Below, guest speaker Geert Wilders looked happy with the well armed SWAT team that protected the Garland celebration of American free speech.
I watched the entire event live on the internet (love those tubes!). If you are patient enough to watch three hours of speeches and whatnot, check it out (spare link). The shooting started after the speeches were finished: an armed man in camo came into the room and advised that shots had been fired outside. It was later reported that the two men, armed with assault weapons, opened fire on the police and were shot dead by an officer with a service pistol. Good shooting!
The free speech event itself went fine. Geert Wilders gave a strong talk and quoted a Texas founder in his remarks:
Speech Geert Wilders at Muhammad Cartoon Contest, Garland Texas, May 3, 2015
Thank you all for being here. It’s great to be in Texas, the Lone Star State. The one star in the Texan flag represents all the free Western world needs today: defiance, pride and independence.
It is no coincidence that we are in Garland, Texas, tonight. It is here that, three months ago, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Islamic activists convened to demand that free speech be curtailed. They want to prohibit cartoons, books and films which they find insulting.
Our answer is clear:?Don’t mess with Texas!
Don’t mess with the free West!
Don’t mess with our freedom of speech! [. . .]
Let me end by quoting Sam Houston, the founding father of this great state of Texas:
“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”
May his words inspire us all today never to submit to Islamic barbarism.
Former CIA operative Gary Berntsen appeared this morning on Fox News to talk about what happened, and he knew a couple people at the event. Those friends said the attackers were carrying AK-47s with drum magazines that hold a lot of ammo. Berntsen observed, “That means significant capacity to fire on a crowd. They probably weren’t there to kill one person. They were probably looking to do mass casualties. Thank goodness for the Garland Police.”