Hero:  Jack Wilson

By | January 1, 2020

[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.

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  1. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/what-we-know-about-the-texas-church-shooting-that-killed-two.html
  2. https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/trump-praises-parishioners-who-stopped-texas-church-shooter/285-6d014bb0-4553-4c16-b473-ebb86b39c8a8
  3. https://www.theleadermaker.com/showing-up-is-not-enough/
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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27 thoughts on “Hero:  Jack Wilson

  1. Dennis Mathes

    Mr. Jack Wilson, a true American hero. I salute him as a man who stepped into the den of evil and stood his ground.

  2. Tracey Brockman

    Gen. Satterfield, I appreciate you highlighting this hero, Jack Wilson. Heroes are to be looked upon with great respect and appreciation for what they have done. I admire the man. What is impressive is that he is 71 years old.

    1. Bryan Lee

      A true hero is among us. Thank you Jack Wilson. I will pray to God to thank HIm for giving us people like Jack Wilson.

      1. Wesley Brown

        Four stars for your comment, Fred. I agree with many here and say that we need more people like Jack Wilson. I wonder sometimes what I would have done in his shoes that day when a crazed murderer showed up and started killing people. It’s too easy to standby and criticize others but when action is needed, and needed quickly, only a few will act.

  3. old warrior

    Jack Wilson is a real hero. Yup! Anyone who says otherwise is lying to us and themselves. Common sense prevailed that day and that is why Jack Wilson is my hero too.

    1. Jonathan B.

      Yes, Jack Wilson … hero. This is one event I will never forget. And, to make it more interesting, he says that he is no hero.

    2. Len Jakosky

      Let us never forget people like Jack Wilson. Just like the Boy Scouts say, Be Prepared. That takes responsibility.

  4. ZB22

    Happy New Year! I welcomed in 2020 by promising myself that I would try to be more like men like Jack Wilson. A person who adopts responsibility and is prepared is the epitome of living the good life. Not some party animal that is shameful in their excesses but one who can be relied upon in a pinch. Jack Wilson is a true American hero.

    1. Linux Man

      Thanks ZB22. I am doing the same. It won’t be easy but it means we will live a more meaningful life.

  5. Greg Heyman

    Decades ago the state of Texas had a problem in some of their cities like Houston with young teenage blacks robbing small retail stores. They passed a law that those in the store could legally shot those perps. After a few were killed, the robberies stopped. Gee, imagine that.

    1. Doug Smith

      In LA, San Fran, NYC, Houston, etc. the local political leaders encourage petty crime. They say they are “compassionate.” Wait for a little and watch the crime rate soar. I’m just sitting back and eating my popcorn. But with a few men like Jack Wilson, that stupidity would stop.

      1. Karl J.

        Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, Baltimore. What do they all have in common? Democrat Party leaders who promise to stop crime by getting to the root cause. Well, I think they are they root cause. Crime keeps increasing in their cities and they have done nothing EFFECTIVE to stop it.

  6. Doc Blackshear

    Jack Wilson is an example of real leadership at the local level. He is the type of person we need in America. He is ready, willing, and able to adopt responsibility, work with others, teach and mentor, and then act if necessary. Evil is everywhere. Our politicians encourage evil. It takes people like him to stomp it out.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      I agree. College snowflakes would have peed their pants if they had been there and probably been killed along with their “college friends” as well. It takes a real man to do what Jack Wilson did. Good for him.

      1. Bart Rhodes

        Funny but true. Yusaf, I like the way you are ‘helping’ our snowflake young generation. /sarc off

    2. Len Jakosky

      Sad but spot-on observation about our politicians. Nancy Pelosi and her ilk are the ones pushing hate and division in America now. She will go down in history as leading one of the most divisive times in the history of our country. And, she says she is doing it for the children. What is, by the way, the definition of crazy?

      1. Willie Shrumburger

        …. and they lie repeatedly and expect us to believe them.

    3. Tom Bushmaster

      Jack Wilson is the man who prevented a massacre at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas today. Wilson took out the shooter from about 50 feet away which is even more impressive. Jack Wilson wouldn’t be hailed as a hero by the corrupt media. Wilson’s name wouldn’t trend on social media because the left wing communists who run social media don’t want a hero like this man getting the attention he so rightly deserves. But screw them, this man saved countless lives.

  7. Janna Faulkner

    Happy New Year 2020. I never thought the new year would arrive. Had a great party last night and wished all my family and friends a great and hopeful new decade as well. Also, thank you to all my new-found friends on Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog.

    1. Albert Ayer

      Same sentiment here too, Janna. Congrats for being the first to post in the new year.

      1. Janna Faulkner

        You are welcome, the kid. Hope you have been well and your family. I expect to start the new year with a number of personal improvements and encourage others to do the same. The first one is to adopt greater responsibility and tell the truth.

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