Every Day Heroes

The Sutherland shootings showed humanity at its worst and at its best.  Rich Lowry points out the best:



The response by the two by-standers who refused to stand by is something else entirely. It was a characteristically small-town American act of self-reliance that shows, no matter how tattered our civil society may be, it still produces people who will risk life and limb for others without hesitation, unbidden by anything other than their own sense of obligation.

When Stephen Willeford, 55, heard of the shooting, he left his house barefoot with his AR-15 and started exchanging fire with Kelley outside the church. An expert shot, Willeford hit Kelley and reportedly aimed for the gaps on his body armor.

When Kelley got in an SUV and sped off, Willeford jumped in Johnnie Langendorff’s truck and told him to give chase.

Langendorff, 27, didn’t ask any questions. He followed Kelley at 95 mph down the highway, until the perpetrator ran off the road into a ditch.

Willeford jumped out of the truck and rested his rifle on top of Langendorff’s hood and shouted for Kelley to “get out.” The murderer apparently took his own life with a gun shot.


Go here to read the rest.  Courage in the face of extreme evil is a valuable lesson for all of us.

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  1. From a conversation on Facebook – MPS or other Latin scholar can correct me.

    Est igitur haec, iudices, non scripta, sed nata lex; quam non didicimus, accepimus, legimus, verum ex natura ipsa adripuimus, hausimus, expressimus; ad quam non docti sed facti, non instituti sed imbuti sumus, —ut, si vita nostra in aliquas insidias, si in vim et in tela aut latronum aut inimicorum incidisset, omnis honesta ratio esset expediendae salutis. Silent enim leges inter arma…..

    De Milone
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    My very literal translation:

    There is therefore this law, Judges, not written, but inborn; which we did not learn, received, read, yes, out of nature itself we seize, drink, portray; to which we have not been taught but made, not instituted but soaked – that if our life has fallen in some treacheries, also if in violence or in spears of robbers or of enemies, all honest reason must be of expedient safety. Indeed silent are laws among arms……

    Paraphrase from a popular translation:

    There exists a law, not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts; a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from nature itself; a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays it down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right. Laws are silent among weapons……

  2. Of course, the left, e.g., Mark who, is in hysterics: waving 26 bloody shirts and blaming the massacre on inanimate objects; tens of millions of law-abiding citizens; 177 million men; . . . And, making political “hay” out of tragedy.

    Heard on the radio, the so-called Washington Post tweeted that two things are universally common in mass shootings: guns and males. We can make productive use of this prima facie evidence of stupidity to point out that several other universal factors can be identified: the most astounding being the murderers are never members of the NRA, alt-right, the GOP, etc.

    A useful study would be how many mass shooters were victims of early childhood separation from their mothers: day care. Another, how many were screaming, “Allah u Akbar!” Another, how many were Godless liberals.

  3. Stephen Willeford said “I’m a Christian…and I believe at this point…the Holy Spirit was on me because I had the presence of mind to look at what was going on”

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