Religious institutions are some of the most sacred places on Earth. They are places where people should be able to go to feel secure and free to let their guard down. They are places that should be respected by everybody, even if it’s not a place that shares the same faith as you, because places of worship are where people gather to devote their time to a being higher than themselves, and focus their attention on bettering their own morality.
Yet, in our sinful world, this perspective of tolerance is nothing more than a fallacy.
Nowadays, attacks on these religious institutions are becoming more prevalent in society. Hate-driven individuals target places of worship because of their evil world-view, but also because they know it’s where people are vulnerable, so casualty numbers will be high.
The most recent of these hate-filled attacks happened in a New York suburb where Jews were targeted. The suspect intruded the home of the local rabbi who was holding a party to celebrate Hanukkah, and then proceeded to take out a machete stabbing and injuring five Jewish people.
Not long after that, there was a church shooting near Fort Worth, Texas. The gunman shot and killed two people before being killed by members of the church who were thankfully carrying guns.
Making a statement or simply sending out a Tweet condemning this type of violence is good, but there needs to be action involved; these attacks cannot continue to plague our society without anything being done to counteract it.
Local governments need to discuss with religious institutions in their jurisdiction the possibility of having an armed security guard at each church, synagogue, mosque etc. Instituting this type of policy would be an effective deterrent, but, after taking into account the cost and plausibility of a policy like this one, it may seem as if there’s an easier solution.
The easier route would be for individuals to get a concealed carry permit and arm themselves when they go to their place of worship. While this seems simple and easy, not every place of worship does this. This is because it is very easy for people to slip into the gullible mindset that their place of worship won’t be the one fired upon. Also, some people look at these attacks as perfect examples for more gun control. The fact of the matter is this could not be farther from the truth.
Proof of how effective the “good guy with a gun” narrative is the attack on the Chabad of Poway and, more recently, the attack at West Freeway Church of Christ. While both of these attacks were tragedies because people died, the value of the lives that were saved is infinite.
Foundation for Economic Education pointed out how productive self-defense gun use is
“The U.S. Department of Justice investigated firearm violence from 1993 through 2011. The report found, ‘in 2007-2011, about 1 percent of nonfatal violent crime victims used a firearm in self-defense’… the Department of Justice confirmed a total of 338,700 defensive gun uses in both violent attacks and property crimes where a victim was involved. That equals an average of 67,740 defensive gun uses every year. In other words, according to the Justice Department’s own statistics, 67,740 people a year don’t become victims because they own a gun.”
Rather than trying to score cheap political points by only mentioning the attacks if it fits their narrative and blaming the president as being responsible for the attacks, public officials need to act because lives depend on it.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.