Texas Pastors ‘Swear’ They Will Carry Guns During Every Service After Church Massacre

Texas Pastor Jamie Chapa of El Faro Bible Church in Sullivan City, Texas, says he plans to carry a handgun while preaching in the wake of the deadly Sutherland Springs massacre that took the lives of over two dozen parishioners and injured many more.

Chapa told KRGV-TV on Monday, “There will be three armed [licensed] persons at all times at every service. Nobody needs to know who they are, but our church will be protected.”

“What happened in Sutherland will not ever happen in our church,” Chapa said. “This was not supposed to happen.”

Chapa is not alone in the appreciation of this new safety measure.

Pastor Shannon Talley of the McAllen First Baptist Church on Monday also told KRGV that new procedures for concealed weapon carriers to make other church members aware of who is carrying a concealed weapon.

“We are putting that into place so our concealed-carry people know each other, but we are also setting things up to where they’re located strategically throughout the auditorium in the services that we have,” Talley said.

Also, Rev. Ron Smith of the Church of the King in McAllen says he believes people should be more armed in order to protect themselves and others in the event of an active shooter situation.

“If the public carried guns, there would be less people killed by the bad guys,” said the Rev. Ron Smith of the Church of the King in McAllen. Smith said he wouldn’t mind if worshipers at his church brought guns to his services.

“To save lives. Because if someone comes in shooting up the crowd, and there are people here that have a license to carry, they can save lives,” Smith said.

Smith says he will meet with leaders at his church to formulate a policy that would allow guns to be brought to the church.

“Those who have a license to carry concealed, I personally encourage it, but it would depend on what our elders say and the written policy that we come up with,” said Smith.

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