Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My new hero


As you know by now, a seriously troubled young man walked in to a missionary training center and church in Colorado on Sunday and killed four people. It is clear he intended to kill many more by the amount of weaponry and ammunition he had.

Praise God the church had volunteer, armed security guards working, and particularly Jeanne Assam. She remained calm, and did the right thing engaging Matthew Muray in a gun battle. Apparently, Murray turned the gun on himself when confronted by Assam's shots. The killing shot, autopsy reports seem to confirm, came from his own gun, on himself. Still, make no mistake, it was Assam confronting and engaging Murray that stopped him from killing further. His plan was certainly to kill many people, then kill himself. Assam confronting him made it clear he would not survive the encounter, so he turned the gun on himself. Her account is chilling for sure-

"I saw him coming through the doors, and I took cover, and I waited for him to get closer," Assam told reporters. "I came out of cover, I identified myself and engaged him and took him down," she said. Assam, a member of the New Life Church, said that although she was outgunned and physically weak from three days of fasting, "God was with me. . . . God made me strong."

"It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God," said Assam, whose hands trembled a little as she recounted the shooting during a news conference Monday.

The only correction I would make to Assam's last comment- in actuality, it was her, the gunman, God, and her Smith & Wesson, thankfully!


7 comments:

jeremy morgan said...

If that doesn't put a highlight on the reason for concealed carry then I don't know what does. Praise the Lord that this woman was there. Thankfully our state's legislators de-fanged our Governor's ridiculous church restrictions to Kansas' CCL law.

Frontier Forest said...

Last night on the news, I heard the pastor’s interview, saying, in his opinion, “This brave young lady probably saved over 100 lives.” I thought that was quite an overstatement until I read this morning’s KC Star, that reported the gunman had over 1000 rounds of heavy ammunition besides 2 handguns. What an awful tragedy for those 2 young sisters, and the young folks at the YFAM headquarters. Didn’t know about her 3 days of fasting, but I feel the Lord honored her act of worship by granting her a special anointing of wisdom and power to comprehend the gravity of the moment. We can all praise the Lord that by His power, this young lady became God’s instant instrument of justice.

The Presbyteer said...

I can just feel the national media squirming. Here they have a strong female hero, but alas, she's an evangelical Christian who likes guns.

Anglican at last said...

Buried in the news stories of the gunman's Web postings are his references to "New Life" not just as hypocrites, but pedophiles. Explains why the leaders of Gnostic pseudo-churches feel the need to have armed bodyguards.

AJF said...

Anglican,

Huh?

Please explain.

GUNNY said...

I'm not feelin' ya either, Anglican.

But I will say this, events such as these really prompt folks to think of the wisdom not only in the CHL, but in encouraging folks in the church to carry.

AJF said...

I'm thinking of packing some heat under my robe. I'll have to make a special slot for easy access. I'll need to fit my Beretta with a red dot...