It isn’t ever day that gun rights activists and gay rights proponents find themselves allied. Yet the attack in Orlando isn’t something we see every day, and it is bringing together many unlikely groups.
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Soft targets are easy targets. Every idiot jihad knows this. Every attention-seeking jackass who contemplates the fame offered by martyrdom in an elementary school or a movie theater knows this. Put up the “gun-free-zone” sign, and you invite people who want to commit crimes without the immediate threat of armed civilians shooting back.
This is the inherent fallacy in the left’s gun control argument. When signage goes up, they assume that is enough. Everyone obeys laws and regulations, so that sign will make people safe. Except the criminals who are considering committing murder are very rarely put off by simple signage.
So as all of the left leaning gun grabbers are gearing up their rhetorical war machines to make the most political hay from this incredible tragedy, they need a wake-up call.
And the folks at Pink Guns are here to give it to them. Pink Pistols speaker Gwendolyn Patton had this to say:
“The Pink Pistols gives condolences to all family and friends of those killed and injured at Pulse,” began Patton. “This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence. 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, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.”
Or, if you prefer your call to action a bit more folksy:
While tooling up with an AK and giant purse might be good for some, Pink Guns and Patton have come up with an ingenious idea–one that would be great for everyone. Carrying in bars is illegal in many places. Alcohol and guns…. You can understand why it would be frowned upon. Patton, though, would like to see a concept built on the idea of the designated driver. Only this would be more like a designated marksman.
“Some bars and other establishments that serve alcohol are difficult to protect because many states forbid the carrying of weapons where alcohol is served, but that just as one might have a designated driver who stays sober, one might have a designated carrier with a concealed-carry permit who goes armed and does not drink. ‘It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law.”
Pink Guns has 45 chapters in the United States and promotes active self defense. The group’s homepage has this explanation:
“We are dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. We no longer believe it is the right of those who hate and fear gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or polyamorous persons to use us as targets for their rage. Self-defense is our RIGHT.”
It is hard to add much to this sentiment that wouldn’t undercut its power, yet I feel compelled to mention just how far off script this message will be for many on the left. If there is one so-called group that the democrats can rely on for unwavering support, it is the group targeted in the Orlando attack. Just read through these tweets to see how vocal they’re going to be.
What will happen when this voting block decides their existence depends on their ability to defend themselves–physically? The right to self defense, especially armed self-defense, is typically one of the hot-button issues of those on the right, who might be able to pick up some voters in the fall if Hillary’s gun-ban agenda seems to threaten these voter’s very existence.
There are many heterosexuals who feel the same way. Exactly the same way. Any unironic use of the Aloha-Snack-bar call to action may be the last words you hear.