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CSGV Crying About ‘Mean Tweeters’ Did You Make The Cut?

New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- 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 its approach is a more basic version of what we see from anti-Second Amendment extremists today, particularly in the quasi-religious furor.

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 organization 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 is one of the groups he was probably talking about. Why? One thing to note from the list from an archived version of CSGV’s web site is a number of those member groups are religious in nature.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 a 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 to the Educational Fund to End Gun Violence), largely because the cause of banning handguns was falling flat.

The strategic move worked, and while what became the Brady Campaign also picked it up and ran with it, Second Amendment supporters should understand that it was CSGV that took that approach. Over the 1990s and through the 2000s, CSGV ended up playing 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 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 major restrictions on our rights.

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

So, even as CSGV stays in the background of more prominent groups, it is still important to understand. Second Amendment supporters should view the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence as a dangerous adversary, largely 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 at.

The good news is that CSGV’s demonization of those who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights give 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, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.



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