So you may or may not have heard about two shootings in Churches in the US on Sunday- one of which occurred in a 'super church' which has a congregation of 10,000 people!!!
Anyways, what really struck me and shocked me about this story was that one of these crazy shooty guys was shot dead by a church security guard!!
I know that in it's telling, it is clear just WHY you might need an armed security guard in a church- but what the fuck?! Was that actually on the agenda when that decision was made, to arm the security guards with deadly weapons, in a place supposedly of peace and understanding and love?
Speaking as someone who lives in an anti-gun country, where armed police are shocking and scary to see in the street, and for whom going through US customs causes sweats cause of all the guns around, I know I am not ever going to 'get' this. But how can people pray and all that, when in the same room as guys with weapons? That are solely designed for killing people? How??
I get that with 10,000 people you would need marshalls or security, to usher people about and stop panicking crowds and all, but to arm them with actual GUNS seems so horribly suspicious of those fellow christian believers and of all humankind who might pass through the doors. why not tasers, or batons, if anything?? Because though I may not be all up on my bible studies, (ie, not even slightly religious) I was pretty sure the bible is kind of big on not killing people and forgiveness and peace. Isn't it pro-life?
Actually, don't even get me started on the whole pro-life/pro-gun thing.... i mean.. ok, no, I have to get back to work and that will take ages and make me fume all day.
About 10 years ago a crazy guy ran into a UK church on a Sunday, naked, with a samurai sword and killed a few people with it. This was an isolated incident and did not cause churches across the country to install metal detectors and armed security priests.
I just don't get it. I do not get this. I do not understand.