Rifle-owning man may have saved lives

What if Stephen Willeford had not noticed what was going on at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday — and sprung into action?

We can never know with certainty. But there is reason to believe that the man Willeford confronted would have gone on to kill more people.

Willeford got his own rifle and began shooting at the man, who already had killed 26 people and wounded 20 others inside and around the church. Then, Willeford flagged down a motorist, Johnnie Langondorff, and the two chased the killer’s truck at high speed, until it crashed. It appears the killer took his own life — after it became clear he was not going to outrun his pursuers.

The anti-gun lobby dismisses those who say an armed populace is a good safeguard against evildoers.

But in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a man with an “assault rifle” may well have prevented an even more horrific massacre than what did occur.