Security Theater Scare Mongering
First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois, had a security plan in place when a gunman walked into services Sunday morning and killed Pastor Fred Winters, said Tim Lawson, another pastor at the church.
Lawson told CNN he was not prepared to disclose details of his church's security plan on Monday.
But Maryville police Chief Rich Schardam said Winters was keenly aware of the security issues, had sought out police advice and had identified police and medical personnel in the congregation who could help in an emergency.
"They did have plans on what to do," Schardam said Monday.
Schardam said neither of the men who subdued the gunman had a law enforcement background.
"Those parishioners were just real-life heroes," Pastor Lawson said.
Sounds like those plans didn't make much of a difference.
And does anyone really believe that security checkpoints at hotel entrances will make any difference at all?
Posted on March 10, 2009 at 7:52 AM • 77 Comments