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Research shows the majority of weapons used in church violent crimes are NOT firearms.

Posted by Chuck Chadwick, Jr. on

Research shows the majority of weapons used in church violent crimes are NOT firearms.

Another madman has struck in California. Seemingly defenseless people without anyone to stand in the way. We thank God every day for our selfless men and women that have taken their time and effort to prepare for just such an event. Some still say that this is a gun thing. Even thousands of years ago there were Gatekeepers that were needed to defend God’s people from the madmen with swords and spears.

The FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is the only database that is based on actual criminal reports and not just internet search-based articles somebody Googled. The latest data published is 2016 which we filtered to include only violent crimes against persons at church.

Here is the breakdown of weapons used in church violent crimes when we analyzed the 1,764 violent incidents of the 21,763 church incidents in 2016.

Code

2016 Church Crime - Weapons Used

 # of incidents

11

Firearm (type not stated)

24

11A

Firearm (type not stated), automatic

1

12

 Handgun

62

12A

Handgun, automatic

3

13

Rifle

1

13A

Rifle, automatic

0

14

Shotgun

2

14A

 Shotgun, automatic

0

15

Other Firearm

4

15A

Other Firearm, automatic

0

20

Knife/Cutting Instrument (ice pick, screwdriver, ax, etc.)

64

30

Blunt Object (club, hammer, etc.)

31

35

Motor Vehicle

19

40

Personal Weapons (hands, feet, teeth, etc.)

1184

50

Poison (include gas as in code 85 asphyxiation)

0

60

Explosives

0

65

Fire/Incendiary Device

3

70

Drugs/Narcotics/Sleeping Pills

2

85

Asphyxiation (by drowning, strangulation, suffocation, gas, etc.)

2

90

Other

96

95

 Unknown

43

99

 None

241

  • All Firearm = 97
  • All Knife/Cutting instrument (Ice pick, screwdriver, ax, etc.) = 64
  • All Blunt Objects (club, hammer, etc.) = 95
  • Personal Weapons (hands, feet, teeth, etc.) = 1,184

In our professional private security training our Gatekeepers learn how to deal decisively with these threats. It’s not just about firearms, it’s about all threats that would harm our God’s people.

 Stay tuned for more Church crime analysis from real data about real church crimes.

 

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