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In an Era of Mass Shootings, a Call to Prepare—Not Panic

Churches need to first think through safety basics, not active-shooter scenarios.

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Church shootings—relatively unthinkable just a generation ago—now preoccupy the minds of many faith leaders nationwide.

But has this anxiousness unintentionally overshadowed other, more common risks confronting churches? The statistical probabilities of a shooting at a church remain remarkably low. By contrast, the chances of an abuse allegation or personal injury claim are much higher.

“The likelihood (of a shooting) is extremely rare,” said Kevin Robertson, a former law enforcement officer who heads security for Saddleback Church and its multiple locations throughout Southern California.

Yet experts like Robertson still note the threat of gun violence against churches cannot be ignored, either. “Don’t bury your ...

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  • October 7, 2019