Dear Abby: My parents told me that a member of their congregation carries a licensed gun when he's in church.
He is not a law-enforcement officer or a private security guard but keeps the gun on him "for protection."
When I asked what the pastor has to say about this, I was told, "He doesn't know or can't do anything about it."
I suggested that Mom and Dad speak to the congregation's board of directors because it is legally and financially responsible for the church. They refused even though they are not happy about the gun issue.
I'm not sure what bothers me more: that this man is packing heat or that my parents have valid concerns and won't speak out. What do you think?
- Gun-shy in N.Y.C.
Dear Gun-shy: If the man has a license to carry the gun, then he is breaking no laws.
You are certainly within your rights to refrain from being in his presence. If your parents were really concerned about their safety, they would either talk to the pastor or go somewhere else to worship.
Because they have done neither, I think you should let it go.