According to a Lifeway survey, over half of American churches say that they have members who personally carry firearms who function as security.
And, considering the recent violent threats against Christians and the shooting at Covenant in Nashville, I'd say this is a necessary thing.
4 out of 5 churches, according to Lifeway, have a security plan in place were a mass shooter to attempt to attack their church.
Around half of the fatal shootings in churches since 1999 have occurred in the South. Pastors in that region are the least likely to say they don't use any of the security measures at their churches (12%). Conversely, they are among the most likely to report their congregation has an intentional plan for an active shooter situation (64%), radio communication among security personnel (34%) and armed private security on site (26%). Additionally, Southern pastors are the most likely to say they have armed church members (65%) and uniformed police officers on site (9%).
And that doesn't include the many churches where parishioners carry and the pastor doesn't know anything about it or count on it for security.
It's a sad day when Americans have to worry about staying strapped at church, but it's definitely a necessary security step in today's day and age.
I mean, just think what might have happened in Texas in 2021 if Jack Wilson wasn't there to stop that crazed gunman!
After the Nashville shooting, I think it's high time for churches to begin taking the threat of radical activist shooters seriously.