UPDATED: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 1:02 PM -- Following is a great quote a reader passed to me about this story. I had to share it.
"Gun-control advocates aren’t happy, but you’ve always got your haters with any movement for social progress."
I love it.
In the wake of a number of shootings at churches, most recently the high profile murder of a physician at his church, a Kentucky minister is urging his parishioners to carry their firearms and wear them openly at church.
Both to make the church safe, and to dispel the paranoia that is spouted by the anti self defense crowd.
"This is for anybody that believes in second amendment rights. And that is the buttress to first amendment rights," said Pagano. Pagano, a concealed carry instructor who served in the Marine Corps, is holding what he calls an Open Carry Celebration. "We're trying to promote responsible gun ownership and gun safety," Pagano said. People can come into the church wearing their gun as long as the weapon is unloaded and in a secure holster."
I think he's got the right idea, except having the firearms unloaded. No one is safer if no one has the means to defend their own life or the life of a fellow parishioner. An unloaded gun is not a firearm at the ready.
Still, he is turning heads in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Its not surprising. More and more church goers are realizing they are undefended targets for those who want to make the news.