The LDS Church recently changed its rules to ban guns in their churches, though only in Utah are all LDS churches automatically off-limits by law. The changes have not made many armed citizens happy. Reactions by Mormon gun owners show division in the church with Salt Lake's new policy.
CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas, himself a Mormon, took the church to task. Texas' new law allowing concealed carry in churches was cited by the LDS Church as the reason to ban guns. In most states, the new change is only a request with little more weight than wearing a blue shirt to the sacrament meeting.
I find it offensive and unChristian that ANY church leader would prefer that their sheep be defenseless and senselessly slaughtered for some greater good. Changes in the Church handbook state that “[c]hurches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world.” That sounds great on paper, but do you think the people that want to murder us care what churches are dedicated for? Do you think Devin Patrick Kelley cared that the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was “dedicated for the worship of God?” Thank the Lord that Stephen Williford was able to engage with the shooter and stop him from killing more people than he had already slaughtered!
A Reddit thread on "What Are Your Thoughts About Concealed Carry in Meeting Houses?" Pre-new policy.
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