Do You Feel Safe In Your House of Worship?

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    I live in Illinois.........so that's a big fat NO. There are alot of cops that attend my church so I hope that at least 1 or 2 of them carry at church but I have never talked to them about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp View Post
    I've been holding instruction on Saturdays so clergy and parisioners can attend. When the congregation gets wind of the ushers' packing, collections go way up.
    Gotta pass that one on to my pastor....

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    i feel just as safe in church as i do anywhere else that i go. not very!!!! there is at least one cop that goes to church with us but i have never asked if he is carrying.

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    I am not uncomfortable in church if I am not carrying. I feel safer than in a downtown business.

    Consider how many thousands of churches meet at least once on Sunday, and some twice plus Wednesday evening. Yes there have been a few church shootings, but the percentage is absolutely miniscule. If you are worried then so be it, but I am not.

    Although I do carry, I am persuaded that the danger is blown all out of proportion to any actual danger.
    Now if the traffic is heavy I am much more likely to have an accident and be injured than to be attacked at a church service.

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    I do not attend regular services but a close friend of mine plays in his church band and they are often times short a 2nd trumpet player. I fill in a lot because I honestly really enjoy gospel music even though I don't like organized religion. Go figure, right? haha. I don't carry on my person while I am playing but my gun goes in my gig bag and it's never more then 2 feet away from me. I re-holster when I get outside.
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    My pastor is a former police office and very pro-gun. He knows that I have my concerns about safety in church, we had a brief discussion about it. I'm certain he wouldn't have a problem with my carrying in church if I were to ask him but I just don't think I want to live anyplace where I feel the need to carry in church and fortunately I don't feel that I'm in danger at my church.

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    I feel safer at the House of Pancakes!

    I think there's a higher chance of our church being the place of an attack.
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    Do I feel safe in my house of worship? Yup. Do I carry there? Almost always. Do I feel safe there when I don't carry? Yup.

    So far as I know, no one has done anything during Mass at any parish in our diocese. There was an armed robbery of a rosary group meeting on a weeknight. Two robbers were later arrested (good police work!)

    The defense dynamic would change in such a situation, but that should probably be another thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    I feel safer at the House of Pancakes!
    he he At least you'll be in the company of lots of LEO's
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp View Post
    he he At least you'll be in the company of lots of LEO's
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    being a small congregation I feel safe enough but I know that almost no one Carries to services.

    After all thats happened it does make you wonder, as we are a growing church, what COULD happen in the future.
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    and how many of us SHOULD carry
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    I feel safe, but I respect the knowledge that anytime someone speaks out against sin there is an increase in the possibility of retaliation by those who are accused of committing the sin being preached on.

    My Pastor doesn't mince words, he calls sin by what it is and I know that offends people. The truth hurts.

    I also know I am protected and I know most of the Pastoral security detail, and many of them know me (at least by sight).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I do not attend regular services but a close friend of mine plays in his church band and they are often times short a 2nd trumpet player. I fill in a lot because I honestly really enjoy gospel music even though I don't like organized religion. Go figure, right? haha. I don't carry on my person while I am playing but my gun goes in my gig bag and it's never more then 2 feet away from me. I re-holster when I get outside.
    You should come visit us, we've rarely been accused of being ORGANIZED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PastorPack View Post
    You should come visit us, we've rarely been accused of being ORGANIZED.
    That made me chuckle.
    -It is a seriously scary thought that there are subsets of American society that think being intellectual is a BAD thing...

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