The man accused of opening fire on a small Tennessee church congregation is charged with homicide and will make his initial appearance in court Wednesdsay.
Emanuel Kidega Samson accidentally shot himself Sunday during a struggle with a church usher who was able to hold him at gunpoint until police arrived. Samson’s rampage killed one woman and wounded six other people.
Now, the focus in Mississippi is on the Church Protection Act, signed into law last year.
Prior to the Act, churches in Mississippi were prohibited places for concealed carry. But according to Representative Andy Gipson, the author of the bill and a pastor himself, the law is absolutely necessary to keep churches and church goers safe:
Rep. Andy Gipson
On the other hand, some have called the Church Protection Act a waste of government resources. Representative Jay Hughes says lawmakers should be focused on other tasks such as improving the health of Mississippians and funding schools.
Rep. Jay Huges
Thankfully, the Church Protection Act has not been tested in the Magnolia State.
God willing, it never will be.