‘Gun-free’ laws make targets of churches
February 16, 2014 12:32 AM | 786 views | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I was surprised by MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough’s criticism of the effort at the Georgia Assembly to eliminate some of the most critical vulnerabilities that we face as a country and society in a world that is far from perfect. Though I agree that in an ideal world, the House of The Lord should not be a place where anybody should expect to encounter evil, turning churches and schools into “gun-free” zones makes them the perfect soft target for evil (or deranged) individuals. For them, what is important is to inflict pain and suffering to as many fellow human beings as possible.

I do not believe that these evil or deranged individuals are interested in the legality of their acts. Murdering a human being is illegal in all states in our union. Would any rational person believe that someone planning to commit mass-murder on an entire congregation would be stopped by the knowledge that it is illegal to bring a firearm to church or school?

The only person concerned with abiding the law would be the fellow churchgoer sitting next to me, who is capable of defending my wife, my children, and me when that deranged individual walks to the front of the church and starts shooting random parishioners. I certainly have no qualms if that fellow parishioner sits next to my family and me at church!

Do we need to wait until we have a massacre in Georgia before we think that the issue should have priority at the Legislature?

Luis E. Estrada

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Guido Sarducci
February 17, 2014
Lib and smith and wesson: Now that the alarmists have spoken, perhaps we can have some intelligent dialogue on this subject.

If you were in church (which Lib never is) and a gunman opened fire, which would you prefer the guy next to you have in his hand, a hymnal or a .38?
Roy Bean
February 17, 2014
At Guido

Son a .38 is a woman,s purse gun, or a gamblers vest piece. You gotta carry something so that when you hit them they don't get back up like a .44, or .45.

But the don't under estimate the power of God. Did you know that during the War Between the States many men were saved by the little pocket bible they carried it their shirt pocket?

Seems to me a man or a lady wants to carry then they carry, anyone can decide not to carry but then who is there to help them that don't carry when the are facing a barrel? Marshal can't help he is out chasing the guys who robbed the bank last week.
smith & wesson
February 16, 2014
Guns in church is a God given right given to us by the NRA! Just keep both hands on the pew in front of you. If a visitor reaches into his coat pocket for his wallet, he may find five handguns pointed at his face, or worse. Has anyone considered snipers in the choir loft and camouflage "duck dynasty" choir robes.
Lib in Cobb
February 16, 2014
A safer suggestion would be to hire armed guards.

These mega churches which dot the landscape could well afford it.
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