USA Today Dragged to Hell Over Op-Ed on ‘Terrifying’ Heroism in Texas Church Shooting
An editorial at USA Today started out the new year controversially, causing a serious negative reaction on social media for its characterizations of the heroes of the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting in Texas over the weekend.
The article, at USA Today via azcentral, praised hero Jack Wilson, but used his act as a jumping off point to criticize the other parishioners, demand to know more about their backgrounds, and of course take a shot at Trump. It took off immediately with the tweet.
Opinion: Jack Wilson is exactly the type of person you want around with a gun because he's a firearms instructor. But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns. And that's terrifying. https://t.co/od0vfGftjU
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 1, 2020
The poorly framed op-ed was immediately a topic of the day.
Why are Christians and Jews exercising their Constitutional rights so 'terrifying' to the left? https://t.co/T0DRVlmM3C
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 1, 2020
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 1, 2020
What a bunch of, dare I say, malarky. Those 6, including the woman, are trained members of Wilson's security team. https://t.co/EI3jFviiFc
— Vicki Hutt Ferstel (@vferstel) January 1, 2020
It was the details in the article, too, that caused such great offense, including this surprisingly ill-advised opening:
Jack Wilson is a hero alright. It took him only six seconds to kill a gunman at a Texas church, saving countless lives.
Unfortunately, that kind of split-second heroism has been turned into a PR tool by gun advocates.
That “unfortunately” is what was unfortunate.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) January 1, 2020
"Jack Wilson is a hero alright. It took him only six seconds to kill a gunman at a Texas church, saving countless lives.
Unfortunately, that kind of split-second heroism has been turned into a PR tool by gun advocates."
"Unfortunately…" ? https://t.co/YUSIG65yrK
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) January 1, 2020
Media keep using this word, terrifying, and I'm not sure it means what they think it means. https://t.co/YAIrPpYLPU
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) January 1, 2020
"Unfortunately, that kind of split-second heroism has been turned into a PR tool by gun advocates."
This person seems upset that people in the church were ready to stop a shooting from becoming worse because it proves a good guy or guys with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. https://t.co/iC7jxfOD4h
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 1, 2020
And particularly of note was the suggestion that the public doesn’t know enough about the details and personal lives of the others who drew weapons on that terrible morning.
• They were willing to risk their lives to save others
• They aren’t criminals
So we know all we need to know, you cowards. https://t.co/gt7ptwHmCw
— Mike Beasley (@MikeBeas) January 1, 2020
Unless they all magically decided to carry a gun to church for the first time that day, we know that they regularly carried concealed handguns and never hurt anybody.
But they had them when they needed to protect themselves from a criminal who was prohibited from buying a gun. https://t.co/vY2dEY68gS
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) January 1, 2020
The simple fact that we *don't know* how capable they are is… terrifying? https://t.co/cnE0Hhnthc
— Andrew Egger (@EggerDC) January 1, 2020
I will join those rejecting the "enemy of the people" rhetoric when the press stops being an objective enemy of the people.
These are victims of a church shooting. Inviting every dumb loon on the internet to do a background check on them for the sin of self defense is loathsome. https://t.co/JmeGeUMs98
— prop op (@ProperOpinion) January 1, 2020
Townhall’s Sara Lee had my favorite response…
We know they weren't opening fire in a church to kill innocent people. https://t.co/pHIpWQXcZA
— SarahLee (@sarailola) January 1, 2020
…But it was actor Adam Baldwin who perhaps summed up the general reaction best.
A terrifyingly asinine opinion:https://t.co/1VkK0Fm49C
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) January 1, 2020
Quite a start to the New Year, USA Today.
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