“Armed gays don’t get bashed,” reads one of the many pro-gun messages of Pink Pistols, an LGBT group that is disrupting the Left’s (nearly) homogeneous gun control narrative. Following the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando by a radical Islamist, the gun group has seen a surge in its numbers significant enough for even the LA Times to feel compelled to cover it.
“Jonathan Fischer is never sure who’s going to be more surprised when he, as he likes to put it, comes out of the gun closet — the gun aficionados who find out he’s gay or the gay friends who find out he likes shooting guns,” writes the Times. “In the days after 49 people were fatally shot at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., this summer, Fischer wanted to do something to make his community safer. So he started the West Hollywood chapter of the Pink Pistols — a loosely organized, national LGBT gun group.”
Over the last year Pink Pistols groups have been popping up all over the nation in all kinds of unexpected places, and finding their numbers swelling. In a piece for Bearing Arms published in June, Nicki Stallard, a transgender who identifies as a female, describes reason for the dramatic growth of the San Jose chapter.
“In the days since Orlando, my pro-gun LGBT group, Pink Pistols, has tripled in size,” writes Stallard. “While I’ve been advocating – loudly – on behalf of this issue for years, it’s clear it’s time to come out and say it on a national stage: If you’re gay or transgender, you can’t sit and hope that laws will protect you. They won’t. And you can’t rely on the police. Orlando is proof you could bleed out in the time it takes for them to arrive.”
Fischer offered his rationale not only in relationship to the growing terror threat, but in more mundane terms as well, telling the Times, “If someone was to try and break into my home, and especially if someone were armed, I don’t want to fight back with a kitchen knife. And I don’t think that’s extremist or crazy.”
Pink Pistols spokeswoman Gwendolyn Patton, a lesbian who lives near Philadelphia, put it simply: “People don’t like to feel helpless.”
While many on the Left have stood on the graves of the 49 people murdered and 53 injured at the Pulse Night Club by Omar Mateen — who pledged allegiance to ISIS and declared that all “real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the West” — to call for more gun control legislation, the Pink Pistols have pushed back, arguing that such measures would only make Americans more vulnerable.
As the Times notes reluctantly, Pink Pistols’ message is clearly resonating with many in the LGBT community. The movement, which began back in 2000 when gay journalist Jonathan Rauch called for the establishment of “Pink Pistols task forces,” has seen new chapters spring up even in even the most far-left of communities, including North and West Hollywood. But while the movement is gaining momentum, it certainly does not represent a majority of the LGBT community, which still faithfully adheres to the progressive gun control agenda. Since Orlando, over 100 LGBT organizations signed a pro-gun control pledge, while the newly formed Gays Against Guns group has staged a few protests.
Stallard acknowledges the widespread negative view of guns in the LGBT community, but is hopeful that as more in the community come to understand the power of safe, responsible gun ownership, the tide might turn.
“Many in my community view guns as evil. They see them as immoral killing machines that should be heavily regulated, if not eradicated. That’s because they only hear about guns when the story ends tragically, or when they see them used in violent movies. But every day, Americans use guns to defend themselves and most of the time they don’t even have to pull the trigger. The mere appearance of a firearm saves their life,” writes Stallard. “This is a call to the LGBT community to start taking its own defense seriously, and to question the left-leaning institutions that tell them guns are bad, and should be left to the professionals. Become a professional. You’re allowed. That’s what the Second Amendment is for. To ensure we can fight back when our lives depend on it.”