Pastor’s Mother Killed in Church Shooting

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Sheepdog-Iconography---Sheepdogs-in-ActionShock and sadness reigned in an Aurora, Co. church as a gunman opened fire just as services were winding down. The gunman killed the pastor’s mother before an off-duty Denver police officer returned fire, killing the gunman. 

According to witnesses and news accounts, the gunman was not from the church. He was reportedly chasing another person in the parking lot of the church. The other person left his car and ran inside the church, reportedly telling everyone there to “get down”.

The gunman proceeded to open fire into the building from the outside. Shooting through the glass. Fortunately, an off-duty Denver police officer had his firearm, and was able to respond. The officer reportedly fired “at least one shot” and shot the gunman. Both the pastor’s mother and the gunman were taken to the hospital, where both died of their wounds.

Here I could talk about the usual discussion of violence in the church, or of the need for same type of safety/security team for churches. I could even talk about firearms, and how this will likely lead to more calls for gun control from the usual suspects. I might touch on those subjects at a later date, but I won’t be talking about them here.

Instead, I’d rather take this time to very publicly thank and uphold a true sheepdog. As a Law Enforcement Officer by profession, he is a sheepdog. What’s more important is that he takes his role as a sheepdog seriously enough to choose to carry his weapon even to a place where most wouldn’t think of it – is church.

It is the sheepdog who says, “Everywhere I CAN legally carry my firearm, I WILL carry my firearm.” Simply on the off chance that evil strikes, the sheepdog is able to defend himself, and those he cares about. This time, the sheepdog, this officer, was able to defend his church from a rabid gunman.

One of the original articles is located HERE:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47146220#.T5X0U-3_RIQ

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman says the following in his excellent book On Combat, and as a closing I repeat it here:

If you are a warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7 for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”

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