A week after a man was shot dead after he opened fire and killed two people in a church in White Settlement (Texas), a good number of parishioners returned Sunday to the temple to receive mass, but many did so armed .
“Unfortunately it has become necessary to bring weapons, and I have no problem with that,” Ted Aldred, a 72-year-old Anglo-Saxon native of this Texas region west of Dallas / Fort Worth, told Efe today.
More than 200 people attended the religious service held at the West Freeway Church of Christ, where several people deposited bouquets in memory of the victims of the shooting.
“Our security team is trained to respond, and that happened with the shooter, because this is not like in the Old West where anyone can come and shoot,” said Carmael Aldred, one of the parishioners who went armed to the cult.
He added that every week he trains shooting at a ranch and that he carries the gun during religious service to protect himself from any eventuality.
Another Sunday Mass attendee, and who preferred not to say his name, said that at least one of his family members also carried a gun in his clothes to go to the temple this Sunday.
On December 29, Keith Thomas Kinnumen, 43, opened fire during a Sunday Mass and killed Anton Wallace, 64, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Richard White, 67, of River Oaks, before being killed by a parishioner trained as a safety team.
The facts were captured during a live broadcast that was made of the religious office in the YouTube account of the temple (video that has been removed) and in which a man is seen approaching the deacon to speak, and then remove from among his Wear a long gun and start shooting.
Governor Greg Abbott then called the act a “diabolical act of violence.”
“The places of worship are destined to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to bring down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” he added.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, joined the congratulations to the “heroes” who saved 242 lives thanks to the Texas law that allows the carrying of weapons in the churches since September 1, 2019.
The rule, which gives the power to religious communities to prohibit attendees from carrying weapons, was approved after a subject fired in 2017 at a Baptist church located in the town of Sutherland Springs, which caused the death of at least 26 people and injured another twenty.