Florida Lawmakers View Christian Lives As Less Valuable

Christian lives and the lives of children who attend private schools have been viewed as less valuable by the 2019 Florida Legislature.

If you attend services at a church, worship center, ministry or synagogue that has a licensed school on its property or your child attends any private school in the state of Florida, the Florida legislature as twice determined that your life and the lives of your children are less valuable than the lives of children who attend public schools.

During the Florida 2019 legislation session there were two bills submitted by legislators for consideration the would allow those who attend services at churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to protect themselves against an armed assailant. Those bills were Senate Bill 1238 (SB 1238), introduced by Senator Debbie Mayfield and House Bill 403 (HB 403) introduced by Erin Grall and Cord Byrd titled: Safety of Religious Institutions.

Both bills passed through their respective committees with little to no opposition, receiving bipartisan support. However, in the Senate, after receiving 4-Yeas and 2-Nays, on March 25th the bill was sent to Criminal Justice Committee, on April 8th, SB 1238 was “Temporarily Postponed”. I the Criminal Justice Committee, on May 5th, SB 1238 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration“.

On April 25th, House Bill 403 passed its third reading with a vote of 79 – Yeas and 35 – Nays. HB 403 was then sent to the Senate Judiciary Rules Committee where it sat without action. With the close of the 2019 Florida Legislative Session HB 403 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration” on May 3, 2019. The Safety of Religious Institutions bill is dead.

It can only be concluded that the Florida Legislature views the lives of those who attend worship services and private schools as less valuable than those who attend and work at public schools, as this has been the second year in a row the Florida Legislature has neglected the safety of students who attend private schools and those who worship on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution.

Those who attend worship services on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution or attend private schools are left to the mercy of the wolves, without a means of self-defense by Florida lawmakers.

In Florida, when licensed, one can legally carry a concealed firearm . . .

  • when going to the country club
  • when going to watch a movie in a public theater
  • when attending a play or other performance
  • when going to a city park
  • when going to the beach
  • when grocery shopping
  • when going to the mall
  • when banking
  • when dinning at your favorite restaurant

But, not when attending your church, ministry, synagogue or other place of worship, if there is a school located on the property.

In recent months, weeks and even days, agencies responsible for public safety are issuing warnings to increase security at places of worship.


Is there not a mixed message here?

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2019 FBI Report on Active Shootings

“In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives.”

Summary of the 2019 FBI report on 2018 ‘Active Shootings’   

As in past years, citizens were faced with split-second, life-and-death decisions. In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives. Given this reality, it is vital that citizens be afforded training so they understand the risks they face and the options they have available when active shooter incidents are unfolding.

Summary

The findings in this report are based on publicly available resources, FBI reporting and, when available, official law enforcement investigative data. Though limited in scope, this report was undertaken to provide clarity and data of value to federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement as well as other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public as they seek to neutralize threats posed by active shooters and save lives during such incidents.

  • 27 incidents in 16 states
  • 213  casualties – excluding the shooters
  • 85  killed
Citizen Engagement and Casualties

In five incidents, citizens confronted the shooter.
In three incidents, unarmed citizens confronted the shooter, thereby ending the shooting.

■ In one incident, a citizen wrestled the gun away from the shooter. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended approximately 34 hours later at another location.

■ In one incident, citizens confronted the shooter (including one who was pistol-whipped by the shooter), allowing others to flee the scene. The shooter committed suicide at the scene before law enforcement arrived.

■ In one incident, a teacher wrestled the shooter to the ground and restrained him until law enforcement arrived and apprehended him.

■ In two incidents, armed citizens possessing valid firearms permits exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

■ In one incident, two citizens retrieved their guns from their respective vehicles, then shot and killed the shooter.

■ In one incident, a citizen armed with a gun confronted the shooter, but no gunfire was exchanged. A second citizen exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but neither was struck. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended by law enforcement a short time later at another location.

The Shooters

Twenty-three shooters were male; three shooters were female; the gender of one shooter is unknown. Twenty-six shooters acted alone; one shooter may have acted alone.

The shooters ranged in age from 13 years to 64 years. Five shooters were in their teens, seven were in their 20s, seven were in their 30s, three were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, and two were in their 60s. The age of one shooter is unknown.

