Some churches putting faith in their guns to fend off mass shootings – ABC News

This month’s slaughter at a small Texas church has compelled the church’s pastor to carry a gun, and some fellow clergy members are already armed, with the goal of protecting their congregants.

“Churches are more vulnerable than ever before,” Pastor Joe Worley of First Baptist Church in Groves, Texas, said.

His congregation is about three hours east of Sutherland Springs, where Devin Kelley allegedly blasted his way into a church Nov. 5 with a high-powered rifle, killing 26 people, including an unborn child, and wounding 20 others.

While Worley, 56, puts his “trust in the Lord,” he’s shaken by such mass shootings, he said.

“You think that it will never happen, but we need to be careful, as Christians, not to be naive,” he said.

There have been other recent attack on churches.

A gunman shot and killed one person and injured seven others with gunfire at the Burnette Chapel of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, on Sept. 24 .

Two years ago, Dylann Roof, apparently spurred by white nationalist views, killed nine people who were meeting for a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

And an usher was slain inside the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, in 2009. In Arvada, Colorado, at the Youth With a Mission Center, Matthew Murray shot two people in 2007 before heading to Colorado Springs to kill five people gathered at the New Life Church, where a volunteer security guard shot him with her gun.

The First Baptist Church in southeastern Texas is like any other, meant to be a place of reverence, a safe haven for anyone to pray and express spiritual beliefs.

“You allow people to come in, regardless of where they are in life,” Worley said. “But being gracious creates an exposure.”

A couple of years ago, he said, a member who worked as a

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