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Opinion: Texas Church Shooter Has Criminal Record, Proves Again That Bad Guys Ignore Gun Laws

Less than 24 hours after a deranged, disguised man burst into the West Freeway Church of Christ in a small suburb of Ft. Worth, Texas, his identity was revealed and it came as no surprise that the shooter has a rap sheet as long as a giraffe’s neck.

According to NBCDFW, 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen from nearby River Oaks, TX was identified as the gunman. Kinnunen didn’t get a chance to launch his career in mass shootings, as retired FBI agent and firearms instructor Jack Wilson immediately and eternally silenced Kinnunen as soon as he opened fire with his shotgun, saving countless lives in the process.

Unfortunately, Kinnunen managed to kill two members of the church in his failed attempt at a mass shooting, which is still incredibly tragic and sad. But the scene would have likely been a Hollywood-level bloodbath had the Texas hero, Jack Wilson, not stepped in as a good guy with a gun defeating a bad guy with a gun.

Kinnunen had a criminal record that included aggravated assault with a weapon and various theft charges. He also had multiple warrants out for his arrest in various states.

In other words, it’s safe to say that he would be considered by any reasonable, logical person as a “bad guy.” 

Yet, contrary to the thoughts of proponents of strict gun control measures, this “bad guy” was still able to obtain and use a gun in a heinous crime. After all, felons aren’t allowed to buy guns, right? But he had one. How could that be?

The answer is simple (and seemingly ignored by the left): Bad people will ALWAYS find ways to do BAD things. What tool they use in the process, whether that be a firearm, a knife, a pressure cooker or numerous other instruments, is completely irrelevant.

One thing we do know for sure — and which was proven yet again at the West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday — is that law-abiding citizens trained in the use of firearms can mitigate the loss of life in situations where bad guys are attempting to do bad things with their tool of choice.

Politics aside, I think any reasonable person would also agree that if Kinnunen hadn’t been stopped by Wilson, he would have likely kept firing his shotgun, which would have led to more injuries and death. But he was stopped by a good guy, who — thank God — had the lawful right to carry a licensed firearm on his person.

It’s stunning to me the number of times we must remind those on the left that extreme gun control measures have virtually zero effect on whether or not a bad guy decides to commit a crime using a gun. One only need to look at Chicago for a prime example of how extreme gun control laws are (not) working out well for them, whatsoever.

Kinnunen was arrested in 2016 for possession of an illegal firearm, meaning one he purchased off the street. So, it’s likely and reasonable to suspect that the firearm he used on Sunday was obtained in the same manner — off the street.

It’s a lot like hard drugs. They’re illegal, but addicts freely purchase them off the street every day.

Bad guys with illegally obtained guns tend to pick what they perceive as “soft” targets. However, Kinnunen must’ve not done his research, as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law recently a bill that allows law-abiding church members to carry a licensed gun inside the church.

That’s why Jack Wilson and at least four members of the church drew their legal firearms when Kinnunen opened fire. Again, thank God for that.

Hopefully, the outcome of this event will at least open a few eyes and minds on the extreme gun control left. Lets not continue to punish law-abiding citizens who need to be armed in order to protect the masses from bad guys like Kinnunen.

This is a lesson we can all learn from and hopefully, we do just that.

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