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MATAMORAS -- Hundreds of people are expected at Wednesday's gun blessing ceremony featuring assault rifles at Sanctuary Church in Wayne County but before that church leaders are planning a President Trump Thank You Benefit Dinner in Pike County.

"I'm eager to see how this whole thing is going to pan out for this area. This is a pretty low key, semi-rural area. People keep to their own business," said Carl Braunagel of Goodfella's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.

Church leaders planned both the ceremony and the dinner before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida nearly a week and a half ago.

"It's going to draw a lot of attention from people from this area. Especially because this is an area known for Trump supporters and gun control is a big issue," said Anton Mackey, Delaware Valley High School.

Because of the national attention, both events are drawing local businesses in that part of Pike County are preparing for a busy weekend ahead of the dinner.

Newswatch 16 found a bus trip from New York of nearly 150 Koreans checking in to the Best Western.

"We make a lot of pizza. We have a great Italian restaurant. We're getting our staff in line, preparing a lot of the foods that are coming in. It should be a very interesting event," said Braunagel.

The President Trump Thank You Dinner will be held at the Best Western Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Although no rifles are expected, one will be raffled off.

Guests are, however, encouraged to bring rifles to Wednesday's ceremony at Sanctuary Church.

"I don't really have a good comfort level with that," said Braunagel.

Not because of guns but because of the amount of people that are expected to attend.

"I myself do carry a weapon. I think it's our constitutional right, but I do think we also need to be intelligent about how we distribute firearms."


  • Mr. Pibbles

    I wish I could attend this gathering on Wednesday. Perhaps someday I could attend one soon. I wish these folks nothing but goodluck on their future endeavors! P.S. NEWS MEDIA- Better luck with your agenda next time!

  • Richie Ardisson

    God bless these people and the NRA….Most Americans see trough the media and far left agenda…Shame on the media using these kids in Florida as puppets to further their Socialist ideals.

  • Feed Me More

    i thought these people worshipped gods, but instead worship things, blessing death bringing tools, its really insane how many people have mental illness. guns are used to hunt food and kill people that have different points of views than us, they shouldnt be put up on some pedestal. next we are going to have a nuclear bomb blessing ceremony. how about napalm or anthrax. the thought process in this country really needs to change

    • Rusty Knyffe

      This is the danger of reacting instead of thinking. Nuclear bomb. Napalm. Anthrax. What ails you? Don’t stop there.
      How about high fructose corn syrup or GMO’s being our source of nutrion? Maybe, we shouldn’t have our homes, vehicles, pets, or livestock blessed, either. Maybe, we shouldn’t have our infants Christened or blessed. Maybe, we should just let you (and, your ilk) write new and improved rules for us to follow and toss the Constitution onto the pyre. What’s YOUR answer to protection against tyranny and criminals? Harsh language? Sporks?

      You’re a dangerous sort, and your way of thinking is equally dangerous. You’re the textbook example of someone that should never, ever own a firearm because you react instead of respond. Instead of understanding the entire picture and how one thing relates to the other, you take each separate piece and make it into a personal affront to be abolished.

    • christined62

      If you knew anything about this church you would know they are the followers of Rev. Moon. They are also the owners of Kahr firearms and they refer to firearms as “The rod of God”. Stop being so ignorant with your blatant hatred for firearms.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    It is irresponsible and reckless to continue posting this event. What this organization is planning may be “sensational” and untimely in the wake of the Florida school massacre, the organization can put an event together whether people approve of it, or not. If that nassssty lounge, Ali Babba, could feature an admitted child sex offender without facing any consequences, surely this event has a more important message: the 2nd Amendment doesn’t support the murder of innocent lives. It is a matter of protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government and to protect our property and lives.

    The shooting in Florida was committed by a fellow that was known to have been a problem throughout his lifetime and the FBI failed, miserably, along with the local Law Enforcement. Failed. Miserably. So, it is 100% reckless for WNEP and all media to use this tragic event as a political platform to disarm law-abiding citizens.

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