Roy Jones is a concealed carry instructor in Oklahoma who has taught more than 5,000 people about gun safety and how to use a firearm. Jones teaches church members and has incorporated scripture into his teachings. Jones likes to quote Psalm 144:1, which says: “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.”
Jones offers courses that are eight hours in length and include firearm handling lectures, practice at his private range, and a 15-question exam. Some question a Christian offering these types of courses and ask about turning the other cheek. Jones responds that Christians are called to turn the other cheek if attacked while preaching the gospel.
“A Christian is not called to turn the other cheek when their loved ones’ lives are in jeopardy or even when their own lives are exposed to peril via a home invader, public attacker, or murderer,” he said. “In that situation, a Christian’s duty is to fight to defend life.”
“We will turn the other cheek,” Jones said. “I’m the least likely guy to pull out a gun in a fight. But we will not turn the other cheek if you’re going to assault my family or cut off my head in the process.”
Jones uses two local examples, one where a woman was mauled to death by two dogs and another in which a woman was stabbed to death at work by a former employee. He says if they had legal guns and knew how to fire them the end result may have been very different. Jones wants to convey the message that Christians do not have to be defenseless.