Bloomberg’s Everytown Recruits Anti-Gun Church Leaders in Voter Turnout

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety just got religion…sort of. The Associated Press has reported the gun prohibition lobbying group “has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout this fall in support of candidates who support measures to prevent gun violence.”

This political move could be overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s continued inaction on at least ten Second Amendment cases now pending. Monday’s Court orders did not list any of those cases as either being accepted for review or denied, so the proverbial “can” has been once more kicked down the road. The next High Court conference on cases for the fall term is this Thursday, May 21. Orders from that conference will be released next Tuesday, May 26, according to Scotus.blog.

According to the Associated Press report, “The group’s partners include representatives from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds, several of them well-known progressive activists.” There is also an interesting cast of characters reportedly involved in this move, including “evangelical Shane Claiborne, president of the group Red Letter Christians,” the report said, “and Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ executive minister and a central member of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

The AP also identified the Rev. Rob Schenck, “a former evangelical anti-abortion activist who has since shifted to support the Roe v. Wade decision and sought to redefine a ‘pro-life’ agenda as one that supports gun control.”

The “Everytown interfaith project” will reportedly focus on “educating rank-and-file faith voters” about candidates’ stances on “gun matters.” It’s not clear what that means, but it likely will not mean open discussions of incidents in which armed church members prevented mass shooting tragedies.

Last December, several armed parishioners drew their sidearms after a gunman opened fire at the West Freeway Church of Christ near Fort Worth, Texas. The killer was stopped within a few seconds by the leader of a church security team. Jack Wilson stopped Keith Thomas Kinnunen with a single shot, on live video. As they have in the wake of other such successful uses of force by armed private citizens, gun prohibition lobbying groups were uniformly silent, same as they were after Jeanne Assam shot killer Matthew John Murray in the foyer of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2007. Murray took his own life after being seriously wounded.

Although he killed 26 people and wounded 20 more when he opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November 2017, the rampage of murderer Devin Patrick Kelley was brought to an end when church neighbor Stephen Willeford shot him with an AR-15 rifle. The gunman fled but a short distance away after driving off the highway, he killed himself.
By no small surprise, the AP story noted, “Several members of Everytown’s interfaith initiative are known as religious critics of (President Donald) Trump’s record.”

The disclosure of Everytown’s alliance with progressive church leaders underscores the importance of this fall’s elections. The Bloomberg-backed lobbying group has already announced it will be spending some $60 million via its Victory Fund to change Congress and state legislatures to gun control majorities. This would bring a halt to President Trump’s effort to balance the federal courts with pro-Second Amendment jurists.

If the High Court eventually does take one or more of the pending Second Amendment cases now waiting for action, it could mean the court is preparing to hand down a ruling that further defines the right to keep and bear arms. Five of those cases involved the Second Amendment Foundation. Earlier this month, the Court instructed the City of San Jose, Calif., to respond to a writ of certiorari from the Second Amendment Foundation in the case of Lori Rodriguez, et al. v. City of San Jose, which involves the city’s confiscation of legally-owned firearms and the city’s refusal to return them. That response is due on or before May 20—this Wednesday—which could be a signal the Court may be taking action on that, and maybe other, Second Amendment cases during this Thursday’s conference.

Meanwhile, Second Amendment attorneys and activists wait patiently for the justices to act, while looking over the horizon at the uncertain outcome of the November 2020 elections that will either take back the House, protect the Senate majority and keep Trump in the White House another four years, or flip everything to Democrat control. That would make what happened earlier this year in Virginia something of a trial run for the nation, and gun owners are all-too-aware of how that turned out.



About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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PMinFl
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PMinFl

Should be called everytown for gun CONFISCATION.

GAMtns
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Most of the mainline denominational power structures fell to progressive Marxism years ago. Alinsky verifies this in his “12 Rules for Radicals” when one goal is to infiltrate the churches. Joe Fletcher wrote a book used in seminaries in the 70’s, “Situation Ethics,” which replaced moral theology. Fletcher died an atheist. This is where moral relativism began to infiltrate along with pragmatism at the turn of the 20th Century. John Dewey, William James, Emerson, Thoreau and others began to place personal experience as a deity which turns into moral relativism. The churches stick to the “safety” and “gun violence” themes… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Luke 22:36 says; If a man has no sword (the assault weapon of that day), he should sell his cloak (his outer garments) and buy one. The LORD HIMSELF spoke those words. There is no higher authority. It’s better to walk around half clothed and armed than completely clothed and un armed.

Arm up, carry on.

RoyD
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RoyD

And there is this: Nehemiah 4:17 “Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.” Another version: “And from that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers stationed themselves behind all the people of Judah 17who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried materials worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. 18And each of the builders worked with his sword strapped at his side.… Read more »

USA
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Romans 13:4
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Yes, we are supposed to obey those who are placed to govern us —– until they go against Scripture.

