Everyone likes to imagine that, were the worst to happen and a gunman showed up at their place of worship, work, or somewhere else, that they’d be a hero and stand up to the gun-wielding murderer.
But how many would actually do so when the worst happens rather than just running away, as seems more likely? Who knows. Such things can’t be determined until the worst happens.
However, now we know that Pastor Billy Chang, the former pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, is such a man who can act like a hero when the worst of the worst show up to commit evil predations upon the Faithful.
That’s because former pastor Chang, when disaster struck, acted with fortitude and bravery, fighting off the attempted mass shooter and subduing him. What’s more, he did so with nothing other than a chair!
Further details on the incident come from a man interviewed about the incident by the LA Times, Jerry Chen.
Chen, a churchgoer who was in the place of worship at the time of the horrific attack, explained the setting for what happened, saying:
“Everyone had just finished lunch. They were taking photos with Pastor Chang. I had just finished my lunch and went into the kitchen.”
So people were eating lunch and taking pictures with their beloved former pastor. Then someone showed up with a gun and started firing, which Chen was able to hear from the kitchen. Speaking on that, he said:
“I heard the gun sounds. Then I heard two or three more gunshots. He was just randomly shooting.”
But then Chen saw the heroic pastor leap into action. As the gunman paused to reload his weapon, former pastor Chang grabbed a chair and used it to swing at the shooter. Then other, heroic parishioners stepped up and did their part to save their fellows, leaping into the fray and subduing the gunman, who was hog-tied with an extension cord. Somehow they had the restraint to not lynch him.
Chen, speaking on the awful incident, said:
“This is just so sad. I never, ever thought something like this would happen in my church, in my community.”
Despite the pastor’s bravery, one man was killed and five senior citizens were wounded during the horrible May 16th attack, which targeted the mostly Taiwanese church. While a motive is as yet unclear, it could have been an attack on those of Taiwanese descent, as seems likely given the gunman’s CCP ties.
Local law enforcement, remarking upon the bravery of those who responded to the gunman by fighting back, said:
“That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities. I think it’s safe to say that had people not intervened, it could have been much worse.”
Governor Newsom’s office tweeted about the incident, saying:
“No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event.”