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In Wake of Sutherland Springs Massacre, Law Aims to Fortify Churches in a Violent Culture

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DALLAS — The mass shooting at a small Texas church late last year once again brings up the debate over church security. What’s the best way to protect churches in today’s violent culture?

CBN News spoke with a Texas lawmaker pushing a new law that allows church volunteers to become security guards.

Safe Image Takes a Beating

Going to church is supposed to be safe – a literal sanctuary where people meet God and find peace in a troubled world.

That tranquil image has taken a beating after several shootings, including the one in Charleston, South Carolina, at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in 2015, where nine people lost their lives during a Bible study.

“These people I knew well. These are fine people. These are all fine people,” one church member overcome by emotion told CBN News.

Then there’s the September shooting last year near Nashville, Tennessee, where a gunman took the life of one person and injured more than half a dozen.

Even more recently, a mass shooting took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In November, a gunman walked among the pews, killing 26 people ranging in age from 18 months to 77-years-old.

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