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  1. Avatar Michael Hiett says:

    While it is good to reassure children and the entire congregation with God’s Word of love and forgiveness, it is also prudent for a church to have a plan in place of how to deal with a situation like this. We are called to protect the innocent from evil such as this, and we do a disservice not only to members of our congregation but to our Lord if we leave them vulnerable to these types of episodes. Some people in a congregation have a vocation or “call” to protect and serve, whether they be law enforcement officers, former or current military members, or people experienced with firearms. There are numerous and obvious reasons to make sure some people in church are armed and have a plan on how to react to shooting situations so that people in the congregation may be protected from evil intent.