there would have been a blood bath.

In my humble opinion, CNN should be more transparent about why they even covered this story as much as they did, since we all know if there hadn’t been any video, this shooting would have received barely a mention.

It certainly doesn’t fit their narrative.

Good guys and gals with guns — especially people of faith — usually have no place on their network.



About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. paul Vincent zecchino on

    Maximo WIlliams –

    Thank for reminding us, can’t be said enough, we can always rely on Ted Fonda’s Communist News Network and the rest of the marxstream media, to lie, deny, vilify heroes, excuse criminals, and praise communist tyranny.

  2. Thank you and God bless you. God blessed the many people you may haved saved that Sunday. Do nt let people tell you any different or try to make you into the evil one. The ones that yell the loudest are the ones that would pray to have you if they were in that church Sunday. Praise God

  3. For the author of the original article reality exists in various shades of gray when it comes to using a weapon for self defense, but when discussing armed civilians carrying arms to protect themselves and others, even in a place where they are not just allowed to do so but have been requested to do so as part of their responsibilities in that very same location, well apparently that is black and white. Guns are bad and your average person shouldn’t have them. Seemingly no gray area there for this CNN opinion writer.

    Moore is right that not everything is black and white, but he is definitely wrong here that there wasn’t a clear line dileneating good from evil in this event. Wilson took a life to save others, and the responsibility of all three of those deaths do not lie on his shoulders but on the person that visited that place of worship to bring violence upon it’s congregation. Unfortunately the man who stopped this event from becoming even worse will have to live with taking another life for the rest of his own, even if he was entirely justified legally and morally in doing so. There’s your gray area Mr. Moore. If Mr. Wilson needs to view what transpired and his actions in that event as an act of kindness, even love, to the rest of his fellow worshipers, I say he has earned that right. He didn’t just shoulder the responsibility of carrying a gun when he took up the mantle of defending his fellow man, he shouldered the responsibility of having to live with any consequences of doing so if the need should arise, and unfortunately it did. I would be willing to bet he is even second guessing himself this very moment wondering if he could have done something different to save even just one more of those lives. Mr. Wilson you are a hero, and there was nothing more you could have done.

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