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Does conceal carrying in church provide a level of protection and security for individuals, families and the church as a whole? Does the very act of carrying a loaded weapon into a place of worship violate the very peace that building represents?  Is it a responsibility and duty to protect family and friends or is it a sacrilegious mistrust of God’s protection? Does surrounding violence and criminal activity make obligatory the carrying of firearms? Are small churches in peaceful neighborhoods exempt from such considerations? Are members paranoid for desiring to carry in church? Are current or former Law Enforcement Officers the only ones to be allowed to carry in church? Can “regular” CCL holders be trusted to be trained well enough to not cause more harm than good when reacting to an incident in such a chaotic environment?

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2012 Sikh Temple Shooting

These are some of the questions, both bluntly stated and implied, I encountered while reading up on this topic. Reading through the comments sections on numerous sites revealed most of these questions. Most people seem to have a very visceral reaction to the idea of loaded firearms in places of worship. Many recoil in horror at the very idea of violating a sacred place of peace, worship, and refuge with a tool of death. Many others emphatically state case after case of violent actions in churches, synagogues and other places of worship in the USA as an urgent and pressing demand to remove the “gun-free-zone” label off of these places. Very few comments were in the middle. Though I’m not a  psychologist, I believe people react so strongly because the act of joining together to worship our God is a deeply personal one.

For many, churches represent the one place they feel secure, loved, hopeful, and peaceful. It is their escape from the chaos around them. Their shelter in the storm. To borrow a little from the New Testament, it is a well-built, protected sheep-fold for them to come to for safety and shelter. To consider bringing weapons into the sheepfold is asking them to consider their sheep-fold as vulnerable to predators. To some, discussing the possibility a wolf might enter the fold is to dishonor their Shepherd. Preparing defenses against the wolf attack is to not have faith in God’s protection.

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Atlanta 2012 Shooting

Others look at the violent attacks that have occurred in churches in the US and around the world (see the links below) and earnestly seek to defend the lives of their loved ones and church family from such horrific actions. They see a firearm as no more of a violation to the sanctity of worship than a cell phone. Both are used to bring firepower to a situation; one immediately, the other to call the cops.

201104_114_GunChurchHere in Georgia, it is currently illegal for me, and all other, non-LEO, Georgia citizens to carry in a place of worship. Many other states leave it up to local church boards, pastors or other religious leaders. Due to the wide variety of rules and regulations governing conceal carry in houses of worship, I highly recommend you research the laws for your area. Whatever your current practice is (carry in church or not), it is always good to know the laws governing something as important as concealed carry. You never know when something may change and to paraphrase, fore-learned is forearmed.

More on this topic next week…

 

What Others Are Saying…

http://www.arizonaccw.net/should-you-carry-concealed-in-church/

https://backwoodshome.com/blogs/MassadAyoob/2012/04/01/a-thought-for-a-sunday/

http://www.standardnewswire.com/index.php?module=releases&task=view&releaseID=7978

http://churchexecutive.com/archives/pistol-packing-pastor

http://churchexecutive.com/archives/prepare-for-the-worst-pray-for-the-best

http://churchsecuritymember.com/carrying-a-concealed-firearm-in-church-should-you-do-it/

 

A few of the Recent Church Attacks in the US

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/24/gunman-confronts-catholic-priest-outside-delaware-church-steals-his-car/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/21/4-dead-including-gunman-in-rural-pennsylvania-shooting/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57594120-504083/gregory-eldred-pa-man-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-murdering-organist-ex-wife-in-church/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/21/gunman-fires-shots-in-southern-mo-church-subdued-by-attendees/

http://www.examiner.com/article/st-louis-church-congregation-robbed-at-gun-point

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120325/ARTICLES/120329781/1112

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/24/one-person-shot-inside-atlanta-church-authorities-search-for-gunman/

Excellent Videos of a Church Massacre Survivor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ga-dwP8gME (Survivor of the St. James Massacre Speaks to Virginia Citizen’s Defense League)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHs8a88GEH8 (More from Charl van Wyk)

The Fight in Georgia to get the right to carry in churches… Georgia Carry.org v Georgia 2011

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201104/201104_114_Guns.cfm

 

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Comments
  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    “Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.”

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