Don’t Worship Unarmed

Mass shootings have become frighteningly familiar in places of worship, a result of increasingly deranged individuals who’ve slipped through society’s cracks and all too often targeted the defenseless.

In New York City and elsewhere, anti-Semitism seems to be on the rise. True believers, with their open arms and compassion to all, are the most vulnerable. 

What can be done without sacrificing the Judeo-Christian principles of kindness and virtue that founded our nation? 

Marina Medvin, writing for TownHall has an idea:

The Pittsburgh synagogue massacre stole the lives of 11 Jews and wounded six others, including four police officers. The Charleston church shooting claimed the lives of nine Christians and injured one other. The Wisconsin Sikh temple ambush claimed the lives of five Indian Americans and one responding police officer, hospitalizing a second officer. The New Jersey Jewish neighborhood shootout claimed the lives of three Jews and a responding police officer. The machete stabbing attack at a Rabbi’s home in New York put five people in the hospital with gaping bodily wounds. Eight assaults on religiously-dressed Jews in New York City streets took place in the last week alone.
Sadly, these attacks are not ceasing. In all of the above, the pious victims were unarmed, aptly described by one commentator as “sitting ducks.”

But something different happened in Texas on a Sunday when an angry monster began shooting into a crowded Sunday service. An armed volunteer church guard shot back, killing the attacker within seconds of him opening fire. At least three other parishioners drew their concealed weapons as well. While two Christians died in the attack, and another was injured, the quick firearm response averted what could have been a massacre. 

“If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.” (Exodus 22:2)

The message is clear: armed parishioners save lives.



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