After the Orlando shooting on June 12th that killed fifty people, there has been an increase in gun sales among gays and lesbians. While this surprises some, it shouldn’t. People should be able to protect themselves from others who would threaten them. It simply common sense that such a horrific tragedy would cause people to think twice about the second amendment.
“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. George Horne, the owner of The Gun Room, Denver’s oldest firearms dealer, said Tuesday business is booming at his store.””For this time of year I’d say its three to four times what we normally have,” he said. KDVR
Gun sales are not the only thing that is rising, but so are memberships to gun clubs. There is a gun club that is geared towards gays and lesbians and it has seen its membership rise dramatically in the last few days: “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. Dozens of new chapters are springing up, including one [Mike] Smith is creating in Colorado Springs. He said it’s something he feels compelled to do, even though he’s heterosexual.” (ibid) Mike Smith is a gun dealer who lives in Denver.
Now for every sane, rational person who happens to think their life is worthy of self-protection, you have the gun control people telling them it is not. While West Hollywood, the Capital of Gaydom, has now started posting signs that say shoot back with using the Don’t Tread on Me insignia as its background, others have said we require more gun control. However isn’t gun control what brought us here? Isn’t the fact that the psycho had control of a gun and no one else did exactly why fifty people are dead? Gun control was never about disarming criminals, like terrorists but disarming the masses. Now they want to disarm the gay population?
However, while this fight continues more gay people are realizing that the second amendment is for them too and not just right-wing militia types who hunt their own food. Of course, the sudden increase is not surprising, there always is after these type of mass shootings. What will be surprising is if we start to see an exodus from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party because of the Democrats determination to defend not only Muslims but to disarm them from protecting themselves. Log Cabin Republicans are a group of gay Republicans, it would be interesting to see if their numbers increase following this tragedy. After all the 2nd amendment is not a heterosexual right, it is an American right!