Should Pastors Protect Their Church with a Gun?

By Rob Morse

Pastor Pastor E. W. Jackson
Pastor Pastor E. W. Jackson
Slow Facts
Slow Facts

California – -(  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 into hurt my church members, I have an absolute obligation to defend them.. to protect them.” Video

Reverend Kenn Blanchard
Reverend Kenn Blanchard

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.”  Link

Pastor Doug Giles
Pastor Doug Giles

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.

About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 3 thoughts on “Should Pastors Protect Their Church with a Gun?

    1. I am a Franciscan Missionary Catholic priest working throughout Southwest New Mexico and El Paso Paso Texas. I need help finding a program to help me protect the sheep untrusted to me.

    2. I’m a female pastor, serving 2 churches. My husband bought me a small handgun for Mother’s Day. I trained at an accredited shooting range, obtained my CCW permit, and wear “Maggie” my 22 LCR Magnum wherever I can legally do so. I WILL protect the sheep God has placed in my care, reluctantly bot confidently with my weapon, if need be.

    3. Licensed by the Minnesota BCA to teach Permit to Carry, I have trained and qualified a “not insignificant” number of pastors for their Carry Permits.

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