From the Associated Press, “The Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club meets once a month to shoot long guns in a field near Rochester, New York. Anxious about an armed and organized extreme right, they started a club to teach members how to take up arms.”
“It’s a way to assert our strength,” told Jake Allen, 27, who helped form the group, The Star.com.
“Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as being defenceless, and I think in many ways this pushes back against that,” Allen continued. “And I want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”
I’m all for more responsible people exercising their right to keep and bear arms. Right or left, gay or straight, black or white — it doesn’t matter to me. I encourage every law-abiding citizen to purchase firearms (on GunsAmerica, preferably).
The reason is twofold. First, if we don’t use it, we lose it. Millions of Americans already own guns. Millions more taking the plunge and learning the value of the 2A will only mean it’ll be that much harder for anti-gunners to disarm America.
Second, spreading firearms literacy has the potential to reduce gun-related violence, specifically accidental shootings and suicides. When it comes to the safe use and storage of firearms, ignorance can get one killed. Why anyone would stand in the way of teaching the masses the basics of responsible gun ownership is beyond me. Knowlege is power, as they say.
Oh, and of course, there is the other little bonus about an armed society — it’s a safer one. Concealed carriers in the public square save lives every day in this country. You won’t see on the mainstream news, but it does happen all the time.
All that to say, kudos to the Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club. Teaching others to take responsibility for their safety is a great achievement. But they shouldn’t be surprised if it leads to members abandoning the Democratic party and its anti-2A agenda.
See, as a lawful gun owner, it becomes impossible not confront the DNC’s big lie: that you are more safe when you are less free to defend yourself. Sooner or later one awakens to the fact that gun control is antithetical to personal safety. At which point, Feinstein, Schumer, and Pelosi are seen as the foes to freedom they really are.