(SEATTLEPI) — From this Washington to Washington, D.C., church leaders shocked by Newtown are getting ready to go up against the National Rifle Association in an effort to limit or ban high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and to require background checks on all gun purchases.

The killing of 12 people inside an Aurora, Colo., movie theater did not get priests, ministers and rabbis hot under their clerical colors. Nor did the killing of six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

“But a hail of bullets inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six adults — was able to mobilize religious activists on gun control after years of failing to gain traction,” the Religion News Service reported on Saturday.

Clergy leaders are now asking: “Would Jesus pack heat?” Gun advocates can pose a question right back: “Do pastors pack any clout?”

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