Should Churches Be ‘Gun-Free Zones’?

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?


3 thoughts on “Should Churches Be ‘Gun-Free Zones’?

  1. No, churches should not be armed. It defeats one of the primary challenges that Christianity poses. And, isn’t useful….. we problably are not quick on the draw, and, and and. Besides, I don’t think the message we want to promote is one of practicality trumping ideals. There are so many reasons to refrain from arming, that it’s impossible to summarize them…. so, I’m with Paul and won’t be there if guns are allowed in church.

  2. It should be a conscious choice made after a full debate. My initial position: Greg McKendry (who died in the process) and his co-congregants didn’t need a gun to stop the Knoxville killer. The question is, What are you willing to lose? What are you willing to die to protect.

    Any church not willing to engage with those questions isn’t doing its job, no matter what its position on the issue is.

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