An Air Force error allowed the Texas church shooter to purchase the weapon he used on Sunday to kill 26 people and injure 20 others, yet liberals are, once again, clamoring for new gun restrictions when the government can’t enforce the laws we have.

There are indications elsewhere that individuals with convictions like domestic violence and other serious crimes are not populating the data bases as they should.

Why can’t the government enforce the gun restrictions we have? Because government is largely incompetent.

Democrats in 2013 killed a bill that would have provided funding for gun-crime prosecutions that would have likely sent the Texas church shooter to prison because he lied on his applications.

Interestingly, the Obama administration was lax in even prosecuting such crimes, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the sponsors of the 2013 bill, in an interview on FOX News Monday night. (Sorry if we triggered some sensitive readers with the FOX News reference.)

Good guys with a gun chase the bad guy with a gun and stop further carnage. They are heroes.

Eight people across three generations in one family, the Holcombes, died and that is simply heartbreaking. The whole thing is heartbreaking. All of the mass shooting have been heartbreaking and the liberals still think the government can legislate evil out of the hearts of human beings. You can’t legislate good.

The killer was known to have assaulted his own step child and his wife for which he served military time. He escaped from a mental institution several years ago.

The “same script” our more liberal friends are bemoaning over this mass shooting should be that evil exists. It’s a mental health issue, not a gun issue.

 Christians, especially, understand that evil exists. And Christians, of all people, understand why church shootings, while grief stricken, don’t intimidate the church.

“The church was formed against the threat of terror. Jesus himself stood before a Roman governor who told him that the state had the authority to kill him, in the most horrific way possible — staking him to a crossbeam to bleed slowly to death before a jeering crowd,” wrote the Rev. Russell Moore, the Mississippi native who is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, in a column in The Washington Post on Monday.

“The Christian gospel does not cower before death. Those who give their lives in witness to Christ are not helpless victims, in our view. In fact, the Book of Revelation maintains that those who are martyred are in fact ruling with Christ. This is not in spite of the fact that they are killed. They triumph even as they are killed. That’s because they are joined to a Christ who has been dead, and never will be again.”

The church came to conclude, in the midst of the violence, that death is not the endpoint, he wrote.

The dead at The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, are martyrs for Christ because they died worshiping God.

The reality has hit home that it could happen here, so churches should be encourage to consider trained volunteers or even armed professionals.

At our more urban churches in the metro, there is that struggle to decide whether to allow someone in who may not “look the part” at 11 a.m., who may or may not be a potential security risk.

Christians shouldn’t build impenetrable walls around their churches and lock the front door to pray. That is not the Gospel.

“We want the word preached to be heard by all, yet we need to be careful at the same time,” said one minister at a large church that has welcomed the homeless.

Experts say that those who are closest to a shooter in a sanctuary should try to tackle him and trust others will follow.

Throwing hymnals and Bibles, preferably from the balcony, could be an effective distraction as well.

But there’s no need for granny to pack a pistol only to have the weapon discharge accidentally during the prelude.

These are no joking matters. Every school, church and business should have a plan. We’re not going to be able to legislate sanity and it makes no sense to confiscate weapons from the good guys.

But sinners saved by grace know that if they’re called home, — and the hour is appointed for all — one of the most glorious ways to go would be as a family worshiping the Lord in His house on the Lord’s Day.

Texas survivors are beginning to share their Christian witness and what they’re having to say is powerful, demonstrating why the church of Jesus Christ isn’t intimidated by church shootings.