In the wake of the shooting at a church in Sutherland, Texas, that left 26 dead, Lakeland churches are increasing security, Fox 13’s Ken Suarez reports. Among other things they are self-patrolling their grounds, adding cameras and taking advantage of Polk County Sheriff’s Office services, such as security assessments and active-shooter training.

Meanwhile News Channel 8’s Corey Davis talks with a Lakeland pastor who was shot in the head while praying in his church six years ago. Pastor William Boss asks: How many massacres will it take before lawmakers change gun laws?

Sheriff Grady Judd’s solution? He says everyone who can legally arm themselves should do so.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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