"Any house of worship is a wide-open exposed soft target for lunatics and hate-filled radicals to exploit, and everyone knows it. Why would your leader refuse guards and insist you be unarmed?"
Arizona has introduced and other states are working on Gun-Free-Zone Liability laws, which, while they allow private places to arbitrarily ban the civil right people have to arm themselves, would hold those places accountable for any harm that causes.
Suspending the right to arms, often by simply posting a we-don't-allow-you-here sign, is an arguably unconstitutional power. The proposed statute, by making the places liable for any harm such policies might cause, would serve as a deterrent to the counterproductive edicts. JPFO calls such areas, "make believe" gun-free-zones, since guns move freely in and out of such spaces. The classic example is the Luby's Cafeteria massacre in 1991, though that ban on sidearms in Texas came from the state itself. The recent tragedy at the Tree-of-Life Jewish temple, reportedly a supposed "gun-free zone," or any house of worship, all of which are wide-open exposed soft targets for lunatics and hate-filled radicals, is a more salient example of harm.
In stark contrast, and receiving only cursory treatment instead of saturation coverage by mass media, a father eating with his teenage kids at a McDonalds the next day in Alabama, shot and killed a wannabe masked mass murderer, ending what could otherwise have been a bloodbath as bad or worse than the synagogue murders in Pittsburgh. The criminal, who opened fire inside the restaurant, later died of his wounds. A McDonalds employee called the dad, "a hero."
Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said the criminal, who was not yet identified, "made a decision that cost his life, and the father made a decision that preserved his and his children's lives." And everyone else's.
The employee, Markus Washington, who was flipping burgers at the time, speaking about the dad, said, ". . . if he wasn't armed, we might not be here. . . " The father is not currently facing charges.
Stories of citizens facing down armed criminals and killing, wounding, or sending them fleeing are common, but not in the mass media, which suppresses such news. One AP bureau chief, in a moment of candor once revealed that if they covered such events, they might inspire copycats, so they don't. The website GunLaws.com carries batches of self-defense stories the mainstream refuses to cover, explained here: https://www.gunlaws.com/TheFirstRespondersReport.htm A simple Google search will locate many similar sites, run by gun-rights advocates and firms.