Pastor Suing Chicago Communities Over Presence Of Gun Stores

Father Pfleger and St. Sabina Church will be suing several Chicago communities because many of the guns used in violent crimes were purchased from local gun stores.

The communities under attack are Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood, and the lawsuit claims that “nearly 20 percent of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago are purchased at guns shops in those three villages.”

Of course, the ensuing logic is that Pfleger is holding these gun stores accountable for the actions of the buyers after they have left the store, which is like blaming a car dealership for getting in an accident after you drive off their lot with a brand new car – it doesn’t hold much water.

But this isn’t the first time Father Pfleger has made public statements regarding guns. Last month, Pfleger blamed Chicago’s rising homicide rate not on gang activity, mental health issues, desperation, or even guns – he blamed it on the NRA, pledging that they “will pay for the murder of [Chicago] children” (see video below).

Shortly after that he made a call for his own version of a gun registry system that would make gun owners “title guns like cars.” He also took aim at high capacity magazines.

Father Pfleger is clearly convicted about decreasing gun violence, and has even gone so far as to file a lawsuit, but it seems unlikely that his ideas will dissuade criminals from acting on their impulses.

(The following was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Col BullSigh March 11, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Maybe if the padre has his church broken into and UPS stolen off his front porch like the Texas pastor did, and , God forbid, his church shot up like the one in Charleston where nobody was armed to defend themselves, then maybe he will see the error of his Libtard thinking and see the value of having a gun for the right reasons.

  • John August 5, 2016, 7:40 am

    QUOTE”which is like blaming a car dealership for getting in an accident after you drive off their lot with a brand new car”
    Actually it’s like blaming the dealership for another driver that runs into you…(IE ‘They should have known that the person was going to do a criminal act with the car’)
    He is missing the biggest problem with banning something…IT DOESN’T WORK.
    Doesn’t work with drugs, didn’t work with liquor, and it won’t work with guns/magazines…at least not for the criminals.
    So what will citizens do when they have another “Battle of Athens”, (when WWI vets rebelled against their corrupt government).
    Does no one remember the 1965 Watts Riots? Or the 1992 LA riots, or more recently the Hurricane Katrina looting & killing.
    How many times has our National Guard been called out to kill their own citizens?
    Maybe Pfleger doesn’t think he needs a weapon, but he doesn’t speak for me….maybe he thinks our Government could never turn on us…it could never happen in America….BUT IT ALREADY HAS!

  • Joe November 6, 2015, 6:45 am

    Stick to peddling your phony ideals and sucking the cash from your sheep. It seems everyone has to stick their nose where it don’t belong or they have no clue only a handful of false statistics and a “belief system” oh wait that is made up too. Just fade into obscurity where the church belongs

  • john July 23, 2015, 10:54 am

    I come from a neighborhood close enough to have first hand experiences related to the violence in chicago and it’s suburbs….

    And i owe my life to being a responsible gun owner. Having dealt with people of poor moral fiber attempting to break into my home in the middle of the night.

    These children of chicago who’s blood soaks it streets, are not children. They can barely be seen as human. They are scum, that use violence, intimidation, and crime to enhance their self image in the eyes of their so called peers.

    When we as a people finally accept that equality is a fairy tale, the sooner we can accept that the perpetrators of the violence in chicago are not blameless victims. They are human garbage, who’s only contribution to society is the fact that they make their neighborhoods, and the law abiding people who have to endure living in said neighborhoods, deal with the Constant truth that they are unsafe.

    It’s enough to make a normal person so sick, that death is a absolutely logical reprive in contrast to the way of life these so called victims choose to live. This man of the cloth should be seeking mandatory chemical castration for the poor souls, who exercised their God given free will, and still made the life choices they have in order to end the cycle of ignorance.

    This may seem extremely drastic. However, I lived in the ironically named “CHIIRAQ” For 29 years, and have witnessed the steady decline of that city, inspite of all the well meaning attempts from the left wing. And guns are not the problem. The inability to accept certain truths about the caliber of the perpetrators is the problem. To call grow men who inflict violence on other people for no reason to merit such violence, “children of chicago” is inherently flawed. Especially since the individuals whom are usually the must likely to act in such a way do purely on the fact that it expresses some sort of adult male dominance within the social hierarchy they choose to incorporate themselves into.

    These are not blameless children. They are criminals, who are violent and prey on those who are decent individuals. They only see in others what they can take.

