The drama of spiritual renewal was secondary Sunday in Colorado Springs, CO. For member of New Life Church, the drama was of a more earthly type.
A gunman killed two staff members at a missionary training center early Sunday after being told he couldn’t spend the night, and about 12 hours later four people were shot outside a megachurch in Colorado Springs.Should one now have to keep a Smith & Wesson handy while thumbing the hymnal?
Colorado Springs police Lt. Fletcher Howard said a suspect had been detained in the shootings outside the New Life Church. Authorities in Arvada, a Denver suburb about 65 miles north, said no one had been captured in the shootings there.
It was not immediately known whether the shootings were related, but Arvada authorities said they were sharing information with Colorado Springs investigators. The mission training program has a small office at the church’s World Prayer Center on the New Life campus.
Howard declined to say whether the Colorado Springs suspect had been shot. Police sealed off the church, but it was not clear whether any parishioners were still inside.
The church’s 11 a.m. service had recently ended, and hundreds of people were milling about when the gunman opened fire. Nearby were parents picking up their children from the nursery.As Michelle Malkin sums up, "Amid the horror, a glimmer of good news: The culture of self-defense may have saved untold lives."
Police arrived to find the gunman had been killed by a member of the church’s armed security staff, Myers said.
“There was a courageous staff member who probably saved many lives here today,” Myers said.
Megachurches are fortunate that among their benefits are an armed security staff. Is this a new feature that the faithful can count on?
At least New Life Church wasn't a Gun Free Zone.
As we posted on Friday, (Gun Free Zones: Recent School Shootings )the only people who are protected in Gun Free Zones are the shooters.
The church members can get on their knees and give thanks that their church wasn't a Gun Free Zone.
One suspects the death toll would have been many times higher.
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