Arm up, carry on.

Arizona Don
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In 1919 a certain group of people here in the United States of America thought all they had to do to make people quit drinking alcohol in this country was pass a law (in this case a constitutional amendment) outlawing it. They were wrong. It did not work! You see the people must accept a law before it will ever be complied with without the use of force. Now it seems these so called democrats (so called because they are no longer real liberal democrats they are now socialist democrats or more accurately communists) for some reason think all they… Read more »

Wild Bill
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@AD, True, but a little long winded.

JPM
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Just because you are a “Church Leader” doesn’t mean you’re a good Christian, or even a good man (or woman). Too many times these people are nothing more than scam artists and only in it for the money.

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JPM) Churching pays well and is a point of control but you won’t win any points pointing these realities out. I’m guessing that is why RoyD is moot on this subject. I fail to see how religion is not politicized when the Pope just announced his support for China and China is buying up large swaths of the USA. Wal-Mart is now changing the sign to read China-Depot due to sold to China for 532 Billion so apparently religion is quite political if the Catholic Church is waging war on America. Colorado is transitioning into China territory right before the… Read more »

RoyD
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USA: I am puzzled as to your reference to me in your post. However, at least you are thinking of me so that is a positive for you. Trust me, when I think I have something to add which will benefit the readers I will make a contribution to the conversation.

Cruiser
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We have to put an end to foreign countries buying up our land. Tell them, America
is not for sale. “This land is our land.”

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Cruiser, And it will be our land, again, soon! The Federal government can always nationalize or individual plaintiffs cansue.
For instance: China owns hundreds of billions of dollars in US real-estate. China owes us, as a nation and as individual plaintiffs, hundreds of billions of dollars for Chinese Corona virus damages. No jury would find for China. Successful plaintiffs execute against Chinese owned real-estate. Good to go!
There is just that immunity thing in the way, so vote Republican.

hoss
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The scripture is very plain on women pastors, it isn’t biblical. It has instances of them preaching, but it says that the pastor, or “Shepard” is to be the “husband” of one wife.

USA
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hoss) Clergy could be spooks too although I have been told the spooks are saints I am in doubt and by what I have been seeing a woman pretending to be a husband of a wife who is a man with daughters that have penis’s could make it difficult to tell if the preacher is of any particular sex.

https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/hearings/ciasuseofjournal00unit.pdf

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RoyD
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I would dive in; but, you know.

MICHAEL J
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Everything is for sale, if the price is right. Even their souls it appears.

gcm
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I think the saying goes, what’s mine, is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable.

Boomer
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Boomer

Just goes to show, even men of God will sell their soul to the devil if the price is right…

gcm
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Not true men of God, I mean God fearing believers. I don’t think that pope is a true believer, and he sure has his own opinion of things. I think when he became pope, he was just next in line, as a couple before him passed, and they had to get somebody, but it just seems like his heart is not in it.

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The AP also identified the Rev. Rob Schenck, “a former evangelical anti-abortion activist who has since shifted to support the Roe v. Wade decision and sought to redefine a ‘pro-life’ agenda as one that supports gun control.”

Sounds like he lost his faith.
Now he is for killing babies and saving criminals.

Wild Bill
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@R, He realized that he could not serve God and mammon, at the same time. So he went with mammon.

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

“Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ executive minister…” a woman “pastor? No, the Bible does not permit this. She is a fraud.

nrringlee
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Good scoop as usual, Dave. Keep one thing in mind. When the Progressive New Left uses these terms, ‘organizer,’ ‘ advocate,’ or ‘activist,’ you need to substitute them with the word “grifter” in order to really understand the proper context of their involvement. You see, billionaires like Bloomberg, Soros, Steyer and Gates buy influence by buying grifters who will push their cause for a paycheck. On our side, our folks for the most part are not paid professionals but are dedicated volunteers. My particular tribe, the Arizona Citizens Defense league is a great example. Over 17,000 members, no one gets… Read more »

USA
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USA

We know who he is.

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nrringlee
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This has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with ideology. Some of the strongest leaders on our side, the pro liberty side happen to be of the Jewish faith. Go figure. Identity politics of any brand is a fraud. All persons are divinely created with divine intent and divine inspiration. What we do with that after our creation is up to us. As free thinking individuals we overcome place and condition of birth as our birthright and navigate this life as free thinking individuals. So, if you are so dedicated to the idea of identity politics… Read more »

USA
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Oh but the Zionists are being saved for last as sure as the sun will set this evening just you watch because the issue is not exclusive to just within our borders.Just like the Obama admin. are Iranian assets some who served in the Iranian military all things are relevant, the attack is coming from multiple front at the same time. You gonna protect Iran now? How about the Pope coming out this week saying he supports China, should we not make note of this, does this statement make me anti-Catholic? Does the fact that I just spent days researching… Read more »

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