SHOULD CHURCHES ARM THEIR MEMBERS?


The unthinkable has happened, and not just at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where 26 church members were murdered and more than 20 were wounded. There was the horrific race-based shooting in 2015 that took place in Charleston, SC, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where nine people were murdered. There have been other church shootings. The Antioch murders are the worst in United States History.

Churches are soft targets. Their doors used to be always open. Not anymore. Theft, vandalism, and now mass murder are now part of our culture.

In December 2011, a man shot up two churches, killing five people. He was stopped by Jeanne Assam, a voluntary security guard when she shot him.

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If crazy evil murderers like these church shooters knew that people in a congregation were armed, do you think they would attempt an assault? I don’t think so.

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Every mass shooting in the United States took place in areas where the victims were unarmed: schools, nightclubs, movie theater, and oddly enough, a military base (Fort Hood).

You may recall the Killeen, Texas, Luby’s restaurant shooting in 1991. “George Hennard . . . crashed his pickup truck through the front plate glass window of the Luby’s Cafeteria. . .,  shot 50 people (killing 23), exchanged shots with responding police, and then hid in a bathroom and fatally shot himself.”

After the shooting in which her parents were murdered by the gunman, Suzanna Hupp, a survivor of the shooting who watched her parents die, spoke out against new gun control measures. “I don’t view myself as a victim of gun violence, I view myself as a victim of a maniac who happened to use a gun as a tool,” she told lawmakers.

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