Everytown for Gun Safety, an anti-Second Amendment group, is cooperating with numerous religious leaders to crank up voter turnout for candidates who support gun control laws.
Everytown is planning to spend $60 million on this year’s elections and is rolling out its outreach efforts with Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh groups to push for gun control after a number of shootings have taken place in certain places of worship.
Some of the prominent figures involved in this partnership are Evangelical Shane Claiborne, president of the group Red Letter Christians, and Reverend Traci Blackmon, an executive minister of United Church of Christ and a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Reverend Rob Schenck, who formerly was an evangelical anti-abortion activist, is not only in favor of abortion now, but he is also partnering with anti-Second Amendment groups and is framing the issue of civilian disarament in “pro-life” terms.
Schenck described gun violence as a “life or death issue, which makes it a supreme moral consideration.”
“Churches, especially white evangelical churches, have largely ignored this question — I think, much to their own detriment and to the detriment of the people they’re called to serve,” said Schenck, president of the nonprofit Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute.
In addition to clergy outreach, Schenck said that the Everytown interfaith project would attempt to educate religious voters about candidates’ stances on gun control.
“You never want to pray for something you’re unwilling to be the answer to,” he continued. “So if we pray for a reduction in gun violence, we have to be ready to act on that prayer.”
Everytown was co-founded by former New York Mayor and anti-gun oligarch Michael Bloomberg. It boasts 6 million supporters and has already endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, the favorite for the Democrat nomination.
“The faith community has seen firsthand the devastating effects of gun violence in places of worship and feels more than ever that they have an urgent moral responsibility to stop the scourge of gun violence in America — and they’re doing so by mobilizing their networks around candidates who support broadly popular gun safety measures in 2020,“ Angela Ferrell-Zabala, chief equity, outreach and partnerships officer at Everytown, declared in a statement.
When asked about the viability of the gun control movement’s efforts in trying to make inroads into the religious community, Michael Hammond, legislative counsel at the Gun Owners of America, believes that gun control advocates will have a tough time with religious voters. He alluded to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 comment that some disgruntled working-class voters “cling to guns or religion” to show that there are still significant voters blocs that are still religious and pro-gun.
Hammond believes that there is “a social milieu, a series of values that surround the sorts of people who value the Second Amendment. Those values normally include a deep faith, a love of country — generally a conservative social issue outlook.”
When asked about the receptiveness of gun control with religious voters after attacks on places of worship, Hammond mentioned the instance of an armed church attendee acting decisively to end a shooting at a Texas church service. Congregations that “voluntarily disarm themselves have ended up suffering a catastrophe,” Hammond declared.
Partner organizations in Everytown’s campaign are focusing their efforts in battleground states such as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Mexican Government Reported that Nearly 80,000 People are Still Missing
Mexico Spirals Out of Control While Joe Biden Promises Mass Amnesty
According to a report released by the Mexican government on November 25, 2020, over 79,500 people are still missing in Mexico.
This comes in the backdrop of Mexico’s infamous military offensive against drug cartels in 2006. Since the erstwhile president Felipe’s military offensive against drug cartels, the number of missing people in Mexico has skyrocketed.
Before 2006, there were 1,500 disappearances in Mexico, per statistics that Deputy Human Rights Minister Alejandro Encina put forward. Since July, there have been roughly 6,300 new cases reported.
Encina observed, however, that the number of disappearances have dropped since 2019.
Mexico is notorious for its alarming levels of violence, which is largely perpetuated by organized crime. In 2019, 34,582 people were murdered. So far in 2020, 26,431 people have been murdered from January to September.
Encinas claimed that Mexican authorities have discovered 1,399 mass graves in Mexico over the past two years. Of the 2,290 bodies discovered in the graves, 879 have been identified.
Mexico is not in good shape and that’s putting it lightly. America at least recognized this with Donald Trump in office. Trump was elected on an America First platform which stressed tough policies on the border and was not willing tolerate mass immigration like his predecessors.
Sadly, the apparent president-Joe Biden is more concerned with trying to pass mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and freezing deportations for 100 days.
Securing our Southern border is a recognition of the cold, hard truth that Mexico is falling apart, and it’s institutional and social rot could potentially make its way up north. Much to America’s chagrin, the next occupant of the White House will likely not recognize that. Should fraud allegations fail to invalidate the current results of the 2020 elections, America First patriots must act accordingly and make immigration a massive issue during the 2022 midterms, both in the primaries and general election.
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