Monday, August 15, 2005

The Pink Pistols: an Answer to Gay Bashing

Pink Pistols ("Pick on Someone Your Own Caliber") is an interesting organization. It can trace its origins back to a single idea.
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
And so that is what happened. 35 US chapters, and one Canadian chapter, meeting at least once a month for range time and socializing.

Oleg Volk discusses this in his essay on why different groups are opposed to gun control [Image from A-Human Right. The black triangle was the badge assigned to lesbians in the Nazi death camps during WWII. Click on the image for a larger view]
Gay-bashing has become a hazardous undertaking lately: Pink Pistols chapters have opened nation-wide. Originally formed for training GLBT folks in self-defense skills, they have expanded to include many hetero members.

Traditionally, homosexuals have been perceived as weak, easily intimidated, in short, as ideal targets. The realization that attempted gay-bashing would likely be stopped at gunpoint ought to keep bigots from even trying. [from What is "gun control?" by Oleg Volk]
The Politically Correct are horrified by this. They claim that we should just call 911 and wait to be rescued. Of course most of them have never had to scrape a friend up off the sidewalk after they have been bashed and take them to the hospital. And I am damn sure very few have ever dealt with hostile police.

Even if you can expect help from the police, they are minutes away. And the GLTB community has not always been able count on the police to be of assistance. Pink Pistols advocates solving both of these problems through lawful concealed carry.

Update August 16, 2005 Pink Pistols in the News

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