SECURITY? IN A CHURCH?
In 1999, I began tracking deadly attacks associated with faith-based organizations in the U.S.
I have now tracked over 1,600 incidents. From that tracking, we know we are more likely to see a violent attack start (or unfold completely) outside our building. We know there are more than guns involved in violence, but guns are involved roughly 60% of the time. We know when violence with deadly force potential arrives at church, there is about a 1 in 3 chance an innocent victim will be killed.
Most of all, we know that violence with deadly force potential at a church is not as rare as some thought. The days of denial are behind us. This research now shows us we cannot turn a blind eye to the evil that threatens our sanctuaries.
In contemplating the future, I believe this work needs to keep going even when I can no longer do it. The day will come for it to be passed to others.
That was one of the reasons for starting the Faith Based Security Network, Inc. (FBSN) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership (the IRS finally approved the FBSN as a public charity on 10/18/17). The faith based deadly force study will continue as a function of the FBSN. We want the statistics to always be available to the public for no charge.
If you believe the work done since 1999 is a worthy benefit, will you consider donating towards continuing and expanding this research? Donations are deductible, but please do not give out of your tithes fund – that belongs to your church. If you can give to the Faith Based Security Network, any amount is appreciated!