The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


No guns in churches

After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Americans are divided on gun control, and attitudes are far from ambivalent within certain religious groups. But a majority doesn't want guns in churches, according to an August poll by the Public Religion Research Institute conducted in partnership with Religion News Service. More than three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) said concealed weapons should not be allowed in houses of worship, compared to 20 percent who disagreed.


Robert DeGroat

Robert DeGroat

Posted at 7:25 am (U.S. Eastern) 2/7/2013

No one except the mass murderer had a gun in the Aurora theater or the Sikh temple.  How did not having a concealed weapon present in either location better protect the people there?

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