Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: Know the Opposition

CSGV (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence) Crying About 'Mean Tweeters' Did You Make The Cut?
CSGV (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence) Crying About ‘Mean Tweeters’ Did You Make The Cut?

New York – -( Like the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken a back seat to other anti-Second Amendment groups, primarily the Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action and March 4 Our Lives.

However, this is a group Second Amendment supporters need to understand since the group’s approach is a more basic version of what we see from anti-Second Amendment extremists today, particularly in the quasi-religious furor.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

This group has been around for 45 years – and it began as a project of the United Methodist Church called the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

The term coalition is not inaccurate; either – about four dozen organizations are involved with this anti-Second Amendment group, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the National Urban League.

When former Brady Campaign president Dan Gross discussed the “ideological hatred” of Second Amendment supporters at a pro-Second Amendment rally this past weekend, CSGV was one of the groups he was probably talking about. Why? One thing to note from the list, on an archived version of CSGV’s web site, is that a number of the member groups are religious in nature. While Gross was looking to save lives, and the Brady Campaign reached out to hunters and sportsmen to separate them from the NRA, CSGV views the destruction of our freedoms as a moral and ideological crusade.

The group changed from the National Coalition to Ban Handguns to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence after the 1989 Stockton mass shooting, when a person with a lengthy criminal record misused an AK-47-style modern, multi-purpose, semi-automatic, rifle to kill six people at an elementary school. In fact, it was CSGV that laid the groundwork to go after modern, multi-purpose, semiautomatic, firearms. Josh Sugarmann, better known for running the Violence Policy Center, was the staffer for CSGV who suggested going after those firearms in a 1988 report that was co-authored with the group’s non-profit, the Educational Fund to End Handgun Violence (later re-named the Educational Fund to End Gun Violence), mainly because the cause of banning handguns was falling flat.

The strategic move worked, and what became the Brady Campaign picked it up and ran with it. Second Amendment supporters should understand that it was CSGV that took that approach. During the 1990s and through the 2000s, CSGV played second fiddle to the Brady Campaign.

Starting in 2008, though, things changed. In June of that year, Washington D.C.’s handgun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in the Heller decision. Two years later, Chicago’s gun control was taken down in the McDonald case. Then in the wake of the horrific and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Second Amendment supporters beat back significant restrictions on our rights.

Since then, CSGV has taken an even harder stance, declaring the National Rifle Association, an insurrectionist group. Leaving aside the fact that the NRA has urged peaceful action in defense of our rights, such as writing lawmakers, volunteering or donating money to political candidates and causes, and other activities protected by the First Amendment, the smear by CSGV is worth noting. In essence, it is putting forth the pretenses used to justify the social stigmatization and blacklisting of Second Amendment supporters that we see today.

So, even as CSGV stays in the background of more prominent groups, it is still essential to understand. Second Amendment supporters should view the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence as a dangerous adversary, mainly because their increasing demonization of Second Amendment supporters is leading to abuses like Andrew Cuomo’s, as well as the push for corporate gun control. They also have been engaged in long-term planning, something Second Amendment supporters have struggled with.

The good news is that CSGV’s demonization of those who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights gives us the opening to get gun owners and hunters involved in the fight to protect our freedoms. That is what gives us a fighting chance against this anti-Second Amendment extremist organization.

Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics, and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post,, and other national websites.

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Marketing can be used to sell anything, and that includes gun control. People who are prone to believe this hype can easily be convinced to gladly give up their Constitutional rights and believe it’s their idea in the process. After 911, the question posed was “Are you willing to give up a few rights to be more secure? The overwhelming answer was yes, take em. Marketing can make anything wrong seem right and conversely anything wrong, right. Timing is also a factor of knowing when to push your agenda, especially when there’s a tragedy to take advantage of. They know… Read more »


Totalitarian government cannot exist where the people are armed.
Totalitarian government cannot be prevented where the people are disarmed.
–Donald L. Cline


It seems that both the Methodist and Presbyterian churches have their roots in Britain. Is it just a coincidence, as the Brits have always wanted to disarm us? And look at the Brits now – a country of pathetic, defenseless subjects overrun by external interests.


