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