Following two despicable attempts at mass shootings in houses of worship in 2019, the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) was every bit as fed up and disgusted as the rest of us…and they used that energy to create some first steps to real change with a new book and the proceeds from its sale. The book is called Keeping Your Church Safe, and it has already raised more than $28,000 during its January donation campaign to support communities of faith. The dividends from the book’s sales will be divided equally between the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, and the Jewish community in New York.
Keeping Your Church Safe retails for $30, and your money buys more than the reality-based, best-practices armed self-defense training offered by the USCCA. It also buys real monetary support for the victims of the monstrous attacks recently carried out against Christian and Jewish houses of worship alike. By combining the donation campaign with the sale of its latest church security training, the USCCA provided nearly 1,400 copies of its new book to help strengthen training and education in communities of faith. The company also launched a month-long social media campaign to promote the donation effort and raise national awareness around the importance of trained security teams.
“There is simply no question that this kind of training and preparation saves lives,” said Schmidt. “The heroic actions of the trained security team at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas stopped an active shooter in just six seconds. They did this through training, vigilance and courage. They stopped evil that day as the defenders of their community. Serving these types of dedicated protectors is exactly why the USCCA exists.”
The USCCA’s donation campaign is part of an ongoing effort to offer free training and educational materials with a specific focus on protecting houses of worship and stopping mass shooters. If the Keeping Your Church Safe book won’t fit in your church’s collection plate, USCCA also offers a free Mass Shooting Survival Guide, which you can download here. There’s also a free, nine-minute video–click on it below to watch.