North Carolina Pastor Disarms Vet During New Year's Service
by TIM STELLOH
January 3, 2016
As the man approached the pulpit — and as Wright carefully moved toward him — some of the 60 or so congregants at Wright's Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville believed the gunman was a prop, Wright told NBC News, that their pastor was using an unusual method to emphasize a point he had been making at that precise moment about gun violence: "At any moment your life could be taken from you."
Wright, 57, is a City Council member. But he was also a career military man — a former paratrooper and drill sergeant who retired in 1997 — so his training kicked in as he descended the pulpit's three steps: Was there a bullet still in the chamber? Would he need to tackle the man? Would he need to subdue him?
Wright began with a simple question.
"I asked him, 'Can I help you?'" Wright recalled. "He said, 'Can you pray for me?'"
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