Over at Ammoland, action movie star turned columnist Chuck Norris responds to a USA Today article warning of increased violence in churches over the holiday period. The obvious answer: hire Chuck Norris for security! Failing that, get in touch with your inner Chuck Norris (WWCND). Nope. That’s not how the world famous Okie rolls. He’s way more serious in real life. Norris recommends boning-up on both ballistic and non-ballistic defense with a bunch of books and websites on the subject. And then, finally, makes with the bullet points . . .
* Seek out church safety seminars and training conventions, such as those offered by Chinn or the National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management (http://www.nacssm.org). Sheepdog Seminars for Churches’ first seminar is Feb. 21-22, 2014, in Denver (http://www.sheepdogseminarsforchurches.com).
* I also recommend that church leaders come together with local law enforcement — maybe even officials who are a part of their congregation — to discuss church safety. At the very least, I’m certain these public servants and trained defenders with licenses for concealed weapons would be more than willing to volunteer by manning a post discreetly at public events.
* Lastly, prepare an emergency plan. Christianity Today cited Andrew G. Mills from Building Church Leaders, who said, “If a shooter gets in:
– “Pastors or other visible leaders should draw attention away from the congregation.
– “Throw hymnals, yell from multiple directions, and attempt to tackle shooter from behind en masse.
– “Establish communication with the police as soon as possible. (Preferably, only those on the church’s crisis response team should call 911.)
– “When police arrive, stay on the ground until you are told to move. When told to get up, move slowly with no objects in your hand.”
I’m not so sure about that ‘stay on the ground’ thing; why are you on the ground in the first place? Hitting the deck when the S hits the fan is a sensible response, but GTFO is job one. I’m not sayin’ that crawling or hiding horizontally is out of the question, and attacking may be a viable indeed desirable response, but feets don’t fail me now.
No matter how you slice it or what the antis argue, you’re better off in a church attack if you have a gun. So pack heat for the holidays. And train with it, following the Chun Kuk Do Code of Honor: “I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.” Amen.
[An earlier, more sleep-deprived version of this story suggest that Mr. Norris did not recommend concealed carry for individual congregants. That was obviously false. I apologize for a bad read.]