Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members

Seems to me this was unnecessary as we already have the Second Amendment. And to the pastor who claims this goes against preaching love and peace? Well, I love myself, family and friends and want to protect them against criminals who don’t have peace in their hearts while brandishing a gun at me/other people.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant


From the AP: Gov. Phil Bryant (Mississippi) signed a bill Friday that allows some members of churches to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations.

The Church Protection Act specifies that those designated can carry guns into church buildings and gives them legal protections. It also allows people to carry holstered weapons without a permit.

Only two states — Georgia and North Dakota — prohibit all guns from places of worship, said Taylor Maxwell, a spokesman for Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for gun control laws. Eight states prohibit concealed carry permit holders from carrying guns into places of worship; other states leave it up to the place of worship.

The law also makes Mississippi the ninth state in the nation to allow people to carry holstered guns without a permit, said NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter.

The bill was authored by Baptist pastor and state Rep. Andy Gipson, who says it’s necessary in light of the massacre of nine parishioners during a Bible study last year in Charleston, South Carolina. He said the law gives small congregations an option to defend themselves against attack.

Opponents say it endangers people by putting more guns in untrained hands.

It’s a difficult discussion that can get politicized and very emotional, flattening an issue with more nuance, said Pastor Pat Ward, who leads Orchard Church in Oxford.

“I think in the South people have a certain familiarity with guns and are also strong in their religious beliefs,” Ward said. “But we don’t always think about the relationship between them. What does our familiarity with guns say about us as people who claim to be following God, who preach about peace and love?

The Mississippi Association of Police Chiefs has opposed the portion of the bill that loosens permit requirements. The group says it dismantles Mississippi’s licensing system and makes it harder to check someone who has a gun isn’t a violent criminal.

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Hadenoughalready
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“Only two states — Georgia and North Dakota — prohibit all guns from places of worship…”
Perhaps they should search the mosques.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

I can tell you, we have armed guards and surveillance cameras at our church.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I would say you attend a church with wise Elders. After all, God helps those who help themselves. As far as the joker who said, “what does it say about a people who arm themselves, as far as being a people who advocate peace and love? There were times as indicated in the Old Testament where God provided the means for defense against those who would kill and enslave the ancient Jews. I have little doubt that God condones the defense of an individual and their family. It is rather foolish to think otherwise. Yes, God has forbidden “the shedding… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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“He said to them, ‘But . . . if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'” -Luke 22:36

Hadenoughalready
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Didn’t Christ tell one of his disciples to sell their robe and buy a sword?
There’s not a thing wrong with being armed. Being unarmed, however, is inherently wrong.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I’d much rather carry my gun and NOT need it than to realize I really NEED it and NOT have it within reach.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

If they’d let the PEOPLE carry their guns in Church,the guards wouldn’t be necessary.

Steven Broiles
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You state it in your opening sentence! This new law is NOT “necessary” because “we already have the Second Amendment.” N.B. what has happened: This is analogously similar to the Oregon school porn story: They’ve come out with this bill. THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE: Now the “constitutionality” of the law can be challenged.” This is how the Left (read: Communism) works: They know exactly how and when to embarrass us before ourselves. They force us to REACT against what they have done. Thus, from the get-go, it is WE who are on the defensive, whereas it is THEY who… Read more »

Hadenoughalready
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Kudos, my friend. You nailed it~!
And due to the lack of responsible and constitutional judges, we are forced into this defensive pocket rather than them being treated as offensive scourge. Time to take our country back – by whatever means necessary!

Steven Broiles
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You know, Had Enough, National Review was controlled opposition when Bill Buckley had control of it: They always raved about what a great President Eisenhower was. He was a WAR CRIMINAL, and he gave America Earl Warren! Too late now….

Joe
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Joe

Oh no! We’re all going to die! Quick, let’s hide under the bed!

CalGirl
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Sigh, I hate to resort to the “politically incorrect” comparison of forces at work against our Constitution today to HITLER’S” reign” but, here goes ….One of the first things Hitler did when assuming power (remember—it was ELECTED POWER at the front of it)_….was to decree-insinuate-encourage-promote a separation/ denotation of the races (in his case, Jews from otherwise—but in OUR present case—Blacks/Browns/illegals from ANY country from everyone else) AND legally(“executive order?”) DENY Jews the right to arms. Everyone ELSE could be armed…but not the Jews. I am going to interject here: So, What NOW is the “difference” between the Jews being… Read more »

CalGirl
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PS—as a history teacher, I can offer this missive: wars have NEVER been “won” by the “BIG” battle victories….but by the day-to-day “wins—” the persistant thrust of cutlure an values……