An UNARMED People are slaves. By the same token, cowardly and lazy Americans allowed the government to take our Rights and our gold. Americans did NOTHING as numerous gun control laws were passed. Yet, the American People, in our Republic, ARE THE BOSS AND HAVE THE RIGHT & DUTY TO CHANGE OR STOP THIS BY FORCE IF NECESSARY. But, you can’t even get apathetic conservatives to VOTE! In 2016, only 43% of conservatives voted. The other 57% were too busy or lazy to stand for freedom. So, do not expect any civil war to ever happen. Conservatives are just too… Read more »


“it began as a project of the United Methodist Church ” do you know what KARMA is… well it has struck the UMC in that many members that go to these churches CCW, even the pastors… first hand experience here for as the church aged it changed and the congregation flat out will leave (and there goes the donations) if told by the church leadership (many who carry as well) no guns allowed….. BTY the pastors in these churches are just the hired help just like the secretary and janitor. AKA they have absolutely no authority to tell you no… Read more »


The United Methodist Church, the Church of Baal, said “Turn in your guns”. “Your ticket to Heaven is your 1040”. IN 1988, the UMC held public gun burnings across America.
The UMC is NOT a church, but a government brainwashing device.


The UMC has its problems beyond gun control. For years the American Bishops have been pushing gay marriage. It was only a coalition of more conservative Americans and African Bishops that stopped it.


The UMC is certainly one of, if not the most left-leaning protestant congregations.


“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion [that violence has never settled anything] is wishful thinking at its worst. People that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.” – Robert Heinlein.


Dare I open this can of worms up? I must because I’m committed to exposing the truth. I am of the opinion that to get at a weed, you have to pull it up by its roots. Going after all these shill organizations is a mistake, because that’s exactly what they were intended for. I say we lay prosecution where it belongs: at the church’s doorstep. They are the ones now merging with the left in order to take away our right to keep and bear arms. What the church, as the power behind the throne, seems to have forgotten… Read more »


All these groups have a fatal flaw, they are campaigning for the right to feel safe against guns, BUT if something dangerous happens they want people WITH guns (police) to respond and protect them!


Mr. Hutchison. Well written and informative. I truly respect that you chose facts over hyperbole. Thank you for approaching the subject like an adult and not devolve into the obligatory name calling that has become so prevalent in our social media world. The choice to use “opposition” rather than “enemy” is refreshing and gives me hope that adults can work together to solve the gun violence issue without loosing either our 2nd Amendment rights nor the right of the non gun owners to “feel” secure. After all we are all Americans who just want to be safe and enjoy our… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax

DarthH8r, While I agree with your stand on civil discourse, I fear that it is wasted on the forces that oppose us. There is no “gun violence issue” for openers, there is a criminal violence issue that is being glossed over. It has shown to be increasingly impossible to work together with with people who will deliberately propose lying and concealment as a valid means to their end. It takes two sides operating honestly to achieve an agreement. When one side is unwilling to use logic, or truth, and insists on using any means necessary to subjugate the other, there… Read more »


“…..any agreement is capitulation and slow death.”

Otherwise known as death by a thousand cuts. Something the opposition has honed to a fine art.


Darth. As Benjamin Franklin stated some 240+ years ago…” Those who would give up basic liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”or, as George Orwell opined…” Imagine the future. A jackboot on your face forever!” That is the plan of our opposition!


A NOVEL thought, how about fighting back for your constitutional rights! Send them messages, lots of messages! Anybody read “Inconsequential Consequences.”

Dave in Fairfax

[email protected], I haven’t read that one, but I, and others, have read Unintended Consequences by John Ross.

Ansel Hazen

“Today in America, honest, successful, talented, productive, motivated people are once again being stripped
of their freedom and dignity and having their noses rubbed in it. The conflict has been building for over
half a century, and once again warning flags are frantically waving while the instigators rush headlong
towards the abyss, and their doom.
It is my hope that these people will stop and reverse their course before they reach the point where such
reversal is no longer possible.
John Ross
September 1995”

24 years ago now.

Wild Bill

in Fairfax, Worth what ever it costs just for the legal history of how we got here.

Dave in Fairfax

WB, Absolutely agree. The history lesson is worth the price of admission. Let’s hope it never comes to that.

I’m giving away stuff at an accelerated rate to clear out the house due to the elections here in VA.
I’ve already set up a friend in NC with enough hand tools to start a woodworking school. Enough for him, his two sons and 4 students. Everything needed to walk into a forest and end up with furniture after you built your shop and home from the tools you started with.

Wild Bill

in Fairfax, Texas is calling, brother. Maybe you will have to change your handle to Dave in Fredricksburg!

Dave in Fairfax

WB, From what Col West has been saying, we may both have to change our zip codes.

Phil in TX

@WB, where are you located now? I’m in Central Texas, not that far from Fredricksburg.

Wild Bill

, Who is the author?