Christopher Chelpka

Preventing Shootings at Church

What can a church do to prevent a shooting in their congregation?

Here are a four practical ideas drawn from Safe Schools Arizona: An Action Plan to Enhance the Safety of Arizona Schools and Communities. A plan David French calls,

perhaps the most intelligent policy response to school shootings (and, honestly, mass shootings more generally) that I’ve ever read.

Here are the ideas taken from the Ducey’s plan:

  • Mental health first aid training
  • Confidential, centralized reporting tip line
  • [Procedures for handling tips] Ducey’s plan assumes these are already in place
  • Lockdown training [and] clear procedures that differentiate between active shooter drills [and] fire drills