Pat Robertson: "Blessed are the fully armed"

The TV preacher thinks churches should consider instituting armed "Eyes and Ears" teams for protection

Published September 9, 2014 6:08PM (EDT)

Pat Robertson                                        (Reuters/Brian Snyder)
Pat Robertson (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Pat Robertson, TV preacher and proud owner of a poorly calibrated moral compass, declared on Tuesday's episode of "The 700 Club" that we should distribute guns to churches because "blessed are the fully armed."

"Violent attacks and even deaths on church property occur far more often than people realize," he said. "The good news: You can protect yourself. What are you going to do, are you going to give church members AK-47s at the door to let them blow away those intruders?" No, probably not.

The show then aired a segment on "Eyes and Ears" teams, which are made up of members of the congregation, who serve shifts to watch out for any suspicious behavior.

"What is the new beatitude?" Robertson said cheerfully after the segment. "Blessed are the fully armed because theirs is the kingdom of Heaven."

“I really believe that if the bad guys understand that the citizenry are able to react against them then they won’t be as free to go into a crowded mall or a school or a church and start blowing people out. I do believe that if people are trained with firearms, and they’re able to protect themselves, I don’t think it will lead to more violence, it will lead to less. And that's what the statistics I think that are available to us show,” he continued. “The idea of having citizens who are trained or to have off-duty police in your church is not a bad thing ... It's something to consider."

By Joanna Rothkopf

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