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You don’t need a gun in a church

Except when you do:

Henry Guyton said he was in the pulpit, preaching about how Jesus spoke the word of God and healed the sick, when Gates kicked open the side door of the sanctuary and entered with the shotgun, pointing it at the pastor and congregation.

Church members, including Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder, acted quickly.

Aaron Guyton held Gates at gunpoint, as church members Jesse Smith and Leland Powers held him on the floor and waited for deputies to arrive.

5 Responses to “You don’t need a gun in a church”

  1. Joe Hooker Says:

    So was this guy’s name Jack, as in Smackwater Jack?

  2. chris Says:

    If it’s not an airport, a football stadium, a posted locations or somewhere else I can’t legally carry under the Tn HCP statute, I carry.

    Legal ability to carry, and not perceived need, is the analysis I use.

    My wife was in comic disbelief that I had was carrying in the S & W cafeteria in Bearden (Knoxville), where even I feel young, a couple of years ago.

    But she understood a little better when an armed robber murdered the cashier there about a year ago.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I’m with Chris on this one.

  4. Beaumont Says:

    Well, we had a similar situation here in K-Town a while back. Unfortunately, in that instance, most of the folks in the church were a)bona fide leftists and b)completely unaware of their surroundings. The results were not as good.

  5. Alpheus Says:

    I hate to say it, but one reason to support concealed carry over open-carry is that you could carry in places that are otherwise illegal. If no one can see your weapon, how can they report you for carrying illegally?

    Of course, something can happen that can expose your carrying…which is a risk that every person must weigh when deciding to break the law like that.

    And the silly thing about all this? Anyone who’s carrying for the purpose of committing murder, isn’t going to care one whit about what the law says about carrying in a given location…yet, if someone is going to save your life in such a location, it’s going to be because some otherwise law-abiding individual chose to break this particular law.

    It’s rather sick, if you think about it.

    And it’s really silly, too, because I can’t think of a single reason why people in a church setting, carrying guns, will all of the sudden get an urge to shoot other church people. It’s not as if the pastors are teaching people to shoot each other!