Texas church to hold concealed carry classes


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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.

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5 thoughts on “Texas church to hold concealed carry classes

  1. KB Cook says:

    Enter a refreshing moment of sanity! ahhhhhhh

  2. Spoon says:

    Hallelujah! This isn't the only Church sponsoring such activities…thankfully. Maybe other pastors and ministers will pick-up on the benefits of such instruction. It is every man's duty to be able to properly load, fire and reload small arms as clearly indicated by the Founders. The Federalist Papers, numerous quotes, etc discern that duty. It is relegated to "all free men". We happily invite the women to join in support and for their own well being, too.

    As our US Armed Forces are pared to the bone, maybe it's time again to form citizens' militias and conduct semi-annual training as was called for under The Militia Act of 1792. Makes perfect sense to me. Arming all able bodies works in Israel, and a couple of western European countries…it worked in America before…it'll work again!

  3. CWP Holder says:

    I like the Reverend's quote, “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." That's what church and community are all about. People who want to conceal and carry should have the right to do so, and proper training is what's important. I applaud Reverend Foster in his dedication to taking care of his flock, no matter what the political implications. Awesome!

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