Arkansas debating whether guns can be allowed in churches

So why should governments be involved with this decision at all? The bill in Arkansas would leave the decision up to the

Little Rock, AR - Should you be able to carry a gun to church? It's a question state lawmakers will be taking up next week when they debate a bill that's kicked up a little controversy. The bill being discussed would let churches decide on their own to post a sign to ban guns inside, but opponents say it should not even be an option.

Grant Exton is a gun owner and president of the state's Concealed Carry Association. He's been working with lawmakers on a bill that would allow people licensed to carry a concealed handgun to take their guns to church. Exton says the proposed law's less about guns and more about property rights.

(Grant Exton, Concealed Carry Association) "Businesses, homes here in Arkansas are able to make the decision on whether they want to have people carrying on their premise, and we're just trying to give that right to churches as well."

's also about personal protection. Exton cites the 2007 shooting that killed one person and injured four others in a Colorado church, where a gun-carrying church security worker stopped the shooter.

(Exton) "She was able to stop them at the door, while 7,000 congregants were seated in the pews and the Colorado Springs police said she probably saved a couple hundred lives."

Little Rock pastor John Phillips, now at Central Church of Christ, has first-hand experience with guns in the sanctuary. In 1986, while working at a different church, across town, he was gunned down in the pulpit. . . .

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Blogger Harry Schell said...

This is truly sad, as it is clear that gun-free zones invite attacks.

So far as I can understand, the Bible does not endorse allowing evil to happen. Active resistance is the course.

The Affirmation of Faith of the Canadian Methodist Church is quite clear about this, and so are other affirmations. The chapters of the New Testament also support this view.

Pacifism in the face of evil is not noted in the Bible as virtue.

I wish we lived in a different world, but we have to accept what we have here and now.

I will not tolerate evil if possible. Can we all start there and go forward?

2/01/2009 10:11 PM  
Blogger tmh said...

I like the idea. Church members that don't get it may not. Their the ones that think it's inappropriate or unloving or whatever. The Colorado incident is all the evidence I need.

2/01/2009 10:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks, John!

Arkansans can pass this information on to their clergy and can support this by signing the petition at

This was first brought to my attention by a "RevNate" on thehighroad.org. In light of shootings in churches (including one in Tennessee this past year) it is important that we be allowed to protect ourselves, legally, in more locations.


2/02/2009 11:03 AM  

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