Pratt: Hate-filled heart killed the innocent, not the NRA

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Chad Groening (

shooting at TX churchA hate-filled killer is to blame for murdering innocent churchgoers in Texas, not the firearm he used, says the leader of a gun-rights organization. 

The mass slaughter of churchgoers at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs predictably reignited ongoing debate over firearms and gun laws.

Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during the Sunday morning worship service, killing or wounding almost everyone crowded into the sanctuary. 

Authorities have said Kelley was armed with a Ruger brand AR-15, and wore body armor and a skull mask, when he methodically shot and killed people including women and young children as they lay hiding among the pews.

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America says the now-dead gunman was a "hate-filled liberal atheist" who reminds him of the gunman who attempted to mass murder Republican congressmen on a Virginia ball field six months ago.

Pratt, Larry (GOA)"These are liberal Democrats," says Pratt, "who are so full of hate."

High school classmates of Kelley have said he was a strange student who was vocal about his atheist beliefs to the point that they avoided him online.

Kelley "was always talking about how people who believe in God [were] stupid and trying to preach his atheism," a classmate said of him, The Washington Times reported.   

Others have since pointed out that he "liked" four different atheist accounts on his Facebook page,

But law enforcement authorities have downplayed anti-religious beliefs as a motive, stating publicly that a domestic dispute with Kelley's ex-in-laws may have triggered the rampage, since he had threatened his ex-mother-in-law days before the shooting.

AR-15s for saleAuthorities and the media have also described Kelley as a domestic abuser who served time in a military jail and was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

It's also been learned that Kelley was able to purchase firearms only because the U.S. Air Force failed to enter his name into a federal database.

Authorities have also confirmed that Stephen Willieford used his own AR-15 and exchanged gunfire with Kelley, hitting him twice. The gunman, wounded and bleeding out from his wounds, shot and killed himself while Willieford and a second man chased him along a Texas highway.

Willieford told online reporter Steven Crowder that he was grateful he owned the semi-automatic rifle since that was what Kelley was armed with, too.

Steve Scalise MSNBC screen shot"If I had run out of the house with a pistol, and faced a bulletproof vest and Kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile," Willieford said. "I hate to politicize that but that's reality."

Amid left-wing claims that the NRA is to blame for the church shooting, it's also been learned that Willieford is a former NRA firearms instructor.

"If Diane Feinstein had had her way, [Willieford] would not have had that AR-15 rifle," Pratt tells OneNewsNow. "We can't forget that in New York, when a truck was used to mow people down, that still led to a call for gun control. That's the way they think."

Pratt was referring to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who did in fact brag about the state's stringent gun laws after an Islamic terrorist ran down bicyclists with a rented truck, killing eight people.  

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