Eleven shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, six at the scene, and five at another location. Two of the 11 shooters initially fled the scene after being confronted by citizens, and one was restrained by a citizen.

Five shooters were killed. Four were killed by law enforcement at the scene, and one shooter was killed by citizens possessing valid firearms permits at the scene.

Ten shooters committed suicide: four at the scene before law enforcement arrived, three at the scene after law enforcement arrived, and three at another location. One of the shooters committed suicide after being confronted by citizens  

Conclusion
  • A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun
  • Civilians need to train for active shooter incidents
  • Armed, trained civilians save lives
  • Early intervention and prompt engagement with the active shooter saves lives
  • Shooters may be male or female
  • In 2018 the shooters ranged from age 13 to 64.

Engaging the active shooter – Beyond ALICE

Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter.

Our “Active Shooter” training is above and beyond any ALICE training you may have heard of or participated in.   Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter in the workplace, place of worship, shopping mall and everyday life. 

Our “Active Shooter” training teaches more than throwing books, papers and pens at an armed assailant. Our “Active Shooter” training trains the participant in the safe and proficient use of a firearm for the defense of one’s life, the lives of his or her loved ones, members of a congregation or co-workers.

Our “Active Shooter” training was NOT created by retired law enforcement officers or military personnel, with time on their hands, sitting around a conference table, looking for a way to keep busy.

Our “Active Shooter” training is a nationally recognized, official NRA, advanced firearms training course.  Training includes basic through advanced training.  No prerequisite is required.  The complete course of training is required regardless of prior training, certification or licensing.  Safety is paramount and it must be assured that all participants have the same instruction when engaging in the live-fire range training. 

Successful completion of our “Active Shooter” training provides the participant with a nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training that can be used for the applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license. Our “Active Shooter” training exceeds the the State of Florida’s training requirement for concealed carry weapons license application.

Our “Active Shooter” training is an intense, 15-hour, training course that will require a minimum of 250 rounds fired on the range using a defensive caliber handgun, incorporating drawing from a concealment holster, firing after drawing from a holster, engaging multiple assailants, while utilizing cover and concealment.

Training includes:
Environment risk assessment
• Situational awareness
• Mental preparedness
• Psychological consequences
• Defensive firearm familiarization and selection
• Concealed carry techniques
• Drawing and firing from a concealed carry holster
• Selecting and utilizing cover and concealment
• Confronting and dealing with single and multiple armed assailants
• Extensive live-fire range training

Contact us for complete course information or to register for a class. Simply fill out the convenient information form and we will promptly respond to your inquiry at: CONTACT US

Group rates are available.

Customized, private training dates can be scheduled for groups of 6 or more.

Join us Tuesday, January 22nd for a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his experience surviving an active shooter encounter.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry.  Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

A Shooting In A Place Of Worship – A Story Of Survival

Looking down the barrel of an semi-automatic pistol, at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry. Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

Presentation Tuesday, January 22nd

In-Gauge of Polk county will host a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his story of surviving an active shooter in his ministry.

Pastor Howell will relate his story and provide suggestions of preparedness and how to avoid a similar “Active Shooter” incident in your place of work, worship, ministry or everyday life.

This presentation is the first in a series of “active shooter” training classes being conducted by In-Gauge of Polk County, an official NRA chartered, non-profit organization and will introduce In-Gauge of Polk County’s 2019 basic and advanced level, NRA “active shooter” training classes, including the nationally recognized Refuse To Be A Victim program.

Tuesday, January 22nd
6:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Winter Haven, Florida
Reservations Are Required
FREE Event Tickets Can Be Obtained Thru EventBrite

Hardening The Soft Target – Church, Ministry, Faith Organization Security

“There is no elegant way to protect the sheep from hungry wolves.”

We have once again been reminded how hate filled cowards take advantage of soft targets.lamb_wolf 01

11 Killed in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Sunday, October 28, 2018

“The shooter stormed the building during a Saturday morning service, fatally shooting 11 mostly elderly people and wounding six others including four police officers, before he was arrested.”

Kroger store shooting suspect tried to first access church
10/26/2018 – Associated Press

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — A man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two store patrons, police said.

