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The incidents read like a horror movie marquee: First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs; Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh; Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston; all shootings at places of worship where there were multiple victims and no defense.
Rarely does anyone hear about the New Life Church incident in Colorado Springs, because an armed woman and former peace officer Jeanne Assam drew her legally-carried sidearm and shot Matthew Murray as he entered. He subsequently took his own life.
Response - Tragedies - Course - Sheepdog - Seminars
In response to these and other tragedies, a traveling course called Sheepdog Seminars as created by retired police officer and Southern Baptist minister Jimmy Meeks. That seminar will be visiting the Cedar Park Assembly of God in Bothell, a suburban city northeast of Seattle, this Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Appearing at the event will be retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Texas pastor Frank Pomery, Texas peace officer Greg Stevens and church safety expert Carl Chinn.
Meeks - Team - Country - Churches - Violence
According to Meeks, this team has been “traveling the country helping churches to be prepared for violence.”
“I know of its horrible consequences,” Meeks said via email. “I was married in a church where in 1980 a man entered during the morning worship service, shouted ‘This is War,’ and then shot 15 worshipers – killing five.”
Weekend - Washington - Arms - Collectors - Gun
Perhaps coincidentally, this weekend will also see the Washington Arms Collectors hold its monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Saturday is typically the busier of the two days, as people sleep in or attend church services on Sundays.
Churches are supposed to be sanctuaries where this sort of thing doesn’t happen. Good luck with that, because they’re actually considered “soft targets” for disturbed people intent on mayhem. The times are Friday 1-5 p.m.,...
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