Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren responded to the heroic actions of the man who stopped the church shooting in Texas on Sunday by announcing that she would not support universal conceal carry even if the person had to be vetted by the government and obtain licensing.
The Democrat senator from Massachusetts made the remarks on Thursday while campaigning in Concord, New Hampshire.
An audience member brought up how Jack Wilson acted heroically during the shooting and stopped the attacker within just a few seconds and saved countless lives as a result.
“Will you support a universal conceal carry law for everyone in the country who’s willing to be licensed and checked by the government?” the person asked.
“No,” Warren responded as she repeatedly shook her head.
An audience member brings up the Texas church hero while at an Elizabeth Warren event, asks, “Will you support a universal conceal carry law for everyone in the country who’s willing to be licensed and checked by the government?”
Warren responds: “No”
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The attack happened at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday as the church was taking communion.
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden was criticized in response to the shooting as video footage of him emerged that showed him trashing Texas Governor Greg Abbott in September 2019 for signing a bill into law that allowed lawful gun owners to carry firearms with them into their places of worship.
“Dealing with firearms, it is irrational, with all due respect to the governor of Texas, irrational what they are doing,” Biden told reporters on September 2. “On the very day you see a mass shooting … and we’re talking about loosening access to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship, it’s just absolutely irrational. It’s totally irrational.”
Britt Farmer, Senior Minister of West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas, essentially dismantled Biden’s remarks following the attack as he praised the Texas government for allowing people to be armed in the church.
“First off, I want to say that I am extremely thankful to lieutenant governor and the governor — Governor Patrick and Governor Abbott — and their rapid response to this,” Farmer said. “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse, and I’m thankful that our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”
Jeff Williams, Regional Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, praised the Wilson for his heroic actions, noting that he saved countless lives.
“It cannot be overstated how important it is that everyone recognize what took place here today,” Williams said. “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners, and that might get swept aside in this whole conversation about active shooter response, and God knows law enforcement has done a whole bunch of work to make our response better, we needed to do that.”
“But we’re starting to find out that, as the Lt. Governor mentioned, over half of these are over before we get there, and I want to commend the chief and his department, their response, it is never going to get faster than that, it was miraculous,” Williams continued. “And so the true heroes in this are the people who were sitting in those pews today and responded, the immediate responders that saved their fellow citizens. I just can’t overstate how critical that is, I just want to recognize it, it’s truly heroic and this citizens of this community have a lot to be proud of for their response.”