The big news about November 4th – was that it never really turned into big news. Protesters hit the streets in numerous cities – but when you really come down to it, not very many. In some they were actually outnumbered by their police escorts.
PART X – THE BIG FIZZLE & THE BIG SLAUGHTER
Despite a full page ad taken out in the New York Times national edition, the Antifa protests to bring down the ‘Trump-Pence Regime’ never really amounted to much at all. Los Angeles could boast a couple thousand and in New York and Philadelphia protestors numbered in the hundreds, but elsewhere would see a few dozen at best.[i] In Austin they could only gather about 20. The Austin Statesman reported: “Counterprotesters outnumbered 3-to-1 the anti-fascism group that gathered at Austin City Hall on Saturday to protest the Trump Administration. By 3 p.m., the 20 or so members of the Antifa group were marching toward the Texas Capitol, still dogged by 75 from the opposing group, several of whom displayed Confederate flags.”[ii] Even more embarrassing, in Portland, police outnumbered the protestors 2-to-1. I know there were groups of Christians praying into these warnings, looking for God to intervene. We thank the Lord that their prayers were answered and that the anti-Constitution forces were not able to mount a serious threat.
A SUNDAY SLAUGHTER
It was the massacre of the week. A Baptist Church in Southerland Texas. The details are shocking if becoming nauseatingly familiar. A gunman outfitted in tactical gear. 26 killed. 20 wounded. The killing was indiscriminate. Mothers, babies, children purposely targeted. Empty the clip. Reload. Start again. No one rushed him. Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was killed in the rampage. The pastor told ABC News: “every one of his family’s close friends is among the deceased.”[iii] The killing spree only stopped when “a good guy with a gun” stepped in. A former NRA instructor, Stephen Willeford became aware of shots being fired in the church next door. He grabbed his AR-15 from a safe and saw the gunman and engaged him. Willeford hit the shooter, Devon Kelley twice, in the leg and in the torso. That’s when Kelley decided he’d had enough and fled in his vehicle.[iv] Willeford enlisted a neighbor’s assistance and the two followed the murderer who turned a corner at a high rate of speed, flipped his car and was found dead at the scene by police, with a possible self-inflicted head wound.
So just who was Devon Kelly? He was court martialed out of the Air Force for assaulting his wife and stepson. While serving he had threatened higher ranking individuals. While at one time he taught Bible classes at a Vacation Bible School he later flipped and began preaching a form of militant atheism, demeaning and belittling those who believe in God, especially Christians, painting them as “stupid.” So we have a picture here of someone who is definitely mentally unstable. But is that what drove him?
There is some suggestion out there that Kelley was somehow – at least spiritually – tied in to the Antifa cause. Hal Turner posted supposed screen shot of his Facebook page with an Antifa flag on it. [I cannot vouch for the veracity of that.] However we do know that he was a militant atheist with very liberal / progressive views. He could be described as a “social justice warrior.” Here is a shot of the Facebook page that was mysteriously taken down within minutes of the shooting being made public. The Liberal / Socialist / Progressive take away in all of this: More gun control. Despite the fact that Kelly had obtained the guns illegally and that the slaughter had been stopped by a good guy with a gun. I guess facts just don’t matter. To the Left, only ‘The Agenda’ is sacred.
[i] Matthew Vadum, Antifa Fail, Front Page Magazine, November 6, 2017
[ii] Antifa group protests Trump administration as counterprotesters wave Confederate flag at Austin City Hall,
The American Statesman, November 4, 2017
[iii] Pastor’s 14-year-old daughter among dead in Texas church shooting, ABC Eyewitness News, November 6, 2017
[iv] In Texas, a good guy with a gun took on a bad guy with a gun, Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2017