The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, from Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, held a mass ceremony to marry the couples and encouraged them to be armed during ceremonies. It is a sign of protest against gun control laws which are massively demanded by public after Parkland shooting. The Church – which has a homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic ideology according the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a hate monitoring body – believes that Old Testament is pro-guns. Attendees at the ceremony wore crowns made of bullets and venerated the AR-15s that they had bought with them for their wedding ceremony. An AR-15 was used in the Parkland school shooting that took 17 lives. The group is an offshoot of the controversial Unification Church established by the late self-styled messiah, Rev Sun Myung Moon. Followers of the Unification Church, known as ‘moonies’, often took part in mass weddings, with critics alleging that attendees were made to marry complete strangers.