“I Just Acted”: The Facts Gun Control Advocates Seek to Evade

by Dr. Michael Hurd

November 6, 2017 (republished by permission)

Johnnie Langendorff (l), Stephen Willeford

On Sunday afternoon, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, walked out of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where he had just opened fire on parishioners during mass. Dressed in all black tactical wear and body armor, he strode across the parking lot.

That’s when he met Stephen Willeford, 55, a local plumber. Willeford lives near the church, and when he heard shooting, he grabbed his rifle and rushed over.

While Kelley was armed with a powerful AR-15 and was formerly a military member, Willeford engaged Kelley, getting into a shootout. One witness said that when he came face to face with Kelley, Willeford “didn’t hesitate; he shot in between Kelley’s body armor, hitting him in his side,” the Daily Mail reported.

Wounded, Kelley dropped his Ruger assault rifle and jumped into an SUV to flee.

But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who works at a nearby auto parts store, had just pulled up the intersection nearest the church and saw the gunfight. After Kelley sped away, “The other gentleman [Willeford] said we needed to pursue [the shooter] because he shot up the church,” Langendorff told the San Antonio Express. “So that’s what I did. I just acted.”

When you take away the ability of a good person to act against a violent and evil one when it counts, you’re assaulting the right to life in the most basic way possible.”

Life is about achieving and maintaining values. Values refer to all kinds of things — your career, your children, your romantic partner, your house, your hobbies, your ideas and beliefs. But the most fundamental value is life. Without life, there are no values. So when confronted with a life-or-death situation, you act. Otherwise, your values all disappear.

It’s horrible that some people value life so little that they sadistically seek to end it, not only for themselves but for innocent others. The execution of children that went on in this church is more unspeakable than anything we have yet seen, and that is saying something.

But the bright spot in all this, if there is a bright spot, is that there are people able and willing to fight for life when it really counts. That’s what these men did, and that’s what others like them do, as well. And although it’s politically incorrect to praise the police these days, it’s also what law enforcement people have done, in virtually every single one of these instances where the killer does not make it out alive.

Guns are horrible instruments of execution. But they are also beautiful things — when in the right hands. There is good, and there is evil. Guns remind us of this fact. Some of us don’t want there to be a good and evil, but there is, just the same.

People blathering on about “we’ve got to have gun control” don’t even know what they’re talking about. Yet the issue is deeper than that. When you take away the ability of a good person to act against a violent and evil one when it counts, you’re assaulting the right to life in the most basic way possible. So long as there are evil people with weapons, we need to have good people with even better weapons. Nothing else will do.


This post is reprinted with the permission of Dr. Michael J. Hurd. 

Michael J. Hurd is an American psychotherapist, podcast host, author, public speaker, and commentator. He considers himself an Objectivist. This post is reprinted from his website, drhurd.com.


The Moral Case Against Gun Control

Dr. Hurd’s statement makes the moral case against gun control because gun control is a direct threat against our inalienable right to life. The right to life is the bedrock of our Constitution and of all real-world morality:

When you take away the ability of a good person to act against a violent and evil one when it counts, you’re assaulting the right to life in the most basic way possible.”

The people of the United States, or any country, do not cede their right of self-defense to their  government, although many people mistakenly believe they do.  Inalienable rights cannot be ceded and the government cannot acquire inalienable rights. The government is required to protect our inalienable rights, not to take them over.

Gun rights are an important issue.  Government data bases are and should be data bases of the guilty: people who have been proven guilty and by their own actions, incapable and unworthy of responsible gun ownership.

Anti-gun forces urge our government to take away all gun rights of private citizens, and repeal the people’s right to defend themselves against evil.  They would turn every good person into a helpless potential victim.  They would skew justice in favor of those who have no intention of obeying gun laws or any other laws.  Is that what we really want?

When a government, in the name of protecting the innocent, seeks to prevent every innocent person from having the means to fight those who would murder them, their families, friends and neighbors, that government is wrong.

Do we want a government that does exactly the opposite of what government is supposed to do? Are we, the people of the United States, content with a future as helpless, potential victims?

How many more innocents will be randomly or brutally murdered? How many will die because the elites do not trust the average person to be adult enough or honest enough to handle guns?  How much longer will the trusting anti-gun millions keep their heads in the sand, pretending that if good people don’t have guns, bad people won’t get guns?

When will the average, law-abiding, gun-fearing citizen realize that it is time for him (or her) to take up the study of arms?  In some parts of the country, many people like Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff have the skill and experience to act with confidence against horrific evil.  It is time for all good people to explore and acquire the means, methods and skills of responsible gun ownership.

Although they pretend otherwise, the anti-gun faction wants a repeal of the right to bear arms. Their goal is complete confiscation of guns from ordinary Americans. Are all Americans really ready to accept the dictates of the power elites and live their lives as disarmed, potential victims?   I, for one, hope not.

As Dr. Hurd stated, ” So long as there are evil people with weapons, we need to have good people with even better weapons.”

The United States was the first (and still the only) country in human history founded on the ideas of individual sovereignty, inalienable rights, equality under the law and the freedom to pursue and achieve your future.

In conclusion, I suggest that widespread, responsible gun ownership may be necessary for your own survival, the survival of those you love, and the freedom you care about so deeply.