Local pastor is putting forth a proposal to save lives: bring your guns to church.

Via IJR:

Sadly, it's often the case we don't focus on ways to prevent tragedies until after they occur. That's certainly what's happened in the wake of the horrific church shooting in Texas over the weekend.

But Ron Smith, pastor of Church of the King in McAllen, Texas, has a plan that Lone Star State residents — and any pro-Second Amendment American — can get behind.

He is encouraging more people to get their concealed carry licenses after 26-year-old gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during Sunday's worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 30 others.

“If the public carried guns, there would be less people killed by the bad guys,” Smith told KGBT-TV. “[I]f someone comes in shooting up the crowd, and there are people here that have a license to carry, they can save lives.”

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