A church usher is being called a hero after saving the lives of dozens of people in an Antioch, Tenn., attack Sunday.
Just before noon, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson drove to Burnette Chapel Church of Christ wearing a ski mask and armed with two handguns. After shooting and killing one woman in the parking lot, Samson entered through a rear door and began shooting indiscriminately. Twenty-two-year-old Robert “Caleb” Engle heard the shots and engaged Samson hand-to-hand. The suspect pistol-whipped Engle, but Engle was able to get the upper hand, and Samson apparently shot himself in the chest with his own gun during the fracas. With the threat diminished, Engle’s father stood guard, giving Engle a chance to retrieve his firearm from his vehicle and hold Samson for police.
“We believe he is the hero today,” Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “He’s the person who stopped the madness.” But Engle has eschewed the hero label, saying he was simply defending the church he had attended since childhood. “I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing,” he requested in a statement.
Clerk Says She Was Suspended For Pulling Gun On Would-Be Robber
A worker in a Circle K store in Albuquerque, N.M., was reportedly put on a two-week leave after an incident in which she wounded the suspect in an armed robbery.
Jennifer Wertz acknowledged a workplace policy that says workers are not supposed to resist dangerous criminals. “We are not to chase or provoke,” she explained to KOAT. “We are just supposed to stand there and give them what they want and they leave.”
But after hearing that a nearby store had been robbed, Wertz decided to keep her gun on her person at work. “I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck,” she said. “He pointed the gun at my face, I grabbed my gun from my pocket, I cocked it and I shot.” The suspect is expected to survive, and we hope that Wertz will not lose her livelihood because she chose to defend her life.
John Lott Blasts Back at NICS-For-Voters Critics
When John Lott—an acclaimed researcher and author—recently suggested that the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity consider using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to screen voters, his credibility was quickly and harshly attacked by Democrats and mainstream media. Last week, he answered the critics in an opinion piece that ran in The Hill.
In the article, Lott points out the double standard of Democrats trumpeting background checks for guns, but then turning around and claiming that conducting similar checks for voters would suppress the vote, slow the process and increase costs. Lott notes that checks on voters would actually be a simple, low-cost process.
“The NICS system solves all of the objections that Democrats are likely to raise. They’re on record believing that it is a fair and accurate system that doesn’t prevent eligible people from buying a gun. But Democrats’ hysteria over applying this to voter registration raises real questions about their sincerity,” Lott concludes.
Senate Candidate Temporarily Banned From Facebook Over Gun Giveaway
Austin Petersen is running for a Senate seat in Missouri, and as part of a campaign fundraiser offered on Facebook to give away a free AR-15 to one lucky participant. Now the social-media giant has slapped him with a 30-day ban for using a gun in his promotion.
A post on social-media site Steemit featured some of Petersen’s tweets after receiving the notification. “Banned from Facebook for 30 days for talking about guns,” he wrote. “Expect me to be a lot more annoying over here on Twitter for a month.”
Petersen also pointed out that Facebook doesn’t always seem to have a problem with guns, at least when the sentiments expressed line up more closely with the company’s politics. “‘Member when I posted on Facebook that gay married couples should protect their marijuana fields with machine guns and didn’t get banned?”
Florida Woman Shot Ex-Boyfriend As He Broke Into Her Apartment
Sometimes an ex just doesn’t understand when it’s time to move on. At 5:30 a.m. last Friday, Henry Johnson forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Pensacola, Fla., and began striking her. However, police say the woman was prepared and struck back—with her firearm.
PPD Public Information Officer Mike Wood told WEAR-TV that as Johnson attacked, the woman “feared for her safety and shot him.” The 32-year-old man was hit once in the leg and surrendered to police shortly after they arrived at the scene. Wood told reporters that Johnson was treated at a local hospital but is now behind bars without bail, facing both burglary and battery charges.