FLASHBACK: Biden opposed Texas law allowing guns in churches

In September, former Vice President Joe Biden (right) attacked the Texas law that allowed church security officer Jack Wilson to carry his firearm in church and stop the White Settlement shooting seconds after it began.

WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX – A law signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott is being credited with providing a first line of defense for parishioners in White Settlement who were attacked during Sunday service this weekend by a gunman. The entire shooting lasted six seconds from start to finish, when an armed church security officer fired on the shooter, bringing him down before he could harm more of the more than 240 people in the church. In early September, former Vice President Joe Biden attacked Governor Greg Abbott for signing the law that allowed the church security officer to carry a gun.

“It is irrational, with all due respect to the Governor of Texas, irrational what they’re doing,” Biden said in September at a campaign stop. “And we’re talking about loosening access to have guns, be able to take them into places of worship. Store them in sch-, I mean, it’s just absolutely irrational.”

Biden also called for banning firearm magazines that hold “multiple bullets” and that there was no room to compromise with Republicans on the issue.

“None! None on this. I think this is no compromise. This is one we have to just push and push and push and push and push,” said Biden.

A live video stream from the church in White Settlement shows the gunman drawing his shotgun and beginning to fire before the volunteer security officer, now known to be a man named Jack Wilson, drew his sidearm and fired a shot, killing the gunman.

Under Texas law, it had been illegal for licensed gun owners to carry their guns in churches until September, when the new law, signed by Governor Abbott went into effect. The law allowing guns in churches was brought about in part because of a church shooting in 2017 that cost 26 people their lives.

The law was among a series of new firearms laws passed by the Texas Legislature this year.

The comments by Biden, suggesting that churches should not be allowed to have armed security, underscore the divide between pro-gun and anti-gun forces in the U.S. gun debate.

Second Amendment advocates say that the best way to stop mass killings is to ensure adequate security at places where large numbers of people gather. Gun control advocates believe that creating “gun free zones” will protect people.

In the case of White Settlement, the gunman is now known to have had a lengthy criminal record which prevented him from legally possessing a firearm – that, however, did not prevent him from walking into the church with a loaded shotgun and opening fire.

“We have learned many times over that there is no such thing as a gun free zone. Those with evil intentions will violate the law and carry out their heinous acts no matter what,” said Texas state Senator Donna Campbell of the Texas law allowing guns in houses of worship that she sponsored. “It makes no sense to disarm the good guys and leave law-abiding citizens defenseless.”

Throughout his career, Biden has presented himself as a moderate, blue collar Democrat, but as he has fought through the Democrat primary for the Presidential nomination to challenge President Trump, his views have grown increasingly liberal. From advocating for free health care for illegal immigrants, to strict gun control, to environmental policies that he admits would cost thousands of American jobs, Biden has managed to stay in the hunt for the Democrat nomination.

You can watch the video of Biden’s criticism of the Texas law allowing guns in churches below:

President Trump praised the church security officer for stopping the shooter so quickly and the laws allowing parishioners to carry firearms.

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