[January 1, 2020] Welcome to the New Year 2020, where we will surely see an increase in violence, crime, drug use, and yet great hope. I say “great hope” because there are men like Jack Wilson who gives us hope that there are good people who will adopt responsibility and do what is right, at the right time and place. Jack Wilson stopped a gunman from being another mass killer.
This past Sunday, a gunman killed two people in the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. Within seconds of launching the attack, the shooter was killed by the church’s volunteer security guards. Jack Wilson lead that effort to take down the murderer.
The 71-year-old Jack Wilson is a member of the church, a firearms instructor, and also head of the church’s security team. After an increase in crime in their neighborhood, church leaders established additional security. A new Texas law, enacted earlier in 2019 after another deadly church shooting, affirmed the right of licensed handgun holders to carry a weapon in places of worship.
“I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST, but evil does exist in this world, and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed.” – Facebook post by Jack Wilson1
U.S. President Trump praised the brave church members who “stopped a crazed church shooter.”2 Video from the church’s Livestream to YouTube showed multiple worshipers pulled out their weapons following the shooting, making sure the gunman was dead. “A big THANK YOU to them!” the president added on Tuesday morning.
To leaders, we must recognize heroes. They provide us with real examples of how we should act. Showing up is not good enough; you have to be ready.3 Authentic leaders are prepared and act when necessary. Jack Wilson was prepared and not in a casual way. He organized the volunteer security team, researched Texas and Federal firearm laws, and trained his team in a variety of scenarios.
Jack Wilson is a hero. He tells us he is not a hero, but that is what I would expect to hear from someone as humble as Mr. Wilson.