The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Run, fight or hide'

For the first time, the federal government has issued guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman. Vice President Joe Biden released the material six months after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., advising adults in congregations to fight back — as a last resort — in a bid to stop the shooter. The federal doctrine is "run, fight or hide." Though shootings at houses of worship are rare, they can make inviting targets for shooters — particularly disturbed individuals — who are looking for a highly visible target to settle a grudge or make a political statement.


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