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Terry Dickson: Guns in the pews? That's not in the Bible

Posted: February 28, 2014 - 7:36pm

BRUNSWICK | A good evangelist can pack the pews at a revival.

In Georgia, many of our legislators want to make sure our worshipers can pack heat in the pews. The Safe Carry Protection Act is proposed legislation that would lift restrictions on carrying guns to church.

What? One guy in a casket at a funeral isn’t enough?

Take the cross off the steeple and put up some cross hairs.

I’ve read the Bible from Genesis to the maps and don’t remember anything about taking a gun to church. It’s the book of Amos, not Ammos.

We have a Revised Kings James Version of the Bible. Perhaps we need a Second Amendment Revised Version. Some examples:

“Let him who is without guilt fire the first shot.”

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for my Glock art with me.”

“If thy neighbor smite thee, counteth thou to three before thou fireth. Four shalt not be thine count, nor shalt thou counteth to two and one is right out.”

Whoa, a little Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch crept in there.

How about an 11th commandment?

“Thou shalt not treateth any gun as if it were unloaded so that thy days shalt be long outside the slammer.”

Neal Jump takes a gun to church every Sunday, but he’s a special case: He’s the Glynn County sheriff.

His weapon is like an American Express card with a different kind of charge: He doesn’t leave home without it.

One Sunday morning a man showed up at church and put up a considerable fuss. Jump had to take him down.

“He was out of his mind on drugs. I didn’t have to pull my weapon,” Jump said, but added he was nonetheless glad he had it.

Jump said he’s 100 percent in favor of people’s right to bear arms but not real crazy about people taking them to church en masse. First, because most churches have at least one law enforcement officer in services, but also because he thinks some training should be required for a license to carry a concealed firearm.

He goes to a local restaurant where some patrons eat breakfast with a couple of side orders while wearing side arms.

“I don’t want to be in a place where if something happens everybody pulls their pistol and starts shooting,” Jump said.

That’s when innocent people could get killed, he said.

In fact, he’s told a woman who attends his church to warn him if she ever finds the need to pull her handgun out of her purse.

“I told her to give me time to duck down behind a bench,” Jump said.

This proposal to let people carry guns to church may have been launched for political gain and without enough thought.

What do they call that? Shooting from the hip?

terry.dickson@jacksonville.com,(912) 264-0405

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Mockingjay
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Mockingjay 02/28/14 - 08:49 pm
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What better target is there

What better target is there but one where the bad guys know no one is armed?

Gun free zones do nothing but invite tragedy. When the thugs think they just may get shot in return, even in a church, Im sure they will think twice before making it a target.

That goes for anywhere not just churches

And if given some thought I know there are people that carry, even while at church, but they are so well concealed the gun owner so professional no one even knows they are armed.

Remember 1 in 20 people in Duval are CCW holders and practically no one knows they are armed.

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gunny48.5 02/28/14 - 08:34 pm
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Can't let those "terrorist"

Can't let those "terrorist" bible believing people have any guns - especially in church! That upsets the sodomites, jihadis, one worlders, etc. and that is just not allowed in these obsequious times. ((Bronx cheer))

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