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.
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!)