In an editorial published by WND, American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter Chuck Norris argued that in the wake of the mass shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, it is time for churches and other places of worship to consider armed security and a permissive concealed carry policy as a means to defend against violent assailants.
“Imagine once again, if just one of those Christians who held a Bible in their hand at that AME church also packed a pistol via a legal concealed weapons permit. Souls could have been saved,” wrote Norris who cited stats to suggest that church violence has increased since 2007 from 41 incidents to 176 incidents in 2014.
Norris then directly challenged leaders of the faithful to take action, to do something to help prevent another tragic incident.
“That is why I have a challenge for pastors and church leaders,” Norris wrote. “With all due respect, it’s about time that they woke up to the idea that providing for and protecting God’s flock means increasing church security, from children’s classes to main sanctuaries and fellowship halls.”
“Faith is not an excuse to bypass self-defense,” Norris continued. “That’s not my original idea or position. It’s found in the Good Book.”
Norris quoted the following biblical versus to make the case that both the Old Testament and the New Testament are pro-self-defense:
“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat”(Nehemiah 4:9).
“But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36).
What’s clear in the editorial is that Norris doesn’t want places of worship to be soft targets any longer.
“It reminds me of the sign near the front door of my Texas ranch,” wrote Norris. “It has an engraved picture of a gun with the words next to it: “We don’t call 9-1-1.” Maybe it’s time a few churches put that sign on their doors, too.”
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Chuck (If you believe those Internet memes about Mr. Norris’s immortal powers, chances are you don’t have a choice)?