A recent shooting suspect was a children’s ministry volunteer and evangelist – before the sanctuary was sprayed with bullets.
By Vaughn Baker
President, Strategos International
You’ve heard the saying: Expect it when you least expect it. There is wisdom in this idea when it comes to church security.
On Sunday, Emanuel K. Samson was arrested in the shooting death of a member of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ near Nashville, Tenn. Six others were injured.
Police say Samson began firing as people left the worship service, then ran into the building and kept shooting. A member of the church repeatedly struggled with Samson, causing the assailant to shoot himself in the leg. That’s when the killing stopped.
Who knows how many lives were spared. Police say Samson had multiple weapons and a sizable stash of ammunition.
The enigma in all of this: Why? Samson had volunteered in children’s ministry and was a Gospel-heralding church member. He invited many to join him in worship.
The lesson for us? Be prepared. We have to accept the risk before we can assess it. Only then can we go from being victimized to prevailing.
We must accept the risk before we can accurately assess the risk.
We hear about workplace, school and church violence almost daily. But it seems like something that happens to somebody else … until it happens to you. What is the risk of violence in your workplace, church or school? And do you prepare based on the risk? We certainly don’t take that approach for fires, tornadoes, floods or other severe weather incidents – even though the risks are quite low. The better question, according to Strategos President Vaughn Baker, is “What is the risk of doing nothing?”
The Strategos Security Minute: What is My Risk of Workplace Violence? from Strategos International on Vimeo.
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Strategos specializes in on-site protection and security consulting for businesses, schools, churches and law enforcement. It has also trained more than 100,000 personnel on security topics.
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“People turn to us in uncertain times and a massive hurricane is certainly one of those,” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos. “Law enforcement and other first-responders are overwhelmed and serving in heroic ways. A professional security presence is often needed to safeguard business property and keep operations safe and secure.”