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  1. Paul Rider
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    Excellent suggestions that ALL churches can and should do as a bare minimum. Common sense awareness goes a long ways.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

      It’s important to be aware, Paul. Hope this spurs good discussion for you and your folks.

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  2. Waymon Hughen
    November 9, 2017 @ 5:37 am

    Excellent article…our church is a small congregation and no defenses as outlined in your article except for the greeters and ushers .

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  3. Ed Secor
    November 9, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Sorry, I must disagree. The headline on the email link to this page was titled “Pastor offers tips to protect churches from gun violence”. But four of the first five tips were devoted to the aftermath of a shooting event–basically ways of getting the chalk outliners on site more quickly. Item seven is non-responsive. But the advice to shun advice from security professionals is just nuts. You don’t have to buy what they are selling, but you should listen.
    And security guards ratchet up fears? Every courthouse and school does this. I feel safer if everybody knows there is an armed guard on site.
    The best method of either preventing carnage, or stopping it shortly after it begins before the body count swells, is to allow or even encourage attendees with concealed carry permits to come bearing arms. Make sure everybody in your community knows this is the case. Cowardly would-be killers will pass on by.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:12 pm

      While I disagree, I know that you’re not alone in thinking this way. That may be a short term solution that some churches opt for. Personally, I’m not sure that adding more guns to the situation is the best way to proceed. Or that it points us in the direction of the Gospel. Please see my latest blog for ideas about long term solutions: Re-making the Bad Boy Culture. https://www.rebekahsimonpeter.com/remaking-the-bad-boy-culture/

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  4. Jack Price
    November 9, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

    Contact your local police department. They may have an “Active Shooter Response” training. Encourage the church leaders to attend, be it at your church or another church in your community.
    Having the local police department tour your church building will be helpful for you and them.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:12 pm

      Good suggestions, Jack.

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  5. Craig Denslow
    November 10, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

    This was an excellent and practical article.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

      Hope it helps, Craig. We can’t afford to think it can’t happen to us.

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  6. Gary D. Bratcher
    November 22, 2017 @ 6:37 am

    I agree with Ed Secor completely. Our church is located in a community of about 1,200 people with local response teams, on Sunday, being about 14 miles away. I am disappointed in Rev. Belase not at least mentioning concealed carry permit owners bringing their pistols to church.
    They would be concealed which should have no outward bearing on the services at all. It seems that out church leaders, these days, are more concerned with being PC than Godly. This statement is based not only on this issue but other issues confronting all denominations and current issues being considered by our General Charge Conference.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

      Jesus was the one who counseled turning the other cheek in the face of violence. That’s a very hard path to take, I agree. But I’m not sure that carrying guns to church is necessarily godly. These are seriously tough issues that require creative thinking and responses. You and I are free to disagree of course, but I find that insinuating people are ungodly when they disagree with our way of thinking is unhelpful.

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  7. Gunless American
    November 25, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

    Great! Two gunsters are recommending adding MORE guns to the problem as if we aren’t already the most heavily over-armed country on earth. Brilliant! Are you guys NRA spokesmen or do you report directly to the Kremlin?

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

      It is interesting how the more guns we add to the mix the more overall violence we have. We can really see that in America. Other countries don’t have near the gun violence that we have because they simply own less guns, and there are far more security hoops to jump through in order to own one. There are some telling studies on this.

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  8. Glen Noble
    February 16, 2018 @ 5:46 pm

    Jesus had armed disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, clearly he was not opposed to armed followers. Jesus did in fact direct his followers to obtain a sword, the weapon of the day.
    So if God is not opposed to armed followers in his presence, why is the UMC seemingly opposed to armed church members?

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 21, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

      Glen, I think we have to weigh armed disciples in the Garden with Jesus’ admonition to the disciple who cut off an ear with said sword. Also, with Jesus’ message of turn the other cheek. Pulling one or two scriptures out of context makes for good rhetoric, but I’m not sure its that helpful in having respectful, open-minded dialogue.

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