(Editor Note: Long before gay marriage became a political football the gay community has had a core of gun rights supporters who have tried to educate both gay and straight people on the importance of strong 2nd Amendment support and personal ownership of firearms for protection. The Pink Pistols have been a genuine force for freedom for decades, and more than anything they show that the Democratic party has co-opted the sexual preference of a slice of our population for their own political gains. Guns and freedom are not political issues. They are fundamental rights. Homosexuality is a personal and religious issue. Yes, the original version of Bible, the one given to Moses on the mountain, says that male homosexuality is forbidden (Leviticus 18:22). It says what it says, and again, this is not a political issue. Below is our contributor S.H. Blanelberry’s “man on the street” take of the recent Chris Cheng and his performance on the “reality” show Top Shot. This is meant to spark civil discussion, not open the door to a flood of moronish comments that all say the same thing. We will consider it a forgone conclusion that most religious people don’t care for the political football that gay rights have become, or how the Obama administration has pushed the issue into nearly every piece of our lives. This article is meant to ask how you personally feel about it, when it is in fact the gay males out there defending our 2nd Amendment rights, and showing the generally anti-gun liberal crowd that owning guns for self protection is normal, if normal is such a thing.)
I’m pro-LGBT, meaning I’m for allowing people to love who they want to love and express themselves in whatever manner they deem appropriate. I don’t have any problems admitting that. I have some gay friends. Good dudes. Some like to shoot, some don’t.
I have no problem with efforts by the LGBT community to cross pollinate with the gun world and vice versa. I think we should welcome each other with open arms because when it comes down to it, we’re all human beings and we all have an inalienable right to self defense. The more accepting we are of one another, the larger the collective we have to fight to ensure our Second Amendment rights remain intact. Same holds true with respect to defeating anti-LGBT sentiment and discrimination.
With that mind, I’m happy for Chris Cheng’s success, the winner of History Channel’s “Top Shot,” the reality show featuring shooters from all different backgrounds, i.e. law enforcement, military, sportsmen, hunters, etc.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Cheng who is now an National Rifle Association News Commentator talked about his experiences within the gun community.
“When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, a former Google employee who left to pursue career opportunities in the gun world.
“There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Cheng continued. “It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.”
Cheng believes that as a gun owner and pro-Second Amendment advocate it’s important to reach out to gays.
“Many in the LGBT community simply have never seriously entertained the notion of owning a firearm, or thought whether they want to be a victim or if they want to survive an attack,” he said. Considering that aside from race, sexual orientation is the second largest motivator for bias crimes, according to FBI Hate Crime Statistics, it’s perhaps time for more gays to start evaluating their self-defense preparedness.
Along these lines, recently, my friend Ben Philippi, a photojournalist that works with Guns.com, attended a “Gays with Guns” event at the LAX Firing Range in Los Angeles, California, which was geared at getting gays to get involved with their civil liberties. Here is the video Philippi released highlighting the event:
What are your thoughts on the diversification of the gun community? Do you support the LGBT movement?