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After Orlando Shooting, This Gay Gun Rights Group is Encouraging Members to Join the NRA [VIDEO]

Will there suddenly be more NRA members as homosexuals arm themselves?

While this story focuses on Pink Pistols—a homosexual Second Amendment advocacy group—this also might result in more NRA members as LGBT persons join up.

The text reads, in part:

A gay gun rights group known as the Pink Pistols is encouraging members of the LGBTQ community to arm themselves.

Their message follows the deadliest mass shooting in American history. On Sunday, a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He killed 49 people and injured over 50 before he was killed by police.

The Pink Pistols released a statement on the same day, telling people not to blame guns for the massacre, but the shooter.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. It is difficult, if not impossible, to foresee such an event. But if they cannot be prevented, then they must be stopped as fast as someone tries to start them.”

The only problem, which the Pink Pistols acknowledge, is that a culture that values places of public intoxication has special problems with handgun safety. Pink Pistols suggests designated carriers, which may have some value. But in Florida, all bars are legally mandated gun free zones.

The NRA should launch a campaign to change that. Not everyone who goes to a bar does so to get smashed and they shouldn’t lose their right to bear arms. Homosexuals hold some views that are anti-conservatives, but as fellow humans they have basic human rights including the right to bear arms. The NRA has a chance to remind everyone that the Second Amendment is for all, regardless of sexual desires or practices.

There is no reason gun-owning homosexuals couldn’t belong to both Pink Pistols and the NRA. African American attitudes on guns have begun to drastically shift. This attack could start the same trend among homosexuals.

Gun ownership can be a great unifier.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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