Refreshing: Media Praises Stephen Willeford, the Heat-Packing Hero Who Took On the Texas Church Shooter

Refreshing: Media Praises Stephen Willeford, the Heat-Packing Hero Who Took On the Texas Church Shooter

Most of the time, when there’s a mass shooting, it feels like it’s the shooter who gets the most airtime and media focus as opposed to the victims or rescuers. Of course, it’s been no different this time around, in terms of the most recent shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Indeed, Devin Patrick Kelley has received a huge amount of media attention, namely because he was a sack of diarrhea. Articles about all of the bad things he did in his life flooded the media after the shooting: before he became a mass shooter, he cracked his infant stepson’s skull, beat up a dog, beat his ex-wife, solicited underage girls, bullied his classmates, made death threats to his superiors in the military, and escaped from a mental hospital. During the shooting, he shot crying babies point blank and went looking for victims pew-by-pew, shouting, “Everybody die!

Journalists and pundits have been fascinated by Kelley over the past few days. It’s like we’re all asking, “How can there be so much bad in just one person?”

But the media haven’t been solely focused on Kelley. They have also been fascinated by another player in the situation… a rescuer: Stephen Willeford, a retired plumber who lives less than a block away from the church where the shooting took place. Willeford performed an act of bravery and heroism that was truly remarkable: he ran into an active shooter situation with the intent to intervene.

Willeford – Image Credit: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times

What’s shocking, though, is that the media, even the left-leaning media, seems to be doing a decent job acknowledging that Willeford was able to be a hero because he had a gun.

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