Beware that you may be seeing the scrubby forest and not the trees standing tall. They are taught that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and to speak though you tremble truth to power - but not what is truth.
in my small community there are many retired schoolmarms and minister/pastors. A feeble old schoolmarm told me that she didn't want me armed in church. Pfft! We have also a discreet cohort of legally armed citizens.