A video has emerged showing Democrat Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock mocking churchgoers for wanting to defend themselves with guns.
The video shows Warnock speaking against the Safe Carry Protection Act, which Georgia lawmakers enacted in 2014. The act expanded the number of places law-abiding citizens could carry guns for self-defense in the hopes of reducing the number of gun-free zones, thereby reducing the number of soft targets available to criminals and/or demented attackers.
The video, posted by the NRA, shows Warnock saying, “Somebody decided that they had a bright idea to pass a piece of legislation that will allow for guns and concealed weapons to be carried in churches.”
He went on to mock the idea of carrying a gun in a church meeting, suggesting such meetings are the “last place” where carrying a firearm ought to be allowed.
On November 5, 2017, Stephen Willeford’s daughter told him she heard gun shots at the nearby First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Willeford grabbed an AR-15 and ran to the scene, making contact with the attacker, then shooting and wounding him to stop the attack.
The heinous attack that brought Willeford running resulted in a Texas law allowing concealed carry permit holders to be armed in their churches and houses of worship for self-defense.