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4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church

How church leaders can consider financial costs and practicality in their response planning.

4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church
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The recent shootings at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 dead and several others injured, have once again focused attention on church safety, with many church leaders asking what steps they should implement to protect their congregations. Most churches in America are safe places. While incidents of shootings on church property are shocking, they are rare. But "open access" policies of most churches make them susceptible to violent acts. While such acts cannot be completely prevented, there are steps that church leaders can take to reduce the risk. Let’s review some of them.

Four possible options

Here are four possible response options that leaders of churches of all sizes and settings should consider:

1.Off-duty officers. The optimal response to the threat of an armed assailant on church property is to have two or more uniformed off-duty law enforcement ...

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  • December 29, 2017

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