Ex-Secret Service Agent: Time for Churches to Look Into Armed Security
Is it time for churches to turn to armed security teams in light of the Charleston mass shooting?
Bishop E.W. Jackson yesterday called for pastors and church members to “prepare to defend themselves.” This morning on "Fox and Friends," former Secret Service special agent Tim Miller agreed.
Miller said that America should take a fresh look at church security.
“We do have very real threats as we’ve seen across the country, and I think it’s time to look afresh and anew at how we protect our congregations and our children because it’s not gonna change in the near future,” Miller said. “Unfortunately, it’s probably going to get worse.”
Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that on Sunday, he will send extra police officers to 60 churches with African-American congregations
Miller said some churches need professional security, but he also called for “a grassroots effort within the church that can make the church infinitely safer.”
“I’d like to train congregations that church security is a team sport – everybody’s on the church security team. When you begin to shift their mindsets, then you have infinitely more resources brought to the battle. And certainly we need professional security and now’s the time to do that. I think there needs to be a fundamental mindset shift. Churches are no longer places where we can just not have security and it needs to change,” he said.
Watch the full interview above and let us know your thoughts on this issue.