Many areas of worship don't allow guns, but increased violence in churches has parishioners considering it. (Source: WOIO)

(WOIO) –

Pastors nationwide are facing an uncomfortable question: Should people be armed in a house of worship? While a place of peace and a house of refuge, churches can also become targets for violence.

On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot and killed during a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.

On March 1, 2013, a gunman opened fire during a funeral at Omega Baptist Church in Cleveland.

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