To the Editor: Concealed guns in churches a matter of safety
Written by Byron Swartz   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:18
To the Editor:

A bill has recently been introduced to the Ohio General Assembly, by State Rep. Ron Maag, (R) (Lebanon) to allow concealed carrying in churches. Before we as a state can form an opinion on this issue; we must look at all the facts surrounding the bill.
First, let's take a look at the shooting in the movie theatre inside Aurora, Colo. As is with most businesses, there was and still is a sign proclaiming that firearms are not allowed within the facility. Did this sign or any law passed by either the Colorado government or the U.S. government stop Mr. James Eagan Holmes from entering the theatre on that night and killing 12 people while injuring 70 others? The answer is a simple: no.
Let's also examine the temple shooting in Wisconsin. In August of 2012, Mr. Wade Michael Page killed six people and injured four others. Did the sign outside the Sikh temple telling people not to bring a gun into the facility stop the shooter from going in and forever altering ten families lives? Yet again we stumble across the answer; no.
The point I'm trying to make is that if a criminal wants to bring a gun into an area and cause harm to others, they will. No sign posted anywhere in a building will defend the people inside of a building. Rep. Maag understands this. The issue at hand on whether to allow guns in churches is not an issue of what political party someone belongs to. Instead, it is an issue of safety. It's an issue of keeping people safe. We as a state must understand that times are changing. No place is as safe as it was 15 or even ten years ago. We must get this issue past, so people can feel safer within their place of worship.

Byron Swartz

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