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'Safe' church has 'right people carrying guns'
Pastor whose congregation attacked by arsenal-laden man speaks out
By Michael F. Haverluck
As Democrats press for unprecedented curbs on the right to bear arms, a Colorado Springs, Colo., pastor is recalling a high-profile incident in which a member of his church who was carrying a gun saved dozens of lives.
In an exclusive WND interview, Pastor Brady Boyd of New Life Church drew lessons from the December 2007 attack after a Sunday morning service that killed two people and injured three.
Boyd said the armed church member prevented a massacre.
“It did deter it,” he said. “One of our voluntary security church members had a firearm and saved at least 50 people. My family had just left the building and I was still in the building when it occurred.”
Boyd was speaking about Jeanne Assam, a former sworn Minneapolis police officer who was acting as security that day. She wounded the 24-year-old gunman, Matthew J. Murray, before he took his life.
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Murray already had killed two people in the parking lot after attacking a Youth With a Mission office in the Denver area. He was fully loaded with ammunition as he headed for the sanctuary, where hundreds of people remained.
Does Boyd believe stricter gun control would have prevented his church shooting and the likes of Sandy Hook?
“With 300 million guns available in American culture, we’re way past the tipping point,” the pastor said. “Unless you’re going to go door to door and confiscate our guns, it’s not going to work. Another set of laws wouldn’t have prevented it.”
Boyd sees Obama’s crusade to eliminate guns as shooting blanks.
“I think gun rights is not the most important part of the conversation,” Boyd said. “The political outcry over gun control is missing the point; it’s not dealing with the root of the problem that produced the fruit.”
He believes the underlying problem is in minds and hearts but that the administration is looking for a quick fix.
“Antidepressants are the No. 1 prescribed drug in our country,” Boyd noted. “We are living in a culture of violence and medicating mental pain and anguish.”
Boyd pointed out the the Bible doesn’t talk about gun control, “but it does speak on violence and the sanctity of life.”
“I’ve addressed the culture of violence in Christian homes with my church … asking them to weigh out if this is something to be invited into our homes through video games, movies and TV,” he said. “Violence has medicated us against real pain. It’s easier to deal with a gun problem than mental health, and that’s what the administration’s doing.”
Read and hear the real-life story of a man who, when faced with a team of terrorists attacking and killing people in his church, drew his own weapon and fired back, in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.”
Demonstrating the ineffectiveness of gun control, Boyd pointed south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Mexico, where it’s illegal to be caught with a bullet, has the strictest gun control in the world, but it’s the most violent nation on earth,” he said. “It has more violent deaths than Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Gun control didn’t solve problems down there.”
Should pastors carry guns while preaching at the pulpit?
“I’m licensed to carry a gun, but I don’t on Sunday morning,” Boyd said. “It could be dangerous for a pastor to be shooting back in a big crowd of people. My church is safe because we have the right people carrying guns.”
Rev. Larry Dickey of First Baptist Church in Sunizona, Ariz., who has been through firearm training and has had a concealed-carry permit for three states, believes he’s the right person to be packing heat in his church.
“I do so because there is a need for people to understand that we need to defend families and ourselves,” declared Dickey. “We are not a nation that understands how important it is to be vigilant in safely handling a firearm in a defensive manner – with courts and other segments of our society thinking if we are unarmed, we will be a safer people.”
Dickey has extensive experience with firearms.
“I was in one of the first Law Enforcement Explorer posts in Southern California in the 1960s,” he said. “I have a degree in police science, now called criminal justice, and have been an endorsed chaplain with my denomination for more than 25 years.”
He insists citizens must learn from the past and not be so dependent on the state’s protection, which is insufficient, at best.
“In the past five years there have been several shootings in churches, one in Illinois where the pastor was killed while in the pulpit,” Dickey noted. “I have seen how under-protected we have become, by solely expecting law enforcement to keep us safe. They cannot. They will be the first to admit this. They need a population that is willing to step up into harm’s way and do what needs to be done, at a time that it needs to be done.”
Dickey said he’s well aware of the pressures law-enforcement officers face.
“Any time that I can help them, I will,” he said. “That is the responsibility of all citizens. We need to take a stand where we can and when we can. Too long we have allowed the criminals to take over. When we stand up, they cower like the cowards that they are. We are free people. As a free people we have a right and responsibility to protect our families, churches and communities whenever necessary.”
In Dickey’s church, he’s of the attitude, “Not under my roof!”
“If someone were to come into our church with a gun or a knife, they could do a lot of damage before the police could get into the church,” he reasoned. “Even if we had officers in the parking lot, by the time they could get inside, it would be over. We, as citizens, need to protect what we love and be willing to lay our life on the line for them.”
