Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says it’s OK for licensed gun owners can carry their weapons into church.
Is it me or does that seem like the strangest of juxtapositions: guns and houses of worship?
Paxton issued his ruling in the wake of the Sutherland Springs church massacre that left 26 people dead in the worst mass murder in modern Texas history.
I don’t know about you but I am uncomfortable with the idea of guns anywhere near a church sanctuary.
Churches have option to say ‘no’
Paxton says churches, of course, have the option of banning guns on their property. I am going to check with the church my wife, son and I attend to see if it allows firearms into its sanctuary. I am going to pray to Almighty God in heaven that it does not.
Texas legislators loosened prohibitions on concealed-carry laws by allowing guns in churches. I am not as opposed to concealed carry legislation as I used to be. I feared shootouts would occur as road rage erupted into gun violence. Silly me. That hasn’t happened.
I just have this aversion to guns in holy places where people worship in the name of the Prince of Peace.
I’ve touched on this before. Here is an earlier post:
God wouldn’t allow guns in church
Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says he would sign an “open-carry” bill if it arrives on his desk.
You might ask, “Open-carry what?” Umm, that would be guns.
Six-shooters. Semi-auto Glocks. Perhaps even a pea-shooter Derringer.
The folks who brought us concealed handgun carry laws now want us to be able to walk around with ’em strapped to our hips. Wow! This is amazing.
OK, I’ll stipulate right up front that I initially opposed concealed-carry legislation. I feared — wrongly, it has turned out — that fender-benders would turn into shootouts when drivers packing heat under their jackets would pull them out and start blazing away on street corners.
It hasn’t happened and my opposition to concealed-carry has softened. Considerably.
The notion, though, of allowing folks to walk into public places — such as government buildings — with the guns on their hips really does make me nervous. Businesses that prohibit firearms would be allowed to do so under most of the proposed legislation I’ve heard about. That’s fine with me.
It’s most interesting to me, though, that no one has mentioned this item from our past in the debate about whether to allow open-carry in Texas: Back in the day, when the Wild West was being settled, was it really safer when justice was being carried out by men toting guns — in the open?
I’m just asking what I think is a fair question.
Well? I’m all ears.