Thursday, November 25, 2004

Pink Pistols: Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed

Pink Pistols
Pink Pistols was formed to make Gay Bashing dangerous, and hence increase the cost and risk to potential bashers.
Thirty-one states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible"

--Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000
Hate crimes laws are ineffective, and I think wrong, since they criminalize thought and not actions. Assault is already against the law. Assault because I think you are gay, (or Jewish, etc.) should carry no different penalty. But the real point is that they are ineffective. Actions speak louder than words.
"I thought I was about to die," says Austin; but he is alive, and that is because his companion reached into the truck and whipped out a pistol from under the seat, leveled it at the gay-bashers and fired a single shot over their heads. All at once, their courage deserted them. They ran back to their car and drove away.
As this story illustrates, gay bashers are inherently cowardly. They are usually armed hunting unarmed victims, they like to stack the odds in their favor, and when confronted with force, they turn and run away.

People in America need to own up to their responsibilities. One of these is to defend themselves and their families against attack. But the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender community is most in need of this, both because they are more likely to be targeted, and because they have been more unlikely to defend themselves.

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