Changes in our churches; safety is a concern

By Carla Bass – City Editor

 Many of churches in Marion County have similar congregations to the one in the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas; small congregations where everyone knows everyone else, or multiple generations attend the same church.

Over the years, churches have transformed and undergone many changes. For many, one of the changes was a topic that until June 22, 1980, most had never thought about or considered. It was unimaginable that someone like Alvin Lee King, a former high school teacher, would walk into a church service at nearby Daingerfield, Texas, and open fire on the congregation killing five of those in attendance. It was even more unimaginable when on November 5, it happened all over again at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs…only more than 5 times worse.

All churches have had members of law enforcement who were in their church family, but as gun laws began to change it became a possibility for members in attendance would enter the church armed.

Although there is no formal plan in place, we spoke with one local pastor who stated that some members of his church have come to him privately and told him that they were certified and would be armed should an emergency arise.

It has now reached a point to where the one place that you felt assured of being safe…

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