Armed Hero Stops Tennessee Church Shooting

By Tom Knighton

News of a shooting in a Tennessee church yesterday had many of us reeling as we got the news shortly after our own church services had concluded. The idea of an armed gunman stepping into a house of worship is something that happens often enough that none of us can discount it happening but is still something few of us really want to think about.

However, it happened.

Luckily for those inside, there was a good guy with a gun to stop the attack.

A Nashville Police Department spokesman said the shooter entered the church after 11 a.m. CST wearing a neoprene ski mask. One woman was shot in the parking lot before the shooter entered the church and opened fire on about 42 people still inside.

One church member, 22-year-old Caleb Engle, confronted the shooter before being pistol whipped in the face. Engle then went to his car to retrieve a gun, which he has under a concealed carry license.

Engle returned to the church to confront the gunman again. The gunman shot himself in the face when the man returned, possibly by accident.

“He’s the hero here,” Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said. “He’s the person who stopped this madness in its tracks.”

Indeed, Mr. Engle is the hero. Once again, a good guy with a gun stops an attack.

It’s a scenario that plays out all the time. Bad guys want to do bad things, but it takes a good guy with a gun to stop them.

Meanwhile, there are those who will invariably try to spin this tragedy into evidence that stricter gun control is needed. However, we still don’t know how the shooter got his weapons–I’m not naming him because I do not see any need to make him famous for his misdeed. We do know he was Click to see the original article