George Graham

Bring a Gun to Church?


When they came to take Jesus, Peter instinctively responded by drawing his sword and striking at one of the men, cutting off his ear. But Jesus immediately healed the man’s ear, saying, “No more of this.”

That was then, this is now.

Some of today’s self-proclaimed Christians have a different approach.

Texas state attorney general Ken Paxton, for example. He wants churchgoers to take a gun to services in case a mass murderer shows up.

In a Fox News interview after yesterday’s blood bath at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Paxton declared:

In Texas at least we have the opportunity to have concealed-carry, And so if it’s a place where somebody has the ability to carry, there’s always the opportunity that gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people,

He suggested:

…arming some of the parishioners or the congregation so that they can respond if something like this, when something like this happens again.

I wonder if Jesus wept when He heard that.

The attack by disgraced USAF veteran Devin Patrick Kelley (photo at right)  left 25 members of the congregation dead. About 20 others were wounded. The gunman later killed himself, officials said.

It was the latest in a long list of mass-murder attacks across America in recent years.

You would expect America’s leaders to  be seeking gun control in the wake of the epidemic of gun violence sweeping the country but no, what they – many of them anyway – seem to want is more guns out there.

The love of guns in America verges on insanity. And with each senseless slaughter the passion grows.

Of course with each horror, we also hear calls for gun control, but nothing is ever done. Nothing can be done, it seems. There’s too much money at stake, the National Rifle Association is too powerful and there’s too great a lust for guns among the public.

More on the massacre

Paxton’s interview

The gun control debate

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for