    So yes, I will keep my means of self preseveration close, and i will not hesitate to use it. Because this is what life has been turning into in Chicago. And not out of necessity, or survival of the fittest. But because of the choices being made by those that WANT to terrorize their neighbors, and fellow man. And those whom are portrayed as hapless victims in the media to everyone around the country whom don’t know the reality of the situation, to push a political agenda.

    This has nothing to do with Christianity, otherwise Jesse Jackson wouldn’t have been at the right hand of the clergyman.

    • matt January 20, 2016, 11:43 am


  • Loupgarous July 21, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Time for the communities in question to retain an attorney who’ll insist on “British rules” trial terms, where Pflueger and his cronies have to pony up legal costs for both sides if they lose – which they will, because they have no case.

    One thing Pope Francis could do would be to send a message to Fr. Pflueger to tend his flock, see to their spiritual needs, and cleanse himself of wallowing in Chicago’s nasty politics. Perhaps Catholics in surrounding parishes could petition their Archbishop, or even the Vatican, for relief from (as King Henry said) “this turbulent priest.”

  • Loupgarous July 21, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Fr. Pfleger is another Obama associate from his good old days being built up in politics by SDS Weatherman bombthrowers Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn. And of course, with Mayor (and former Obama chief of staff) Rahm Emmanuel looking on benignly.
    Pfleger is an old hand at harassment lawsuits and other tactics to get around the blackletter law that says he can’t steal what he wants.

  • BigR July 17, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Pfleger is a complete IDIOT!

  • Jerry July 15, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but does that guy, Father Phleger remind anyone else of Adolph Hitler? If this guy could speak German, or Hitler able to speak English, they would sound exactly the same. And I believe it was Hitler in approx. 1937-39 that disarmed all of the Jewish population right before he started his genocide so they could not fight back. So they have a lot in common other than just sounding similar.

    • Loupgarous July 21, 2015, 4:27 pm

      Try “Mao.”

      Fr. Pfleger was a buddy of Obama’s when most of his buddies seemed to be members of the only authentic Maoist Communist Party splinter group in America.

  • russ July 15, 2015, 2:46 pm

    the Good Father should stick to playing—— Hide The Sausage

  • Andrew N. July 14, 2015, 7:32 pm

    Yeah, and I’m going to sue the auto makes on behalf of all drunk driving fatalities. The tech to prevent drunk driving is commercially available, so it should be installed in all makes and models to prevent unnecessary deaths.

  • Ken Jones July 14, 2015, 5:53 pm

    Too many car deaths? Let’s sue the dealer who sold the car.

  • Donald Conner July 14, 2015, 5:23 pm

    This bogus bastard is the sort of asshole that gives religion a bad name. As Jesse Jackson’s crony, he was always taking Jackson’s side, and helping him cement connections to the various thugs they recruited to intimidate “the enemy”. He hates everyone and everything, thinks the US Constitution should be totally re-vamped, and just generally makes a jerk of himself. The said thing is, the time he wastes on things he can do nothing about except get his name in the media as a “new frontiersman” at the leading edge of sociological change. Socialist and grasping, be glad few who ostensibly take the name of “Father” are like him. His mindset is that of a demi-god, omniscient and would-be all powerful. Worse, the people of Chicago have to put up with his bullshit because of the 1st Amendment, part of the document he would change so radically it would no longer be recognizable as the US COnstitution.

  • Tommy D July 14, 2015, 11:39 am

    I hate cliches but some people just don’t get it. “If it’s a crime to own a gun then only criminals will have them”. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. “The Nazis had gun control too”. Are you sick yet ? Sorry about that. People like this need to find a different cause to champion. I never used to be one with many rifles and shotguns but I must admit with all the rhetoric gong around I have picked up a few more. There was a time I never would have given these types of articles much thought, now I actually pause and consider what they’re crying about and who may be on their side. If they onlyy knew what they were trying to set us up for…… Ahhhhhhhhhhh boy oh boy. Lord lease help us, PLEASE.

  • Lee G. Smith July 14, 2015, 9:48 am

    “nearly 20% of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago are purchased at gun shops in those three villages.”
    Change “guns recovered” to “criminals captured”, change “are purchased at gun shops” to “attend churches”.
    Would this then mean we should ban churches? Stick with religion Father, we have more than enough politicians.

  • M.R. July 14, 2015, 8:53 am

    What happened to the “Separation of Church and State” doctrine. Self appointed people like this need to be examined for mental competency. Its OK to have thousands of Bars and Liqueur stores but now we want to count “Gun Stores”? Oh Please. We have the right to bear arms according to the Constitution. What part doesn’t he understand?

