A Rabbi urges his congregation to carry guns at synagogue after contemplating the Pittsburgh attack on worshipers last year.
All too often these days we hear of people shooting up places of worship, which apparently begs the question: Should you bring your gun to church or whatever your worshiping body calls the building you worship in?
News this morning brings me the story of a Rabbi who is now urging his congregation to carry in Synagogue. Rabbi Rodkin had this to say:
I know it sounds horrible, but I think it's a very logical approach for the situation we're in. I don't want people to have guns. But I think to protect our families, it's a necessity now.
I applaud his decision to ask his congregants to be armed.
I think this is a no brainer, personally, just as long as you can legally bring your gun with you. What I mean, is that not all states allow a gun owner to carry in a place of worship–though I think that is reckless and extremely stupid on any state who says you cannot carry in a place of worship.
Why? Because they cannot guarantee your safety.
South Carolina for example doesn't allow citizens to carry in church or other designated places of worship without prior permission. I knew that, by the way, because I have our Concealed Carry App downloaded on my phone that tells me such things. If you don't have the app, you should download it.
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If you can legally carry in your place of worship and feel comfortable doing so, then you should carry in your place of worship. Period. If not, then don't. I won't try to make you.
But if you do decide to carry in church, I do urge you to get trained up a bit more on the use of your gun to make sure you are as ready as possible.
I'd even go one step further and try to put together some sort of team who train more regularly that is made up of people who are always carrying. I've visited churches in Pennsylvania with armed security, and appreciated the fact that they were there.
But, here's the thing, it doesn't matter how many active shooter drills you do or even how many security guards you have in your place of worship — chances are good that nothing will go according to plan and the security guard may get taken out.
Training for as many different scenarios as you can is a good idea, and make sure you're comfortable shooting your gun.
As someone who is a practicing Christian, meaning that I go to church on a regular basis, I believe it is important to protect my family. That is something I've been charged with and I take it seriously. I carry when I'm at church and refuse to let any other person take on the role of protecting my children and wife.
Should you carry a gun to church, synagogue, or mosque? Absolutely. Why wouldn't you?
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