USA Today Op-Ed Claims on ‘Terrifying’ Heroism in Texas Church Shooting

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A USA Today op-ed states that it was “terrifying” that several parishioners were armed when a gunman opened fire during a church service in Texas was roasted on social media.

In this article distributed by USA Today, Diaz praised hero Jack Wilson, but used his act as a jumping off point to criticize the other parishioners, demand to know more about their backgrounds.

“We know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handgun… and that’s terrifying,” Diaz wrote.

A man shot two people during a church service in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday before being fatally shot by Jack Wilson.Two other parishioners were dead in the attack.

“Opinion: Jack Wilson is exactly the type of person you want around with a gun because he’s a firearms instructor,” reads a tweet from USA Today’s official Twitter account on Wednesday promoting the op-ed written by Elvia Diaz. “But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns. And that’s terrifying.”

USA TODAY on Twitter

Opinion: Jack Wilson is exactly the type of person you want around with a gun because he’s a firearms instructor. But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns. And that’s terrifying. https://t.co/od0vfGftjU

The criticism on social media that particularly focused on Diaz’s use of “terrifying” was swift.

Chad Felix Greene on Twitter

Terrifying? Why are Christians and Jews exercising their Constitutional rights so ‘terrifying’ to the left? https://t.co/T0DRVlmM3C

Robby Starbuck on Twitter

@elviadiaz1 I think you’d find it a lot more “terrifying” if nobody inside the church was armed. Everyone is lucky 6-7 people in that church used their right to carry at church. Had they not, everyone they loved at church might be dead right now. Gross and idiotic to attack their rights now.

Julio Rosas on Twitter

Unfortunately, that kind of split-second heroism has been turned into a PR tool by gun advocates.” This person seems upset that people in the church were ready to stop a shooting from becoming worse because it proves a good guy or guys with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

Mike Beasley on Twitter

We know: * They were willing to risk their lives to save others * They aren’t criminals So we know all we need to know, you cowards. https://t.co/gt7ptwHmCw

Jason Howerton on Twitter

USA Today Opinion: a good guy with a gun prevented a massacre but at least 6 other Texans drew firearms and showed incredible restraint and didn’t fire a single shot. … and that’s terrifying 😂🖕 https://t.co/OaklZzkFLW

Wilson shared his perspective on the shooting, “I just want to thank all who have sent their prayers and comments on the events of today. The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exist [sic] and I had to take out an active shooter in church…”

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