Some people do recognize that the police can only do so much.
Others say gay men should protect themselvesExactly how should they do this? Self-defense is all but illegal in Washington, DC. I think DC should legalize concealed carry and all these potential victims should arm themselves, because I doubt the police are going to do anything effective in the long run. Not that I don't like police, but my guess is that DC cops are stretched - like a lot of big city cops - and can't "run patrols" around gay bars on a regular basis.
Not that this much sanity will ever envelop either Washington, DC generally or the majority of gay community therein. Expect candle-light vigils, marches, and all the stuff the Left usually does when they don't want to do anything that would actually make a difference. A chorus of Kumbaya anyone?