God and Guns: Love, faith and security


Kalamazoo pastor encourages congregation to bear arms

Kalamazoo pastor Dr. Strick Strickland is an advocate of gun ownership. Hailing from Mississippi, Strickland said he grew up with guns, using them to hunt. Now, he wants to change the way people, especially the black community, think about guns.

Recently, Strickland held a concealed carry license class at his church, Second Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. Twenty community members attended the class, which was taught by Joel Fulton of Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek.

On Monday, Newschannel 3 speaks with two parishioners who attended the class. Strickland said he offered the class at his church as a convenience for those who wanted to attend.

“I was really surprised when I posted it on Facebook, there was no negativity. A lot of positivity. There was feedback even from people who already have their CCW [CPL]. They would post pictures and support it,” Strickland said.

Strickland also serves as president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. He acknowledges that guns in the black community are sometimes portrayed negatively but said that view needs to change.

“I believe we need more guns in the right hands. I believe we need to figure out how to get guns out of hands that would create unsafe measures,” Strickland said.

Since the first class offering, he said, he’s had dozens of people inquire about additional classes. He plans to offer more .

Tune in to Newschannel 3 at 11 p.m. to see why this pastor is encouraging church and community members to arm themselves, and return to for continuing coverage.

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