Most of America is on edge at the moment, with actual lunatics committing mass murders, crime at some of the highest levels ever seen in the inner cities, and outright Communists as well as Radical Islamic Jihadists threatening our way of life.
Time after time there are major attacks where innocent men, women, and children are shot down by these vile creatures, and the lack of guns accessible within the range of the shooter has lead to mass casualties.
Every time one of these tragedies occurs, people flock to their nearest firearms dealer to buy protection in order to guarantee they don't become a statistic.
At the same time, Congressional leaders virtue signal about gun control in their endless attempts to further strip hundreds of millions of innocent Americans of their freedoms based upon the actions of a few.
Meanwhile, the majority of NRA Members and law-abiding gun owners do not commit crimes, but hold weapons for sport, hunting, or simple home defense.
In Florida, a state known for lenient firearms laws is widely equipped with self-defense weaponry in nearly every home.
It's a heavily Christian part of the country, and because so many patriots hail from the Sunshine State, Floridians “cling to their guns and Bibles” with pride.
After the events of Sutherland Springs, Texas, however, it's forced many Florida churches as well as those across the nation to re-examine their own security policies and procedures to ensure they do not fall victim to such a terrifying loss of life.
Members of a particular congregation at the River of Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, have placed a large sign outside their Church warning would-be demons that “PLEASE KNOW THIS IS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE,” it reads.”WE ARE HEAVILY ARMED – ANY ATTEMPT WILL BE DEALT WITH DEADLY FORCE – YES WE ARE A CHURCH AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE. The message is signed “THE PASTORS.”
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It's a brilliant attitude to hold onto, and Senior Pastor Rodney Howard Browne has received endless praise from those who worship at River of Tampa for his attitude towards the matter.
Associated Pastor Allen Hawes said, Look at what is going on. In the past two months, look at what happened in Texas. Look at what happened in Las Vegas. Because we are a church that is on television, we are very involved in the community. We want people to know that this is a safe zone.”
Hawes has a concealed weapons permit and said his congregation of nearly 1,200 people have “many armed members” ready to use force if necessary.
“If you walk through the door with the intention to harm, that sign serves as a deterrent to you,” Hawes said. “We are not a soft target. People here will defend their families.”
During an interview with the<a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/Tampa-church-warns-We-are-armed-and-ready-to-use-deadly-force_162712686"> Tampa Bay Times</a>, Hawes, who has a concealed weapon permit and favors the Springfield Armory 1911 handgun, a favorite among gun enthusiasts, said the congregation has many armed members who are prepared to use deadly force if necessary. Average attendance each Sunday is about 1,200 to 1,300.
Hawes said his congregation is also paying close attention to the string of four unsolved murders recently in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.
“I think just collectively, we pay very close attention,” he said. “Look at Seminole Heights. Someone is murdering people. This stuff is happening all the time. Do you wait for another shooting to take precautions?”
This type of attitude is to benefit the security and the peace of mind of those who come to praise the Lord, without sitting inside for hours in fear of their lives.
No church, no innocent peoples should have to continue to live in fear as a result of evil.
More churches should promote open carrying inside their doors, which would undoubtedly deter anyone who attempted to commit an atrocity similar to those we have seen in recent years.
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