I would like to extend a group THANK YOU to all that replied.
Eventhough I am not a man of the cloth I feel that this is a decision that anyone that carries a gun for defensive purposes should come to grips with long before they start carrying a gun.
To me a gun is a life saving tool and it's power is able to be used rightly or wrongly, depending upon whom is behind the gun. Granted there are some situations where there is no good choice, just some choices are a little better than others.
Maybe not the pastors that have made the decision to protect their lives, and others, but society as a whole doesn't spend much time reflecting what it really means to take a human life. I can tell you that while I've never taken a life, I have been around death and have been close to taking a life on more than one occasion. In each instance a little bit of my humanity died.
For me the choice is between the death of my humanity and the death of my physical being. I know which choice I have made, but it isn't for me to tell another what their choice is, or should be.
Take care and stay safe;