The Common Good

Churches under fire for using gun classes as outreach

Date: December 20, 2012

After Friday’s deadly shootings in Colorado, religious leaders called for stricter gun control. But is gun control a “religious” issue?

Pryor Creek Community Church is one of a few dozen churches around the country that are offering concealed carry certification classes.

Duane Shank, a senior policy adviser at the Washington-based group Sojourners, said he is more concerned about weapons actually being in the church.

“A church is a place where we gather for worship and prayer in the name of the Prince of Peace,” he said. “Carrying a weapon, openly or concealed, into a place of worship is counter to that spirit.”