Following the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, many LGBTQ groups vowed to work towards more sensible gun control policy in America. A smaller percentage of queer people seem to have a different idea about how to handle hate crimes and have decided to arm themselves instead. Meet the members of Pink Pistols:
"We teach queers to shoot," reads the group's website. "Then we teach others that we have done so. Armed queers don’t get bashed. We change the public perception of the sexual minorities, such that those who have in the past perceived them as safe targets for violence and hateful acts — beatings, assaults, rapes, murders — will realize that that now, a segment of the sexual minority population is now armed and effective with those arms. Those arms are also concealed, so they do not know which ones are safe to attack, and which are not…which they can harm as they have in the past, and which may draw a weapon and fight back."
Of course the argument that learning to fire a gun protects people from gun violence is easily refuted by actual statistics which link gun ownership to gun violence. Similarly, the idea that LGBTQ people should be "fighting back" against hate crimes is a new tenet of specific factions of the alt-right and other neo-Nazi groups. Here's notorious gay troll Milo Yiannopoulos making Pink Pistols' argument:
Anyway, with Republicans taking power, it doesn't look like we're going to be taking a closer look at curtailing the Second Amendment any time soon.
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