Does anti-gun Chicago priest have armed security?

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Anti-gun Catholic Priest Michael Pfleger of Chicago is in the spotlight over allegations that he might have armed security. (Screen capture, YouTube, Steve Harvey show)

Does outspoken Chicago priest Michael Pfleger, senior pastor at the St. Sabina Catholic Church and an ardent anti-gunner, have armed security?

A lot of people want to know the answer, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has called on the Chicago Archdiocese to “conduct a full, impartial and public investigation.” More than a week ago, police arrested a man outside of Pfleger’s church. The man had a firearm but he did not have the required Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card to go with it. This fellow’s card expired last year, according to Chicago City Wire:

“An armed security guard associated with staunch anti-gun and nationally known social activist, Father Michael Pfleger, was arrested on May 27 outside St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church on the South Side where Pfleger is a senior pastor. 

“The Chicago Police (CPD) charged Henry Eugene Hale, 35, with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. He was released on $150 bond.”

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“A church spokesperson has said the man is not a ‘bodyguard,’” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Well, we want to know exactly what he was doing outside that church, with a firearm, since he’s been described as Pfleger’s security and has apparently been with Pfleger at several community events.

“If Pfleger has an armed bodyguard while he travels around pushing to disarm everyone else,” Gottlieb, “then he is a hypocrite.”

Hypocrisy runs deep among liberal anti-gunners. Billionaires who are currently bankrolling a gun control initiative in Washington State, for example, apparently have armed security. Michael Bloomberg has a security team.

Pfleger has been involved in the gun control movement for a long time. He once got into hot water for suggesting to a 2007 gun control rally audience that “we’re going to snuff out” a local firearms retailer, which seemed over the line of acceptable rhetoric to a lot of Second Amendment activists, as well as Cardinal Francis George. Pfleger was rebuked by the cardinal for his remarks.

“It’s time for the Archdiocese to investigate,” Gottlieb said. “Pfleger has become an embarrassment to the church, and something of a false prophet for gun control extremism.

“If Pfleger wants to be a political activist,” he added, “he should turn in his collar and vestments, and get out of the pulpit and stand on a soapbox. If it’s true that he has armed security, then he needs to practice what he preaches.”

But Gottlieb didn’t stop there.

“It is bad enough for a priest to publicly demonstrate against the exercise of a God-given right to self-protection,” he said, “but when he apparently does so under the full protection of armed guards, that’s deserving of an investigation.”

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