(Yakima Herald-Republic) Sharon Eggleston filed into the Open Bible Christian Center recently not to worship but to learn how to shoot a gun.

“Actually, I’ve been praying about it,” the 70-year-old said about taking the gun training class at the Yakima church. “For protection.”

She was among more than a dozen women enrolled in the five-hour class in how to properly handle and shoot a gun.

When terrorists wielding AK-47s attacked St. James Church in South Africa, Charl Van Wyk shot back, driving them away. In “Shooting Back,” Van Wyk recounts the massacre and presents a compelling case for the right and duty of self-defense.

As incongruous as it may seem to hold firearms training in a church, it’s not unheard of.

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