The National Rifle Association (NRA) is always under attack because of gun violence in the U.S. However, a NRA member shared his story about how a gun saved the lives of numerous people:
“Back in November, gunman Devin Kelley killed 26 people and injured dozens more at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs,” Faithwire reported.“It is believed, however, that the carnage could have been far worse had it not been for the quick-thinking response of Willeford. The 55-year-old former NRA instructor lived across the street from the church and immediately jumped into action when he heard shots fired.”
Stephen Willeford was seen telling his story in the latest video ad by the NRA, telling how he was first made aware of the incident that fateful day back in November.
“My daughter came into the bedroom and she said, ‘Dad, there’s a man in black tactical gear shooting at the Baptist church,’” Willeford began.
“Every one of those shots, to me, represented one of my neighbors, one of my friends, and I ran as fast as I could,” Willeford said of the shooting that went on record as the worst church shooting in U.S. history.
"I personally want to welcome the visitors expected for the @AnnualMeetings This is a time for all of us to come together to celebrate our nation's freedom.They will come with one anthem: we are the NRA!" – Stephen Willeford, Sutherland Springs Hero #2A https://t.co/2M1hnxDgp7
— NRA (@NRA) April 30, 2018
The NRA meeting was not a great one for many people, who have spoken against it.
,Willeford wrote a piece for Dallas News, sharing his thoughts on anti-gun policies.
“It’s a good time to reflect on why the Second Amendment is important and what we can do as law-abiding citizens to protect it,” Willeford stated to Dallas News.
“Anti-gun politicians and anti-gun activists have made clear their belief that the way to stop criminals is to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, and many have blamed the men and women of the NRA for acts of deranged individuals. Sometimes, it feels like the mainstream media hates firearms.”
Willeford said that people need to realize that the NRA is all about promoting “safe and responsible use of firearms” more than any other organization in the world, where they boast more than 100,000 instructors across the country, offering classes so gun owners can learn how to shoot and also “take care of their firearms in the safest possible way.”
“The NRA offers programs such as Eddie Eagle, which teaches children what to do if they encounter a firearm: stop, don’t touch, run away, tell an adult. The NRA hosts competitions across the country that promote and reward marksmanship and safety. The NRA is, first and foremost, a firearms safety organization.”
“People say I saved lives that day,” he writes of the shooting. “I hope that’s true. I did what the Lord called me to do.”
“A lot of gun control groups out there talk about restricting gun rights, but criminals don’t obey laws. Those restrictions only affect law-abiding gun owners like me. They do nothing to increase public safety.”
“I have been saddened to see politicians demonize the men and women of this organization lately. It’s an organization that taught me a great deal and of which I’ve been a proud member most of my life.”
“I am proof that they are wrong. I am also proof that the NRA’s familiar mantra is true: ‘The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’”
Watch the full ad below: