Do guns belong in churches? The contradiction between the fifth commandment and the second amendment creates a disparity that has become even more pronounced with the call from the right wing for “good guys with guns” to protect worshipers from the kind of mass shootings that killed so many at Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Perhaps the most ironic discussion of whether guns belong in churches has nothing to do with the debate over open carry versus concealed carry or the admonition of “Thou shalt not kill.” It’s the conversation that took place yesterday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee amongst members of the congregation, according to a report from ABC News.
In the midst of a discussion about the appropriateness of bringing weapons into a house of worship, one 81-year-old congregant declared “Well, I take my gun with me everywhere” and pulled out his .380 caliber Ruger handgun to show the others.
He then placed the magazine back in the gun and put it back in its holster in his pocket. Shortly afterward, another man asked to see the gun.
The 81-year-old then reached into his pocket and accidentally pulled the trigger. The single shot went through the gun owners’ hand and then hit his 80-year-old wife, going through her abdomen and forearm before ricocheting off a wall and landing at the foot of his wife’s wheelchair.
Luckily, the wounds weren’t fatal and no one else was injured. The man was carrying the gun legally, so no charges will be filed over the accidental discharge.
At least the next time a discussion arises over the appropriateness of bringing guns to church, you’ll be able to bring a concrete example to your side of the argument.
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