Report Shows Support is Rising Among Black Pastors for Having Guns in the Pulpit

Pastor David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Mich., says some of his congregants carry concealed weapons. Martin Kaste/NPR
Pastor David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Mich., says some of his congregants carry concealed weapons.
Martin Kaste/NPR

On October 20 The Daily Beast (TDB) reported that the idea of guns behind the pulpit has been gaining momentum in black churches for years and that momentum increased exponentially following the June attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in June.

The TDB report comes just two days after a black Detroit pastor used a handgun to kill an alleged attacker during a church service. Local 4 reported that the shooting occurred after “the [suspect] stormed into the church during a service wielding a brick.” The pastor fatally wounded the alleged attacker by firing “four or five shots” from the Glock he carries to defend himself and his congregation.

As it turns out, the pastor at City of God is not alone in his determination to be armed for such circumstances.

TDB points to Bishop Ira Combs, Jr., who pastors the Greater Bible Way church in Jackson, Michigan. Following the attack in Charleston, Combs said that things would have turned out differently if someone had been armed. Reuters reported him saying, “If they had security, the assailant would not have been able to reload.” Of his own church he said, “All of us here are not going to turn the other cheek while you shoot us.”

TDB details how Combs preaches with armed men near him and has certain armed men sitting among the congregants in normal church clothing, so that would-be attackers have no idea who may or may not be armed and ready to respond.

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SOURCE: Breitbart – Awr Hawkins