Easter is in the rear view for a lot of people, however, one man will remember the occasion quite well because he will likely always carry the scar.
That’s because his loaded handgun accidentally went off in his hip pocket before the closing hymn Saturday night at the Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pa. The gun went off about 11 p.m. when the unidentified man stood up in the pew of the Roman Catholic Church.
Police said the bullet grazed the man, who was legally authorized to have the firearm, and went into the church floor. The man was treated at a hospital for his injury.
Altoona police are investigating the incident. But questions that people have to ask are: Why would this guy or any individual think it would be necessary to carry a firearm to church? And are “accidents” like this what people can expect to see in Kansas churches and other public places, where starting July 1 people will be able to carry concealed weapons without permits or training?
Church — particularly Easter service — is for worshiping, praying and giving thanks for the resurrection in the company of others. It is not a time for fear or even thoughts of killing or bloodshed.
Having a firearm in church on any day only opens the door to many horrible possibilities.