Local churches react to Texas tragedy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Twenty-six people were killed and 20 more wounded inside a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a gunman opened fire during services.

Incidents like this can make us all wonder just how safe we really are.

Monday, all eyes are on churches across the nation.

Some wonder if any place is safe anymore, or is this a new normal?

"Not surprising, sad, deeply sad for the families," said Century Baptist Church Director of Operations Bill Marti.

Some churches in Bismarck say they're prepared for anything.

"Every Sunday morning we have an EMT here as well as we have other people trained on basic first-aid," said Marti.

Police officer Clint Fuller says they've trained some churches on how to be prepared in case of an active shooter.

“If something does happen, they're not going into panic mode that they have a plan in place and know how to act in a crisis situation seconds could count,” said Fuller.

Police said parishioners are allowed to carry guns at church with a few requirements.

“If you're a member of the church and you have a concealed weapons permit, you have to be authorized by the church leader to carry in church and then you have to notify law enforcement--we have a list of people who are authorized by that church to carry," said Fuller.

Bismarck PD and churches agree that planning is key to any situation big or small.