  • Larry Koehn July 13, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Rev. Phleger is a world renown left wing loon who should have been defrocked by the church long ago. He would make a great replacement for Obozo’s old minister Jeremiah Wright. If the courts dispensed justice he would have to pay all the costs incurred for a frivolous lawsuit.

  • Max Hoyle July 13, 2015, 5:26 pm

    How many of the children that this pastor is so worried about has he nailed? I wouldn’t leave him alone with my dog! How in the world did he get jesse jackson to shut his mouth this long?

  • shootbrownelk July 13, 2015, 3:46 pm

    This guy should stick to what he knows, probably molesting altar boys. he should go forth and convert all the dope dealers into God fearing Christians….yeah, that’d work!

  • NO St. Louis July 13, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Sorry St, Michael you have to lay down your sword because the good father Pleger doesn’t like weapons. I guess he expects the violent to succumb to catholic guilt or harsh taunting. Or perhaps he’ a little worried his flock of rampant pee-pee touching pedophiles will get dealt with by gun instead of being able to send an apology chech fro the archdiocese.

  • Fred July 13, 2015, 12:07 pm

    So I guess Father Pfleger and St. Sabina Church could be libel for all future losses from acts of GOD?

  • Vom Brunhaus July 13, 2015, 11:57 am

    Why this priest makes no mention of Chicago blacks killing all and each other is beyond me. He fails to see the writing on the wall, or smell the water. As a Catholic I would not attend any Church hes involved with, feel hes full of Fear and Brain dis-abled.

  • James July 13, 2015, 11:46 am

    IMO, the rev is trying to drum up some more Sunday offerings by influencing the knee-jerk reactants who don’t address the real problems in their communities.
    They would rather blame a tool (one of many) that these sorry individuals use to commit crimes.
    I noticed Jesse Jackson near the rev, this tells me volumes about what is going on. Why don’t these people tell the truth, like “Stay in school, stay away from drugs and quit having loads of babies out of wedlock, children are not ‘plants’, they need much more than to merely feed and water them for them to become strong healthy adults.
    This is not the way a Christian reverend should act. He is running a business himself, not a church, distorting the facts and misleading his ‘flock’. He gives religion a bad name. IMO.

  • Richard July 13, 2015, 10:23 am

    “When the radical priest came to get my release, we was all on the cover of Newsweek. Well, I’m on my way…”
    Paul Simon. “Me and Julio down by the schoolyard.” But as far as removing tax exempt status, no, I think not. After all, remember the good Reverend Wright? No one threatened to un-exempt him, and what he said and did was waaaay worse.

  • Jimbo Jones July 13, 2015, 9:35 am

    Using that logic, he should be sued after someone leaves church services and commits a sin! Then sue the dentist because you don’t brush your teeth. I guess it’s less work to take responsibility than to blame someone else for your actions.

  • jimbo July 13, 2015, 8:46 am

    This ‘pastor’ evidently is not too bright (I’d be hesitant to hear anything he had to say from the pulpit). Evidently all the cars used in these drive bys were purchased someplace as well; will he shut down the car dealerships? How about churches that teach/preach false doctrine? Most of those might be in his neighborhood…shall we shut them down?

    There were good reasons our founders wrote the US Constitution. Our so called ‘leaders’ would do well to get back to it.

  • Bob Peck July 13, 2015, 7:35 am

    What a raving lunatic on display here. Somebody run a background check on this loon and let’s see what comes up.

  • Michael July 13, 2015, 5:36 am

    The Roman Catholic Church forced Father Robert Drinan, a Congressman from Massachusetts, to choose between being a politician or priest. He chose to get out of politics. If the church is not hypocritical, they should reign in this priest’s ego and self-aggrandizement by having to choose whether to be involved in politics to the point of activism and frivolous lawsuits, or return to the priesthood.

  • DRAINO July 10, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Well, if he wants to use his position/pulpit for political purposes, then it sounds like a good reason for the IRS to take away his tax free status. That\’s what they want to do with conservative clergy who speak out. Equal rights, Baby!! DOH!!!

  • Edward F July 9, 2015, 6:28 pm

    Father, stick to something you know. Maybe religion?

    • Ed H July 13, 2015, 10:40 am

      Sticking to something he knows? In his case, that leaves out religion.

      He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.”
      — Luke 22:36

    • hey July 13, 2015, 12:45 pm

      Hey Edward he obviously doesn’t know anything about religion because he is playing politics with God’s money.

  • Aaron July 9, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Have fun paying the lawyers of the stores you’re suing, father.

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