There have been a number of shootings at churches in the news lately — Rev. Fred Winters and Dr. George Tiller come to mind.
So how can a church protect itself from the violence?
That’s a tough question. But I don’t think this idea will help:
Traditional security measures, like metal detectors or pat-downs, might compromise that sense of sanctuary, [security consultant Vaughn] Baker said. So he proposed other, subtler methods. He suggested that churches organize undercover security teams — and recommended that some members come armed with concealed weapons.
A church is no different from a school or mall or concert — Lots of people in enclosed space. It’s difficult to prevent acts of violence in any of those places because the crimes are so unpredictable. With concealed weapons, though, you’re bound to have someone react unnecessarily, leading to even more casualties.
Plus, anyone who’s been in a church knows how many people walk in late. Can you imagine someone with a concealed weapon sitting in the pews, getting provoked every time the church door opens? He’d be freaking out every two minutes.
(Thanks to J Madden for the link!)