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Robert Engle overcame and saved lives at a Tennessee church

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The adrenaline that pumps through our veins and causes us to take action is known as the “fight or flight” reflex. This is a base instinct that can’t be overcome no matter how civilized we become, and no matter how much some people think if we just don’t resist an attacker they will leave us alone. Most of us choose to flee when a gunman opens fire and we are unarmed and defenseless. A much smaller percentage of us will confront an attacker and embrace the “fight” aspect of our natural instinct.

A young man by the name of Robert Engle was one of these when a Sudanese immigrant by the name of Emanuel Samson walked into the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee and opened fire with a handgun. The 22-year-old Engle, unarmed but with an instinct to defend himself and his fellow parishioners, fought with Samson until Samson accidentally shot himself. One person was killed and seven wounded in the shooting.

Personally, I applaud young Mr. Engle for his courage and his quick instinct. Everyone else ran or found somewhere to hide. This young church usher decided to fight, saving the lives of God only knows how many people in the process. No one was expecting this to happen when they went to worship that morning. Does anyone?

No. People really don’t expect attacks like these to happen, but we should all be prepared for them all of the time. There is evil in the world, and it’s not people who want you to pay for your own contraceptives or your own health care, and it’s certainly not the vast majority of police officers. It’s actually concentrated largely in many of the places the radical left considers heroes.

Think about it a minute. Islamists. Immigrant gangs. Professional athletes (yeah you guys can protest cops shooting thugs when you stop beating your women). Violence can come at us at any time. I’ve written a couple of articles on the value of the 2nd Amendment and I imagine I’ll write many more, but this isn’t one of them. What I want people to think about right now is simply being aware.

Perspectives

Usher hailed as ‘hero’ after stopping church shooter

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/usher-hailed-hero-after-stopping-church-shooter/8fvwvLJu9qHPRSSMAMuyFK/“I’ve been going to this church my whole life,” Engle said. “I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened.”

“I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing,” Engle said in a statement. “Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.”

Father of man who helped stop gunman during mass shooting says he’s proud | WZTV

http://fox17.com/news/local/father-of-man-who-helped-stop-gunman-during-mass-shooting-says-hes-proudWhen speaking about Robert Engle’s heroic actions, his father James held back tears and pride.

“I’m seeing my son’s face was covered in blood,” James Engle said. “I’m sitting here, thinking, ‘dadgummit, I think he got shot’.”

“Some of the people he was close to here have talked to him, and he said it was just an instinct– just a reaction,” Engle’s former employer said. “Just something he did out of impulse, which is not surprising. It’s just kind of who he is.”

Personal turmoil weighed on Nashville church shooting suspect Emanuel K. Samson | The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/09/25/personal-turmoil-weighed-nashville-church-shooting-suspect-emanuel-k-samson/699960001/At 10:01 a.m., he sent a message to his employers at Crimson Security Service saying he would not be returning to work. Within an hour, investigators said, he arrived at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in a hail of gunfire.

Now, police say, the congregation he once called home has lost a member at his hands.

Accused church shooter worked as security guard, was renewing li – KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

http://www.krtv.com/story/36455703/accused-church-shooter-worked-as-security-guard-was-renewing-license-before-shootingThe I-Team has confirmed that last Friday, Samson was taking a class at the Academy of Personal Protection and Security in Nashville in order to renew his license.

“He was quiet and nice,” said owner Buford Tune. “There was nothing outstanding about him at all.”

Final Thoughts

I wish we could get to a place where we could all just learn to live together in harmony, but until Christ calls us home someday that isn’t going to happen. Until then we must be vigilant at all times. Each of us must decide what that looks like for us.

I’m not going to tell anyone what they must do to be ready for violence when it does come. I will be happy to tell you what I do to be prepared.

  1. Except where it is disallowed by law (I avoid these places as much as possible) I carry a concealed handgun with me at all times.
  2. Carrying a gun isn’t enough. I train with it regularly. I’m actually a former military and civilian firearms instructor so I happily teach others to shoot as well. Training is essential. I don’t care if your eyes a Navy SEAL, you’ve NEVER had enough training.
  3. My home is always adequately stocked with food, water and supplies that would allow me to hole up for a couple of weeks or more if needed in the even of large-scale violence like we’ve seen in he past few years (although I live in Texas, not Baltimore, so that wouldn’t last long here).
  4. I ALWAYS pay attention to my surroundings. I’m not paranoid, but I know who is around me, and generally what they are doing at all times.

It’s really not that hard. It’s really not that much. Do whatever you feel is necessary to make yourself and your family safe in the event of something terrible happening. Statistically you better never need it, but if you do, won’t you be glad you took the time and effort to prepare? Rarely do you simply rise to the occasion like Robert Engle did, so be ready ahead of time.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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