A Texas church will add handgun training classes to its fellowship offerings.
The Rev. Brad Foster, senior pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas, took the adage, “the Lord helps those who help themselves,” to heart with an offer to hold firearm safety classes at church facilities so parishioners can obtain concealed carry permits, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.
“There is such an interest right now in the class, self-defense and protecting one’s family,” Foster told the Globe-News. “We are always looking for ways to offer ministry and service to our community, and we never wanted it to be just for church members. People all over the area are expressing an interest.”
The 10-hour class, held in the church’s fellowship hall, will be conducted by a state-certified instructor — not Foster.
“The main purpose of this class is to handle a firearm safely and know when to shoot or just be a good witness,” Foster said. “There are parameters. You need to know where to carry, where you can’t carry and know you’re responsible for that round.”
Apparently, there has been very little negative feedback from the people of Dumas.
“One concern was expressed that this is a political hot-button, especially in our nation, and I certainly am sensitive to that reality,” Foster told the Globe-News. “However, we’re not making a political statement, except we don’t mind being associated with being in support of the Second Amendment.
“We’ve always attempted to think outside the box as far as what the needs of the community are, and I think this melds well with that philosophy. From the Biblical perspective, we are especially interested as men to be protectors of innocents. Jesus has a special place in his heart for children and innocents, and that’s an important role we have to play.”
Until now, Dumas has been primarily known for the old Phil Baxter tune, “I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas.”
Now it will be known for reviving the patriotic Frank Loesser song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.”
Read more at the Amarillo Globe-News.