[Ed. – And yes, this is a black pastor at a black church. Churches around the country — traditionally black and all-races churches — have been doing this.]
Melvin Clark, the reverend at Washington Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C., explained on “Fox and Friends Weekend” that he wants to arm ten of his parishioners who will serve as security guards.
Clark said that places of worship must feel safe and secure. He doesn’t want congregants taking matters into their own hands, so that’s why he came up with the idea of having ten trained, licensed, prepared parishioners.
Clark told Clayton Morris that he’s seen first-hand how guns in churches could be beneficial, as he was held at gunpoint and taken hostage in his church by an assailant in 2002.
“I think the key to this is having people who know how to handle situations,” Clark said. “[It] becomes a safer place for people who want to defend themselves.”
He explained that they are currently in talks with local law enforcement regarding the best ways to go about instituting his plan.