Jack Wilson stood, took in a breath, and drew his handgun from its holster.
The deranged gunman in Wilson’s sights raised his shotgun while on the move.
Wilson knew he had only fractions of a second.
His finger tightened on the trigger of his pistol.
And when that single round went off, it destroyed countless anti-gun arguments… while making Jack Wilson a hero!
This incredible story is amazing by itself… but there’s a lot we can learn from what went down in Texas:
How A “Good Guy With A Gun” Took Down A Church Shooter… With A SINGLE SHOT!
At 10:57 in the morning at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, a man named Keith Kinnunen opened fire on the congregation.
He was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had just taken communion with the people he murdered.
Even worse, the service was live-streamed, allowing countless people on the Internet to see the horrible attack.
Two victims were killed – but that’s ALL, because this congregation in Texas was armed.
All told, seven people drew down on Kinnunen to stop him.
But the single bullet that dropped Kinnunen in his tracks was fired by 71-year-old former reserve deputy sheriff Jack Wilson.
“I don’t see myself as a hero,” Wilson told the press. “I see myself as doing what needed to be done to take out the evil threat.”
This incredible case of a shooting that unfolded in front of Internet web cameras teaches us 3 lessons – all of which YOU need to know if you ever have to face an armed threat yourself.
Let’s look at each one:
1. You’ve got to act FAST.
According to one report, from the time Kinnunen took out his shotgun, to the moment he was dead on the floor of that church, just 5 seconds passed.
That means that in just 5 seconds, Jack Wilson…
- Recognized the threat.
- Determined that his gun was needed.
- Drew his weapon.
- Got a sight picture on Kinnunen’s head.
- Fired a single shot that hit the target.
Only one thing enables that kind of threat assessment and reaction, and that is training.
Jack Wilson had that training – and it’s not even hard to get (but we’ll get to that in a moment).
2. You Probably WON’T Have Backup.
It’s like something out of a movie – all those people in a church who were armed and ready.
(I’ve spent years living in Texas and, I can tell you, there aren’t many other places where you’d see that.)
And while I love that so many people were prepared for self-defense, this is an exception, not the rule.
The numbers don’t lie – most of the time, even in states with “shall issue” permit laws, only a small percentage of adults actually applies for a permit to carry.
What that means is that if you’re carrying a gun and a threat goes down, you’ll likely be the ONLY one nearby who is ready to meet it.
That’s a responsibility you’ve got to be prepared to accept…
…And you’re going to have to ACT like Jack Wilson did.
3. You’ve Got To Hit A MOVING Target!
To me, this is the real lesson of the White Settlement church shooting.
Jack Wilson hit an armed, hostile, mobile threat from 15 yards away with a single round.
That is NOT easy to do.
The reality of a gun fight is a mobile, messy nightmare:
You’ll crouch down, as adrenaline and “fight or flight” reactions SCREAM at you to make as small a target of yourself as possible. This prevents you from moving effectively, slowing you down as you wander aimlessly.
You’ll duck your head, tucking your chin as you instinctively protect your neck and throat. This lowers your guard and leaves you vulnerable to head strikes.
You’ll tend to move, usually STRAIGHT BACK, which is absolutely what you DON’T want to do. If you don’t get off the attacking line you’ll just get run over.
Remember, most of these attacks happen at extreme close quarters…
…like the tightly packed pews of a church, with countless innocent people between you and the shooter!
Your reactions will be slow because, when you’re surprised by a sudden threat, you have to go through the “OODA Loop.”
This is what Jack Wilson did (amazingly well) when he Observed the threat, Oriented himself to it, Decided what to do, and finally Acted to take down Kinnunen.
When it happens to you, your attacker will ALREADY have gone through this loop in his mind (like Kinnunen did when he drew his shotgun and started shooting).
He’ll be acting – and you’ll be reacting… which puts you behind the curve from the very start!
Too many armed citizens are practicing for tight shot groups at long distances.
That’s NOT how you’re going to shoot in a real gunfight, as Jack Wilson found out!
You’ve GOT to be prepared to shoot fast and accurately at close quarters while under threat, possibly with innocent lives on the line!
If you don’t train for that, you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!
Now, Jack Wilson doesn’t just have training from his time as a reserve deputy sheriff.
He also has his own gun range and provides firearms training to church volunteers who provide security for the sanctuary.
If you want to perform like he did under stress, the good news is, you can.
You just need to get realistic training – training that’s actually easy to find.
In fact, you can do it right at home – the same way that I do!
If you want to dig deeper into how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out our 7-step “gunfighting” system here…
Just be warned…
I don’t follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training, so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you’ve been taught in the past.
All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a real gunfight.
That way, when YOU are the one standing between innocent lives and a scumbag with a gun, you won’t hesitate.