To begin, in my state, one who has a CHL is permitted to carry concealed in a place of worship only with permission.
Being licensed in my state, as well as another, plus having plenty of training, I am legally and responsibly armed unless I carry into the church without permission, which is precisely where my concern for having to respond to an active shooter increases.
My wife literally fears going to a weekend mass because she says she feels like a “sitting duck.”
My archdiocese will not allow our priests to grant permission for licensed individuals to carry concealed, as would be legal with that permission, in church. Outside the doors of the building, there’s no issue because the law doesn’t consider that a “place of worship,” and there are no signs posted forbidding carry.
Now, if my wife and I happened to be at a mass and, God forbid, a shooter entered whilst I was unarmed, and she was killed, I would never ever ever be able to forgive myself for not carrying anyway.
Kind of puts a man in a quandary. And I’m sure it isn’t just my parish but many others.
Further, since Sunday is a day of obligation, that means either break the law and carry concealed or commit a sin by not going. But breaking the law means risking lives.
This is just nuts IMO. I fail to understand why the USCCB doesn’t change this nationwide. But, I am indeed a child in the Catholic Faith and have no clue how such things are changed. But are they going to provide me the immediate armed response I could provide my wife and myself? Without a metal detector and armed security, they can not do that. I can respond in guaranteed less than 3s if I’m sitting, under 1.5 if standing…will the Church protect me to that degree since they forbid me to do it myself? Or do I risk it, carry anyway and pray it is never seen and never has to be used?
Not requesting legal advice. This is almost entirely rhetorical questioning of the laws that make no sense.
I’d like to hear what other Catholics think about this.
Ya all take care,