Ryan Dobson on The Texas Church Shooting Proves Why Your Church Needs a Safety Plan

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Many Americans recently woke up to the shocking news that a gunman killed two people in a Sunday morning church service before being shot by church security.

Parents today face threats to the safety and security of their families that were never even dreamed of by past generations. Most of our parents never thought to teach us critical skills like situational awareness or how to handle an active shooter situation. Church shootings were virtually unheard of.

I grew up in a different kind of family.

It was in the early 1980s when my dad came home to tell me his pastor friend had been shot and killed by a mentally disturbed congregation member. In those days, my family was the first I knew of with a high-tech home security system. My father—Dr. James Dobson—had taken a very public stance against pornography and gambling, and we started to receive death threats from folks in organized crime who stood to lose money if he were successful. Eventually, we had armed security guards travelling with us, and we were taught from an early age to be security-minded.

We learned to assess a room for entrances, exits and choke points, to notice if someone was following us while driving and what to do if trouble did strike. My wife would tease me when we were first dating for always sitting with my back against the wall with views of entrances and exits. She’s learned over time, I’m practicing “situational awareness,” knowing your surroundings and what to do in case of an incident.

Knowing what I know, I became more and more concerned about the safety of other families. One day, I was telling a close friend about this, and he challenged me, “Why don’t you do something about it?”

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SOURCE: Charisma News