Comments continue about the West Freeway Church of Christ (WFCoC) attack. Some good, some not.
What if that video showed Richard White (the security volunteer killed) being as quick to draw as pundits say he should have been? We would have seen the subject raise his shotgun slower than White raised his pistol, then die before he could shoot. The video would show a stunned congregation, slowly standing, every eye on White. Every eye of the world would have been on White.
Would headlines the next day be, “prepared and ready defender saved countless lives?” I doubt it. They would be more like,
“Armed Volunteer Shoots and Kills Man in Front of Stunned Congregation.”
A subtitle would say, “Watch the shocking video here.”
It would have been played over and over on every news network and anti-gun paid political ad. The antis would be yelling of how the poor underprivileged man, who didn’t even know how to operate his gun, was killed without a word ever said.
Think About it
A reporter asked me what the number one lesson learned from WFCoC is. I said, “Do what they did in that they had an intentional team in place and ready.” If published, mobs will dive for their comment keys to yell something about training. Sure, training is needed, and it’s true we can learn some take-aways from the video. But don’t say White was not trained.
An FBSN member, himself a seasoned warrior, quoted Teddy Roosevelt in response to all the critics of the WFCoC tactics,
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.