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A string of mass shootings in America over the course of the last few years has many citizens eyeing to arm themselves at all times.

The concept is very simple, really:  An armed populace is an excellent, almost perfect deterrent to anarchic violence.  We must remember the often misattributed quote “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass”  While this remark was always thought to have been uttered by Isoroku Yamamoto,the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, there is actually no evidence that he ever spoke or wrote the words.

However, the phony Yamamoto quote is still a very poignant concept; there are far too many gun in the United States in addition to the military that a mainland invasion would be a suicide mission.

The same would certainly hold true on the micro scale of a neighborhood, a concert, a school, or a church.

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And that is precisely what has motivated the fine folks of Florida’s religious community to reevaluate the state’s gun laws in order to allow firearms among the congregation.

“Measures that would help clear the way for people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns at churches and other religious institutions are ready to go to the House and Senate floors.

“The Republican-controlled Senate Rules Committee voted 7-5 on Thursday for the Senate version of the measure (SB 1048). Earlier in the day, the House Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 along party lines to approve the House version (HB 1419).

“Under current law, people with concealed-weapons licenses can carry guns at churches and other religious institutions, but they are barred from doing so if schools are on the property. The bills seek to address that school issue, though some details of the proposals differ.

“Crafted with an eye on a church massacre in Texas, the House measure would enable churches, synagogues or other religious institutions to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on property ‘owned, rented, leased, borrowed or lawfully used’ by the institutions.”

Florida’s consideration would be yet another in a long list of changes coming to the way our faith-filled Americans protect themselves during worship services.

Given the frequency of violent incident that have occurred in churches over the course of the last few years, this comes as no surprise.

 

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