Sadly, it’s often the case we don’t focus on ways to prevent tragedies until after they occur. That’s certainly what’s happened in the wake of the horrific church shooting in Texas over the weekend.
But Ron Smith, pastor of Church of the King in McAllen, Texas, has a plan that Lone Star State residents — and any pro-Second Amendment American — can get behind.
He is encouraging more people to get their concealed carry licenses after 26-year-old gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during Sunday’s worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 30 others.
“If the public carried guns, there would be less people killed by the bad guys,” Smith told KGBT-TV. “[I]f someone comes in shooting up the crowd, and there are people here that have a license to carry, they can save lives.”
The preacher said he plans to meet with his church’s leadership to develop a policy that would allow firearms to be brought into the sanctuary.
See Smith’s comments in the video below.
“Those who have a license to carry concealed, I personally encourage it,” he explained, “but it would depend on what our elders say and the written policy that we come up with.”
At the end of the day, though, Smith said he’s not worried about a shooter storming into his church because the chances of it happening are “one in a million,” and regardless, “God’s in control.”
Another Texas pastor, Jaime Chapa, who leads El Faro Bible Church in Sullivan, Texas, said he plans to carry a gun from the pulpit from now on. He also announced there will be three armed individuals “at all times at every service.”
“Our church will be protected,” Chapa said.