KKLA radio host Frank Sontag told his Los Angeles audience on March 8 that gun control laws would not reduce gun violence (as they have in other countries), and defended President Donald Trump.
Sontag began the segment by hanging up on a teacher who called in to say he did not want to carry guns in school, as Trump and other pro-gun advocates have called for.
Sontag lamented that the “Left” brought up gun control following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Sontag said this was “not the conversation” that he wanted to have.
After insisting he did not want to talk about gun control, but rather something “deeper,” Sontag complained about an email which he received that criticized evangelicals for supporting “ungodly” Trump (81% voted for Trump in 2016) and criticized calls for teachers to be armed.
Sontag insisted that gun control “was not the dialogue that is going to answer the problem,” despite the success of gun control laws in other countries, noted The Guardian in 2016.
Instead, Sontag demanded Americans “repent” of their ways or face a “collective consequence.”
He also agreed with a previous caller who falsely claimed that prayer had been taken out of the public schools and caused the mass shooting.
As a matter of record, that claim is false. Students are allowed to pray in schools, but school employees may not lead kids in state-sponsored prayers and religion.
Sontag insisted that a “moral code” needed to be placed in public schools. He claimed that students were being “poisoned” with behavior in the name of “rights, equality, freedom and sin; the right to sin.”
Sontag complained: “This is a spiritual problem, it’s not a gun problem.”
Sontag admitted there is a relevant debate about the “whole gun thing.”
He then got angry about the email that noted evangelicals support Trump, which is factually true. Sontag also complained that the media was (accurately) reporting that evangelicals have given “ungodly” Trump a “free pass.”
Sontag defended Trump by claiming that Trump’s critics his didn’t know what Trump was really like because they were not in the White House with Trump, and were not part of Trump’s staff and did not personally know Trump’s Cabinet members.
Right Wing Watch reported in February that Sontag voices the audio versions of Capitol Ministries’ Bible studies for members of Trump’s Cabinet and Congress.
Ralph Drollinger, who created Capitol Ministries, has called Catholicism “one of the primary false religions in the world,” called liberal Christians “simpletons,” and said the social gospel (Martin Luther King Jr’s message) is a “perversion” or “corruption” of biblical teaching, and “not Christianity whatsoever,” reported Right Wing Watch.
Back on his Christian radio show, Sontag claimed Trump’s critics were going back “15 years” to when Trump led an immoral and sinful life.
Sontag claimed Trump’s critics were unfairly demanding perfection from Trump.
Sontag insisted that he was not defending Trump but rather reading the Bible that instructed him to “respect and honor” Trump.
After defending Trump’s actions, Sontag complained about the “moral decline” of people who turned their backs on God and were “breeding” violent offenders.
Sontag said he wanted to talk about violent video games and fathers who have checked out.
Sontag insisted that banning “all military, semi-auto weapons” would not stop mass shootings (with those types of weapons).
Sontag complained that “The Left” wanted to “take away more guns” in a nation with 300 million guns on the streets.
Sontag did not mention the success of gun laws that were put into place in Australia after that country’s last mass shooting ion 1996, which was reported Fortune in February.
Sontag went on to suggest that gun control advocates were pacifists who did not believe in self-defense, even to save lives of family members.
Sontag claimed that “guns are a very small part of the problem,” despite over 30,000 Americans who dying yearly from firearms, according to the Centers for Disease Control, noted TIME in 2017.
Sontag demanded that people begin the public dialogue about guns by first saying that Jesus is the “one answer” and tell others why Jesus is “the only way.”
Sontag also said “men need to be dangerous because Jesus was dangerous.”
Sontag suggested Trump may be a “new Christian” and complained that news outlets such as CNN “pull out stuff from 10, 15 years ago” about Trump, edit his comments and take him out of context.
Sontag failed to give an specific examples to back up his claim. Sontag also failed to mention the current reports about Trump.
Despite his many defenses of Trump, Sontag insisted that he was not a “white evangelical” apologist for the Trump administration.