It’s Not About the Shoothouse, It’s About Decision-Making with a Gun
My Experience / Risk / Training

It’s Not About the Shoothouse, It’s About Decision-Making with a Gun

Shooting a gun is relatively easy. The number of toddlers who have shot and killed themselves and others is ample evidence of that. Shooting a gun with enough accuracy for most self-defense situations is also simpler than it might seem. Ask those who took basic gun training courses with Tom Givens and successfully defended their … Continue reading

National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime
Faith / Fear / Risk

National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime

In my haste to get a post up yesterday about the safety and security threats faced by congregations, I neglected to address two important findings from Christopher Scheitle’s recent article based on a national survey of congregations: Religious Congregations’ Experiences with, Fears of, and Preparations for Crime: Results from a National Survey. I dealt only … Continue reading

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?
Faith / Fear / Risk

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?

I concluded my post on Jeff Kowell’s view of church security as ministry by highlighting his point that very little church security involves any physical intervention at all, armed or unarmed. And, yet, church security is often treated just as a variant of armed security in general, especially as concerns “active shooter interdiction.” So, in … Continue reading