The National Rifle Association recognizes the need to protect America’s places of worship, just like the nation’s schools. Like schools, our houses of worship are being targeted by evil people, whose goal is to kill and spread fear. When people gather in groups for the purpose of religious worship, they can quickly become easy victims, as we have seen in increasing numbers.
Most leaders in houses of worship do not know where to turn in an attempt to make their gatherings safer from unauthorized persons or potential violence.
Small, simple changes can make a big difference in protecting your attendees, if you know what to look for.
The NRA has taken its National School Shield assessor training program and built a sister program, Community Shield.
Community Shield offers training to help houses of worship conduct vulnerability assessments to better protect their attendees from violence. We believe that if the target location has had a vulnerability assessment you can slow or prevent an attack on your attendees, as well as having a plan to deal with an act of violence, should something occur.
Our Community Shield presentation is not meant to make you a security expert, it was developed for the average non-law enforcement person, although law enforcement is welcome to attend.
The NRA Law Enforcement Division offers a complete police shooting program to police departments and law enforcement agencies to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms.