Among Christian ministers, there is a strong appeal to be a defenseless victim. I disagree. I think pastors should protect their congregation.
So does Pastor Pastor E. W. Jackson:
“I am a pastor. If someone comes in to hurt my church members, I have an absolute obligation to defend them.. to protect them.”
So 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.”
So 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.”
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.