As more shootings at houses of worship make headlines, churches around the country are stepping up security, training their staff on how to detect and confront violent assailants, and asking congregants with licenses to carry guns during services.Well I never thought I'd see the day. Good for them.
This entire article is worth quoting, every word, and it's exactly what the gun rights folk have been saying for some time now. The meat of the article comes from a security consultant who lays out the obvious for churchgoers:
Traditional security measures, like metal detectors or pat-downs, might compromise that sense of sanctuary, 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.Now we're getting somewhere folks. If this is what's being done in churches in California, and written in the LA Times no less, then we're definitely at a turning point no matter how bad things may seem.
Well said sir. Go read this article. The whole thing is good to go. This is the sort of message that needs to be spread far and wide.
No matter the shooter's motivation, churches are easy targets, experts say.
"During a church service, you've got a large number of people in a very confined and close space, and an armed gunman can put a lot of lead down the range in a very short amount of time," said Greg Crane, who owns a security consultant firm called Response Options.
"If the devil comes to visit someday," he asked, "how ready are you going to be?"