Why Churches Shouldn’t Have to Have Armed Security

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Why Churches Shouldn’t Have to Have Armed Security

Jake Silvey, Student Journalist

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“Nine Killed in Shooting at Black Church in Charleston” read the New York Times headlines just three years ago when a white male opened fire in a historic black church killing nine. This is terrible. It needs to be stopped. But is putting armed security guards in churches around the country the best answer to these unwarranted attacks? Or are they just a rarity that can’t be prevented altogether? I believe in adding security into U.S. churches to try and prevent mass shooting which have happened too many times in recent years; however, armed guards in churches could create more problems than you think.

While armed guards would be put in place to repel fear, it could instead drag fear into churches. Churches are known as a safe place for many and putting guns in a church could make many feel unsafe and bring a message of vulnerability instead of protection. While this may help prevent a scene similar to what happened in Charleston, these attacks have affected just a small number of churches and cannot be totally prevented no matter what. One of the biggest reasons for guns to stay away from churches is how they go directly against religious beliefs and could create greater controversy.

There is no easy way to stop mentally unstable people with guns from getting into churches, but because of the rarity of this horrible scene happening, guns in churches could do almost the opposite of creating a safe environment in sacred buildings.

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