Citizen Defenders Featured in New NRA Viral Instagram Video

Stephen Willeford and Jack Wilson Deal Gun Control a Searing Flame 

Sutherland Springs, Texas (November 2, 2020) – On November 5, 2017, a deranged man entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He shot and killed 26 congregants and injured 20 others. That day Stephen Willeford was the “Good Guy with the gun” and took his AR-15 to face the killer’s evil. Similarly, in 2019, Jack Wilson confronted and shot a killer who opened fire in a church in White Settlement, Texas. Together, Willeford and Wilson have joined forces to set the record straight on why America should never give up the right to bear arms in a recent video released on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. The video has garnered over 1,000,000 views on Instagram, since its launch last week, over 401,000 on Twitter, and 52,000 on YouTube.

NRA Commercial Flame Featuring Stephen Willeford and Jack Wilson:

“I am so thankful for our NRA members who stand ready to protect their families and our communities. Mr. Willeford and Mr. Wilson are incredible examples of ‘good guys’ with guns,” said Texas-based NRA Board Member Rick Figueroa.

Photo courtesy of the NRA

“We are coming up on the anniversary of the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Our story was heard about around the world,” says Stephen “My wife and I now attend First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and love our church family. I have since made myself available to tell people what happened and share what God has done in the aftermath of that terrible day.”

In November 2017, Willeford was able to stop the murderer by shooting him six times. Stephen quickly responded to the sound of gunfire, grabbing his AR-15, running from his home to the church, and calling out to the shooter. Under fire, Willeford struck the killer in the left side of his chest and his abdomen striking him in the body armor. Once hit, the killer began to flee to his car, while continuing to fire. As he entered his car, Willeford struck him in the leg, and his side. The fifth bullet grazed the killer’s forehead. As the shooter fled, Willeford fired one last shot, through the back window of his vehicle, striking him to the right of his left shoulder blade.

Pictured Left to Right: Jack Wilson and Stephen Willeford. Photo courtesy of the the NRA

As the killer fled, Willeford jumped in the truck of a nearby witness, Johnny Langendorf, and began pursuit. Together, the two citizens followed the murderer in a high-speed chase for 11 miles. The shooter later ran off the road. Willeford and Langendorf held the scene, waiting for the police to arrive, 7 minutes later. Willeford was down to his last two rounds. It was not until later that Willeford would learn that the shooter had killed himself.

Stephen Willeford is available to speak at your church, company, or event, to tell his story, and talk about church safety and preparedness. Please visit: for more information.


Stephen Willeford Biography

A native of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Stephen Willeford was raised in a family of five on a dairy farm near First Baptist Church. He is the fourth generation to live on a few hundred acres of land in Wilson County.

Stephen has always relied on his faith to guide his life, and his deep roots in Sutherland Springs are a product of his family’s commitment to their community. An avid sportsman, Stephen began shooting at a young age and honed his shooting skills by participating in shooting competitions as he grew older. He made sure, his three children were trained in gun safety, passing along his expertise.

After the deadly mass shooting in November 2017, Stephen has become known across the country as the “good guy with a gun.” Stephen credits his unwavering faith and penchant for preparedness as to why he was able to step in during this critical incident, believing that each day of his life prepared him for what happened on that Sunday morning.

Stephen has begun speaking publicly about his life and experiences, even delivering a lauded speech at the National Rifle Association Convention in May 2018. Because of his selfless service to his community,

Stephen was also an honored guest of members of the Texas delegation at the 2018 State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. An experienced professional plumber, Stephen earned his license from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School in San Antonio and has nearly 35 years of experience in his field. In 2018, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Stephen to serve on the Texas Private Security Board.

He is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), is an NRA-certified instructor and a former assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

Stephen has been married to Pam Farmer Willeford for 31 years and has three children, and four grandchildren.

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