Shocked Youth Pastor Tells Starnes: Kids Are Showing Up to Church Packing Heat

A Georgia youth pastor called into the Todd Starnes Radio Show and delivered a jaw-dropping statement. He said that teenagers were showing up at church for worship armed with weapons. The youth pastor said kids were afraid they might get “rolled up on.”

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The following is a rush transcript from The Todd Starnes Radio Show. Listen to the program live Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Click here to listen to the full interview.

TODD STARNES: [01:36:54] Let’s go back to the phones. David in Georgia wants to weigh in on this teen violence. David, what’s up? [01:37:01][7.1]

DAVID: [01:37:03] Hi Todd. So yes, I work as an assistant youth minister at a church in Metro Atlanta and the kids. I don’t know if they’re scared, but a lot of them have started bringing guns to like youth group and like things at the churches and stuff. And yeah, we’ve had discussions when we’ve heard of this and we’ve talked to the teens, but it’s terrifying because like, they don’t feel like us, adults can protect them for some reason. And we’ve had sit downs with them and we’re like, we’re the adults we can handle the situation will get like some police and they’re like, Well, I’m not snitching on who I have beef with and we’re we’re at a loss sometimes because these these are good kids. We’ve known them since they were like 10 11. And we started youth group and they’re like 17, 18 now when they’re, you know, packing heat, coming to church because, you know, they’re ready to get rolled up on by someone, maybe. And it’s terrifying for them. It’s terrifying for us as adults to know this is happening, but I can’t understand how they are. But apparently, we’ve got more of a problem than we realize sometimes with these kids. [01:38:23][79.3]

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TODD: [01:38:24] So, David, we’ve got about 30 seconds here. What do you tell? What do you tell moms and dads? I mean, how do we fix this problem? [01:38:29][5.4]

DAVID: [01:38:32] Honestly, it starts at home and in the churches like we tell them, the church is your safe place. This is a sanctuary. God is going to protect you. But really, it boils down to families like we need these families to have their kids feel safe at home, but also safe when they’re out and about. [01:38:48][16.0]

TODD: [01:38:49] Wow. David, first of all, thank you. As a youth pastor and such an important part of the pastoral staff, so God bless you for your ministry. And thank you for listening to the show as well. And folks, that’s what it’s about. As we continue to grow, we need to invite the next generation to join talk radio. [01:39:08][19.6]