I am not making this sh*t up…
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A gun-toting Kentucky pastor says it’s OK to bring weapons to church – at least for one day.
Ken Pagano asked his flock to bring their unloaded handguns – in holsters – to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a celebration of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Consitution that guarantees the right to bear arms.
More than 200 people answered his call. There was just one rule for the several dozen who brought their guns along: No bullets.
“We are wanting to send a message that there are legal, civil, intelligent and law-abiding citizens who also own guns,” Pagano said during the 90-minute event, which was open to the public. “If it were not for a deep-seated belief in the right to bear arms, this country would not be here today,” he told the crowd, drawing hearty applause and exclamations of “Amen!”
The “Open Carry Celebration” included a handgun raffle, patriotic music and screening of gun safety videos. Some gun owners carried old-fashioned six-shooters in leather holsters, while others packed modern police-style firearms. Kentucky allows residents to openly carry guns in public with some restrictions.
Pagano’s Protestant church, which attracts up to 150 people to Sunday services in a conservative neighborhood of southwest Louisville, belongs to the Assemblies of God. He thought up the event after some church members expressed concern about members of President Barack Obama administration’s views on gun control, though the president hasn’t moved to put new restrictions on ownership.
Pagano’s event also troubled his church’s longtime insurance carrier, which declined to insure the event and informed him it won’t renew the policy.
Ah, Charlton Heston would be so proud…
No comment yet from the NRA-– but you can be sure conservatives are gonna eat this one up.