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Gun Sales SURGE Among Gays and Lesbians In Wake of Orlando Shooting

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There are many small,  local gun unions scattered across the country that you can join instead of joining the NRA. The Pink Pistols is one of the lesser known guilds, and they market themselves as a national gun club for gays and lesbians.

Unsurprisingly, in the two days following the Orlando terror attack, the group’s membership skyrocketed from just 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 by Monday morning.

As chapters of The Pink Pistols begin to establish themselves across the country, the groups meet regularly to practice shooting and educate members on gun use.

All power to the LGBTQ community for taking action into their own hands, but what does this gun sale spike say about the larger trend of gun culture in the United States going forward? Keep Reading to find out.

227 years later, the 2nd Amendment isn’t doing us any favors.

people holding signs in favor of gays carrying assault weapons

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When’s the last time you read a headline that went “Rapist Incapacitated By Woman Prepared With Handgun” or “Mass Shooting Prevented By Civilians Who Prepared For Night Out With Automatic Weapons?”

Rhetoric used by pro-gun lobbyists reads more or less like “A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul. I say again, GUNS did not do this.”

This also happens to be a direct quote from The Pink Pistols’ First Speaker Gwendolyn Patton, and while clearly coming from a more liberal perspective than some pro-gun enthusiasts, the same logic persists.

Waiting on the world to change.

Memorial of Orlando Gay Shootings

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Obviously, an automatic assault rifle didn’t walk out of a gun store on its own and kill dozens of innocent people. But with our current liberal gun laws, it might as well have.

Even if a grander shift in cultural attitude toward violence, prejudice, discrimination, and hate were to occur, gun laws as they are allow even the exceptions to the rule to take justice as it exists in their minds into their own hands.

As a gay man, I stand with my brothers and sisters of any disenfranchised gender, race, or religion, when I say that “I can’t breathe.”

What do you think of this trend of gun sales to LGBTQ people? Is this a step in the direction of self-defense, or are we digging ourselves deeper into the root problem? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this story with your friends.

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