Church Violence : Pastor of Washington Missionary Baptist Church Plans to Arm Church Members

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NBC Charlotte’s Xavier Walton spoke with the pastor who’s church was targeted by a gunman back in 2002.
“I had dialed 911 on my cell phone,” said Melvin Clark, Reverend at Washington Missionary Baptist Church. “He takes the gun out and says this night is really bad for everyone.”
On Wednesday Rev. Clark told NBC Charlotte about his near death experience back in 2002. He had been held at gunpoint and taken hostage.
Now more than a decade later, he plans to arm some of his own congregation with firearms.
“It’s putting a plan in action that we interface with our local law enforcement,” said Rev. Clark.
Right now the church has surveillance cameras. To get inside, with exception to a few times a day, you have to be buzzed in.
However, Rev. Clark says that’s not enough.
“People will begin to take matter into their own hands because they believe there is no plan in place,” said Rev. Clark.
Nearly three months ago a gunman opened fire at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Nine people were killed in the mass shooting. This past Sunday two men were arrested for bringing guns into a place of worship right here in Charlotte.
“That’s the motivation,” said Clark. “What is the plan of action if something happens?”


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