When Pastor Terry Howell called an employee into his office at Living Water Fellowship in Kissimmee Florida to terminate his employment, he didn’t expect what happened next. According to police reports Benjamin Paragan Jr., an employee of the church for over eight years, pulled a gun and opened fire on the minister. Although Pastor Howell was not expecting to be shot at, he was prepared.
Howell, who holds a concealed carry permit, drew his own weapon and returned fire striking his assailant several times and critically wounding him. Paragan’s condition has been upgraded to stable, and according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office he has been charged with Aggravated Assault with intent to kill with other charges pending. Howell was not injured in the shooting.
Most of us go about our lives not expecting the kind of trouble that makes the use of a gun necessary, but as I read on recent Facebook meme, “A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and don’t have one… you’ll probably never need one again”. This was certainly true for Pastor Howell. Gun control advocates, when they are unable to stop us from having guns often resort to limiting the places we can carry them. In many states churches are one of the places guns are prohibited, but this incident demonstrates the fallacy behind such restrictions.
Despite what the Bloomberg disciples would have you believe, guns make the world a safer place. There will always be bad guys with guns, and it almost always works out better when the good guys are armed as well.