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The gay community has responded to the Orlando nightclub massacre in a way that will shock some of its staunch liberal allies.
And yet it is the most basic human response to such a tragedy.
Gays and lesbians are arming themselves for protection.
“For this time of year I’d say it’s three to four times what we normally have,” George Horne, the owner of Denver Colorado’s The Gun Room, told Fox 31.
While the new clientele might be a surprise to some, it shouldn’t be.
“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” Colorado firearms instructor Mike Smith told Fox 31. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”
It’s a mold the group Pink Pistols, a gun rights group that advocates for gays and lesbians to exercise their Second Amendment rights, has been trying to break since 2000.
The group saw its membership skyrocket from 1,500 on Saturday to 3,500 by Monday in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack.
“This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence,” Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, wrote in a statement hours after the attack. “At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. 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. A human being did this…”
The push to arm the gay community extended to West Hollywood this week where posters that combined the Gadsden flag and the gay pride flag with the message #ShootBack, started to appear.
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