Other then just letting the chips fall and facing an attack with humble hearts, (which is not a bad thing) here's a few thoughts of aggressive
preparedness to less aggressive pre-planning.
The pastor , the bishop, the rabbi or the lead spiritual leader should choose a few trusted individuals to carry concealed weapons when services are
in sessions. If they don't want weapons in the building let those selected worship at the doors. Let them get training in response to a shooting at
their building from local law enforcement.
If you don't want to protect your congregation in that way because it may mean killing an attacker, then you accept this type of attack can happen at
your building and many of your loved ones may leave mortality as martyrs on such a day. Right now this is not a frequent event, may it never be. .
Or if you have law enforcement in your services, let them carry concealed. . .not because you lack faith but that you can defend the helpless.
If weapons are not the answer for you then have your congregation be prepared to attack all at once to subdue and stop the attacker physically. Have
the able sit on the outside rows understanding they may need to respond. Even throwing their hymn books in the face of an attacker could have
distracted the man long enough to be tackled; Don't know wasn't there.
In a crisis when adrenaline is high we do what we had practice, its hard to invent a plan on the go, most can't think clearly till the event is
A watchman at the door and a way to close the doors off from the inside when a man with a gun approaches. Several cans of bear-mace at the door could
help, also have your parking lot set back from the entry so a watchman can evaluated those who approach.
Have inner and outer entry doors with a foyer.
Non violent plans can be made, even the priest had a hole to hide in during the religious changes in England's history, we don't have to be sheep to a
slaughter. We can take passive steps which don't have to be so obvious as to affect the spiritual nature of worship.
Of course you cant plan for everything but a plan is a good start. No plan is a plan to let such a person to do as they will.. We all know It's
suppose to get worse in these last days. I know God is there, but he gave us a brain and expects us to think as well.
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