Should Pastors Protect Their Church with a Gun?

Slow FactsAmong Christian ministers, there is a strong appeal to be a defenseless victim.  I disagree.  I think pastors should protect their congregation.

e-w-jacksonSo does Pastor Pastor E. W. Jackson.

“I am a pastor.  If someone comes into hurt my church members, I have an absolute obligation to defend them.. to protect them.”

kenn-the-author3So does Reverend Kenn Blanchard.

“One advantage of being armed is having training.. The position you’re in as a shepherd is to lay down your life for your sheep.”

doug-gilesSo does Pastor Doug Giles.

“What are you going to do? This is the ultimate What Would Jesus Do query, eh?  I think if Jesus were placed in such a situation he would whip out his Glock and double tap the center mass of any killer who was attempting to put a bullet in one of his defenseless disciples.

“Okay, maybe Jesus wouldn’t do it but Peter definitely would have.”  Link

I suggest training for those pastors still sitting on the fence.  The owner of Bear Beam Firearms in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers free training classes to preachers and ministers. Owner Charles Peters said “Protecting .. their flock is important.  Being prepared for that unfortunate event.. needs to take place prior to it happening. Not reacting to it afterwards.  I’ve (offered these classes) before and nobody shows up because nobody thinks it affects them.  The recent event will cause them to see how much it can affect them.”
Pastors will only need to show identification showing they’re a pastor or assistant pastor. They will still need to pay any state fees associated with the permit.

About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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