Pastor to gun-supporting adults: Shut up and listen to Parkland demagogues

Referring to anti-gun Parkland demagogues like Emma Gonzales as “superheroes,” Pastor John Pavlovitz, author of “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community,” says adults who support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms should shut up and listen to the children now marching against our fundamental rights.

Pavlovitz wrote (Edited for graphic language):

Teenagers have a really low tolerance for b******t, which is why they are speaking with such clarity and conviction right now.

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It’s why they mince no words and reject every bit of verbal gymnastics about the 2nd Amendment, and about liberty, and about guns not killing people.

It’s why they unapologetically raise a strident middle finger to the sinful sham of “thoughts and prayers,” because they know that the friends and teachers they lost deserve a heck of a lot more than that.

This isn’t the time to tell us why you love your guns, or to share anecdotal stories about people stopping crimes with AR-15s, or to offer condescension to these teenagers, as if you understand something they don’t.

This is the time to shut your mouth and yield the floor to them.

This is the time to have some reverence, because you are the in presence of heroic young people.

He followed that up with this tweet:

Apparently, Pavlovich thinks that educating and countering the insanity being presented by Gonzalez, David Hogg and others is verbal assault.

Twitchy noted:

So just shut up, OK? Oprah and George Clooney and Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg each put up $500,000 so these kids could have a microphone and countless TV cameras in Washington, D.C. with a little organizational boost from Everytown, so just shut up and listen.

His tweet didn’t sit too well with many:

That’s called “dialogue,” but the anti-gun left has decided that only one side is allowed to speak.

Anotehr person suggested Pavlovich “shut up” and listen to Kyle Kashuv, a pro-Second Amendment Parkland survivor largely ignored by the liberal media.


Twitchy added:

Has Pavlovitz seen how quickly Kyle Kashuv has moved among legislators and the president in his bid for school safety reforms? He’s a superhero too, right? Tell Kurt Eichenwald to lay off if you feel compelled to tell someone to shut up and stop trolling.



The problem, as I noted here and here, is that we have listened to these kids.  We’ve listened to them smear millions of law-abiding Americans while falsely claiming Florida lawmakers are “child murderers.”  We’ve heard the constant stream of uninformed, over-the-top rhetoric from youngsters whose passion far exceeds their knowledge of the issue.  And many of us simply aren’t impressed.

One person noted:

Another added:


We agree.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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