(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.