Pastor Wants to Arm Parishioners to Keep Church Safe
In the wake of the tragic Charleston shooting, a North Carolina pastor has a unique proposal for how to keep houses of worship safe.
Melvin Clark, the reverend at Washington Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C., explained on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that he wants to arm ten of his parishioners who will serve as security guards.
Clark said that places of worship must feel safe and secure. He doesn't want congregants taking matters into their own hands, so that's why he came up with the idea of having ten trained, licensed, prepared parishioners.
Clark told Clayton Morris that he's seen first-hand how guns in churches could be beneficial, as he was held at gunpoint and taken hostage in his church by an assailant in 2002.
"I think the key to this is having people who know how to handle situations," Clark said. "[It] becomes a safer place for people who want to defend themselves."
He explained that they are currently in talks with local law enforcement regarding the best ways to go about instituting his plan.
He said there are questions about what weapons to use, how to engage and disengage, what training and background checks will be required and so on.
"All of these things will make it worth it. It's not necessarily the focusing upon guns, but focusing on a process or a method of handling this."
Watch the "Fox and Friends Weekend" clip above.
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