Jeffress Claims Shooters Would Quickly be Shot Dead in his Church
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas has recently said an armed attacker in his church would quickly be stopped after one or two shots because his congregants are well armed with guns. Jeffress who is an ally of President Donald Trump during a recent appearance on Fox News spoke about the recent shooting at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas.
This past Sunday, 26-year-old Devin Kelley fired shots in the Sutherland Springs church, killing 29 and leaving dozens injured. Kelley was deprived of a license to carry a gun. He, however, passed a background check needed to buy the Ruger AR-556 rifle he allegedly used in the shooting.
Jeffress expressed his opinion on the massacre and was not slow to say that roughly a quarter to a half of his 13,000 member church brings a gun into the church, and he does not have a problem with that. He agreed that this makes him feel safer because he believes that if anyone tries to open fire in that church, the shooter would be stopped by the congregation immediately.
Jeffress mentioned that evil is real and it is painful. He said that in the end, God triumphs over all. He further insisted that ‘This is the world we’re living in. We need to do everything we can to keep our parishioners safe. But overall, we can’t be paralyzed by fear’. He made a reference to Trump’s words earlier that night. The US President who was at a press conference in Japan said the problem is mental health in the country, not ‘a guns situation’ as he put it. He said it was fortunate that someone else had a gun firing in the opposite direction.
Jeffress referred to Kelley’s act as evil, and hence, he is comfortable with his parishioners carrying firearms to protect the church.