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Should Churches Be ‘Gun-Free Zones’?

Posted on the 16 January 2013 by Eastofmidnight

Representatives of both the NRA and the Gun Owners of America have said that one way to stop the types of shootings that happened in Newtown is to eliminate ‘gun-free zones’ around schools. I don’t really want to talk about that, but that line of argument raises a different issue with me.

Is there any place in society that should be a ‘gun-free zone’?

Should churches be ‘gun-free zones’?

My home church has security patrolling the parking lot, but iirc, that person only steps inside the building to let the church administrator know that they have arrived.

No church in the ‘hood (that I know of)  has armed security on church property.

Yet there have been shootings at two UU churches and a few non-UU churches (most recently the Sikh Gurdwara last August) in the last 7 years.

Is there a place for guns inside religious buildings?

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