Churches as gun-free zones makes little sense to Dickey.
“[W]e have seen and read of folks who entered a church with the intent of doing a fair amount of hurt and killing with the guns they carried into houses of worship,” he said. “They expect people inside to be unarmed and feeling safe inside a church. This is not always the case.”
And Dickey claims that the statistics back him up.
“The truth is that in every state where the citizens are allowed to carry concealed guns, the crime rate is down,” he argued. “Conversely, in every state where citizens were not allowed to conceal carry, the crime rate has gone up. Look at California and Illinois. When people can defend themselves, you’re going to have criminals thinking twice about what they will do.
“When was the last time that you heard of a gun store being robbed?”
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The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) seems to have it out for our military. The department is using the city’s pointless firearm registration mandate to harass, arrest and jail servicemen.
Army 1st Sergeant Matthew Corrigan was woken in the middle of the night,
forced out of his home, arrested, had his home ransacked, had his guns seized
and was thrown in jail -- where he was lost in the prison system for two weeks
-- all because the District refuses to recognize the meaning of the Second
Amendment. This week, the city dropped all charges against Sgt. Corrigan, but
the damage done to this reservist cannot be so easily erased.
This story will describe how Sgt. Corrigan went from sleeping at home at
night to arrested. Subsequent installments of the series will cover the home
raid without a warrant, the long-term imprisonment and the coverup by MPD.by wp: COMPLETE STORY IS POSTED
Sgt. Corrigan, 35, and his attorney Richard Gardiner appeared before Judge
Michael Ryan at D.C. Superior Court on Monday. The District’s assistant attorney
general moved to dismiss all ten charges against him - three for unregistered
firearms and seven for possession of ammunition in different calibers.
Wearing a blue suit and black-rimmed glasses, Sgt. Corrigan looked
unemotional after the hearing that ended his two-year ordeal. Outside the
courtroom, I asked him how he felt. I expected some vindication or, at least,
relief. Instead, he was weighed down by the losses and trauma of the experience.
“For court, I put on a face showing I’m okay,” he said. “Overall, this has
Sgt. Corrigan was asleep in rented apartment on North Capitol Street in the
Stronghold neighborhood at 4 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2010, when he heard his name being
called on a bullhorn from outside. There was a heavy snow falling -- the first
storm of what became known that winter as “snowmageddon.”
Flood lights glared through the front and back windows and doors of his
English basement apartment. “Matt Corrigan, We’re here to help you, Matt,” the
voice said in the darkness. An experienced combat soldier, he assumed a bunker
mentality and hid in the dark room.
turned on his cell phone and a police detective immediately phoned and said,
“Matt, don’t you think this is a good time to walk your dog?” The SWAT team
outside could obviously see the 11-year old pit bull, Matrix, a rescue from dog
fighting, who had been with Sgt. Corrigan since graduate school in Northern
“I’ll come to the window and show myself,” he offered on the phone. Sgt.
Corrigan still didn’t know why his house was surrounded, but he knew exactly
what he should do in such situations. “I’ve been on the other end of that rifle
trying to get someone out,” he explained.
He said that the cop on the phone answered that, “‘It’s gone beyond that
Sgt. Corrigan volunteered to serve for a year in Iraq from 2005-2006. He’s an
Army reservist in a drill sergeant unit based in Alexandria. By day, he is a
statistician at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
His unit would generally never be needed overseas, but the Army need people
to train the Iraqi soldiers. So, the then-drill sergeant signed up for the
deployment because he thought it would be good for his military career.
The reservist and nine other soldiers were embedded with
the Iraqi army to train them to be a functional military force. He was stationed
in Fallujah during the transition from the assault on the city to allowing the
civilian population to move back in and through the elections.
The team was spread out over 4 or 5 locations so that each Iraqi company
could have a very different tasking from the Marines who operated that
Among other duties, the sergeant would go out on patrol with the Iraqis,
clear routes of IEDs, prevent new IEDs from being placed in the urban areas.
During patrols, he would search for any detail in the street that had changed in
a way that would indicate a possible new explosive, then he would scan the
horizon for the enemy with the detonator.
He says that in his daily life now, he’s still looking for the “IED
triggerman.” He was awarded the bronze star.
His twelve months of service ended without much time to re-adjust to civilian
life. “In 20 days, I went from being shot at to sitting in a cube wearing a
suit,” he recalled of the difficult transition returning to his statistician
job. “Your body is in America. Your head is in Iraq.”
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