Gays, Lesbians Thinking About Self-Defense

In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, firearms–especially AR-15s, which the Democrats want to ban–are flying off the shelves. And quite a few of them are being sold to gays and lesbians:

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians. …

[W]hat’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “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.”

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

All around the country, gun owners are offering free shooting instruction to gays and lesbians. And in West Hollywood, these posters appeared overnight:

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Shoot back: that’s good advice, and a lot of people have figured out that it isn’t necessarily safe to wait for police to intervene (three hours in the case of the Orlando massacre). The real legal loophole relating to guns that came to light as a result of the Orlando attack is the Florida law that makes all bars gun-free zones. That should be changed immediately.

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