Fox News host Brian Kilmeade called for arming worshipers in response to the Poway synagogue shooting over the weekend.
On Saturday, a 19-year-old gunman who espoused white nationalist views in his “manifesto” killed a 60-year-old woman, shot a rabbi, and injured two others at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego.
On Monday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” Kilmeade offered what he believed to be a solution.
“I just think that all churches and synagogues, mosques, you have to have somebody in there that's armed these days. Everyone is pointed towards the altar or whatever you worship, and you’re sitting ducks for slaughter,” Kilmeade said.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt replied that some churches are now installing metal detectors. “My grandparents would be rolling over in their grave,” she said, if they knew about the metal detectors.
“Unbelievable,” host Steve Doocy chimed in.
While installing metal detectors is apparently unseemly, Kilmeade doubled down on his call for guns in churches.
“These cowards don’t want to get shot back at,” he said. “They want to slaughter you. They don’t want to get in a fight. They just want to kill. So they have to know when they’re coming in, wherever they are going to go, they are going to get shot if they try it. So maybe it’ll discourage the next one.”
Republicans push guns-in-churches bills:
Republicans in states like Florida, Virginia, and Alabama have pushed for bills to allow guns in churches over the last two years. Many states already allow worshipers to bring guns to church.
“Guns are allowed in churches in twenty states as part of their ‘Right to Carry’ laws,” according to The New Yorker. “These laws—versions of them have been enacted in more than forty states—allow people to carry a handgun in public in a concealed manner. These laws typically start from a baseline of applying to all public spaces, but states can, and do, add restrictions for places such as houses of worship, government buildings, and educational institutions. Historically, people were allowed to carry weapons in many states. In the nineteen-twenties and thirties, many states adopted laws that prohibited the unlicensed concealed carrying of a gun. Vermont is the only state that did not adopt any statutes prohibiting or regulating the concealed carry of guns, and has no specific prohibition against carrying guns in churches, so it is, perhaps unintentionally, the first state to allow guns in churches.”
“Virginia law states that weapons are allowed in churches unless a service is taking place, in which case they are only allowed if there is ‘good and sufficient reason,’” the report noted. “The law does not go on to list possible reasons a gun might be needed during a church service.”