Church shootings prompt Georgia church to hold self-defense seminar

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A local church in Augusta, Georgia held a self-defense seminar on Saturday for its parishioners to give them the skills needed to fight back due to the rise of church shootings, according to WJBF News.

Since 1999, there have been 18 reported church shootings and three of those occurred in Georgia.

WJBF News reported:

The old saying goes, it’s better to have and not need– than to need and not have. That’s why people in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) came to Whole Life Ministries in Augusta to learn some self-defense tactics.

Bill Godbee goes to The Assembly at Augusta and said, “Things could happen that your mind doesn’t even fathom.”

“Sitting at church, anything could happen and we all have the same feelings, the same questions because what makes this situation different than others like schools and government buildings is we have to find balance between an open door ministry…which is what the church is. As well as a safe environment for those that choose to worship and to worship without threat or distraction,” said Zachary Goodwin. He goes to The Hill Baptist Church.

On March 2, many people across the CSRA not only learned ways to protect themselves but more about the grim reality that threats against churches don’t seem to be going away.

“I think Christianity has been under attack since Jesus walked on the earth and I think just as time has sped up and things have gone on it’s become more and more under attack. I think the church just has to stand up for what we believe in,” said Whole Life Ministries security detail Aaron Cohrs.

Goodwin added, “When it happens it happens and that’s why we have these types of seminars is to get a routine of what to do in that situation.”

During the seminar, the main focus was on the Israeli self-defense method, Krav Maga.

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The three church shootings in Georgia happened at the World Changers Church in College Park, Georgia in 2005 and again in 2012 while in 2003, a shooting occurred at Turner Monumental AME Church in Kirkwood, Georgia.

Read more at WJBF News.

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