MCALLEN, Texas (KGBT) – In the wake of the deadly church attack in Sutherland Springs, a pastor in McAllen says he believes people should be more armed in order to protect themselves and others in the event of an active shooter situation.
“If the public carried guns, there would be less people killed by the bad guys,” said the Rev. Ron Smith of the Church of the King in McAllen. Smith said he wouldn’t mind if worshipers at his church brought guns to his services.
After the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, Smith believes someone who is armed in his church could help prevent a shooting from having mass casualties.
“To save lives. Because if someone comes in shooting up the crowd, and there are people here that have a license to carry, they can save lives,” Smith said.
Smith says he will meet with leaders at his church to formulate a policy that would allow guns to be brought to the church.
“Those who have a license to carry concealed, I personally encourage it, but it would depend on what our elders say and the written policy that we come up with,” said Smith.
In the end, Smith said he’s not worried about a shooter coming to his church.
“The chances are one in a million, not only that, God’s in control,” said Smith.