After releasing a photo of the suspect, authorities received a tip from an employee of the city of Jeffersontown who said he thought he saw Gregory Bush outside the First Baptist church prior to Wednesday’s shooting, city police chief Sam Rogers said. The video confirmed Bush’s presence about 10 to 15 minutes before he went to the grocery store, Rogers said.

“We prayed to our God and posted a guard . . .”  Nehemiah 4:9

It is regrettable, but the wolves choose soft targets.  It is our responsibility to make chosen targets as undesirable as possible by hardening the target.  We harden the target by preparing ourselves for an unwanted attack.The Shepherd 01

It is understood that a good many members of any congregation possess a concealed carry license and may even carry a firearm during services.  However, are they qualified to carry a deadly weapon in public?

There is more to carrying a firearm in public then just knowing how to pull a trigger and shooting holes in a paper target.

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM does just that.  Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM trains the participant in crowded, close-quarter use of a firearm.

Successful completion of our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM provides the participant with an official NRA, nationally recognized certificate of training that can be used for both applying for

  • a Florida concealed carry weapons license and
  • applying for a reduction in liability insurance premiums

With the successful completion of  our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM all members of a congregation’s “security/watch team” will have the uniform training, know the abilities and capabilities of its members.

ALICE Training

You or members of your congregation may have received ALICE training, from a local law enforcement agency and either thought that was all there is available or wondered where could you or members of your “security/watch team” get more or practical defense training.

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM is above and beyond ALICE training.  Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM is practical firearms training unlike anything offered elsewhere in central Florida.

Contact us for practical training that will harden your soft target and make it undesirable prey for the hate filled wolves.

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GUARDIAN SOCIETY

In-Gauge of Polk County is pleased to announce its newest membership program the . . . Guardian Society.

 

The Guardian Society is a separate and unique level of  In-Gauge of Polk County membership.     Members of the Guardian Society are an elite group of highly trained, Shield Gray 02Christian, Club members who have completed In-Gauge of Polk County’s GUARDIAN TRAINING.   Members of the Guardian Society have the opportunity to increase and practice their firearm skills through advanced training sessions available only to members of the Society.    Guardian Society members meet regularly for both fellowship and to increase their knowledge and skills in self-defense and protection-of-the-flock tactical training.  For further information see the display below.

 

 

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Applications for the Guardian Society can be obtained through In-Gauge of Polk County  by sending an email request to   info.ingauge@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church Guardian Training

Guardian training for faith based organizations.

Beginning January 2018, In-Gauge of Polk County, of Winter Haven, Florida will be initiating its Church Guardian Training program.church art 06b

 

In-Gauge of Polk County’s Church Guardian Training program is a 15-hour firearm training program for faith based organizations.  The Guardian training specifically focuses on situational awareness, plans of action and the use of a firearm in crowded, close-quarter conditions.

The Guardian training is composed of two distinct classes:

  • Phase One – Basic handgun/concealed carry qualification training (5 hours)
    • Classroom:   4 hours
    • Live-fire range training:   1 hour
  • Phase Two – Advanced concealed carry training  (10 hours)
    • Classroom:   5 hours
    • Live-fire range training:   5 hours 

A nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the course.   Training exceeds requirements for Florida’s concealed carry weapons license application.

Training will be ongoing throughout the year.  Training can be taken as an individual or a group.  Convenient lodging is available for out-of-town participants.

Pre-registration is required.  Group discounts are available.  Call or email for pricing information.

For complete training information, visit In-Gauge of Polk County’s webpage at:  Church Guardian Training  or send an email inquiry to:  info.ingauge@gmail.com 

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd explains the importance of having trained guardians on location when the wolf attacks and before law enforcement arrives  . . . . 

Something to consider . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County is one of a very few entities that provides official NRA firearms training and the only organization in Central Florida that conducts official NRA, advanced firearms training.

If you or any member of your congregation takes firearms training that does not provide an official NRA certificate of training, displaying the official NRA name and emblem, your training will likely not be recognized outside the state of Florida and not be recognized by liability insurance carriers.

Firearms training classes (concealed carry classes) conducted by retired law enforcement officers or instructors claiming to certified NRA instructors that do not issue official NRA certificates of training, are NOT official NRA firearms training classes.

Before enrolling in any concealed carry class or advanced firearms tactical training course, ask if you be receiving an official NRA certificate of training upon completion. Not merely receiving a training certificate designed by the instructor or a letter stating you completed a class.