Pink Pistols to Gavin Newsom: Don’t take away our gun rights

The right to bear arms for the purpose of self defense is a human right that belongs to all people.

The gun haters would have people believe that gun ownership is only an angry white male issue.

Every weekend I see different.  I see a diversity that is America at the gun shows.  Men and women, children too.  People of all colors and ethnic backgrounds, and religions too.  I see a surprising number of LGBT folks too.

Self defense is a human right.

That said I’m glad I no longer live in Cali.  Texas is just fine and the music is better.

From The Fresno Bee:  http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article70333992.html

April 7, 2016

In 2004, Gavin Newsom became a hero to the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community by directing the city and county of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In 2016, his star with gay Californians is fading.

Newsom is promoting his run for governor in 2018 by leading a ballot initiative campaign on gun control that sounds sensible at first glance. But his plan will not increase public safety for the LGBT community or anyone in California. Our law enforcement officials – both police officers and sheriffs – have announced strong opposition to Newsom’s measure for its potential to criminalize law-abiding citizens rather than prevent criminals from committing acts of violence.

The LGBT community cannot afford to let Newsom’s rhetoric fool them. His proposition will seriously impact the ability to protect ourselves and our families by reducing our Second Amendment rights.

Californians have not forgotten how the Proposition 8 fight in 2009 led to a historic victory but also a surge in anti-gay violence. We’re fortunate to live in a progressive state, but gays in California and around the world have repeatedly been targeted at higher rates after the passage of new legal protections.

One of the most chilling examples is in France, where reported attacks on the LGBT community rose by 78 percent in the year the country legalized same-sex marriage.

Gay Californians are on alert to threats, and many choose to use the rights provided to them by the Second Amendment. Owning a firearm and learning how to use it properly help countless members of our community feel more comfortable about the security they provide to their families.

The choice to own a firearm was one that helped save Tom Palmer’s life. He is a gay Oxford-educated man living in San Jose who found himself the target of a large group of bigots. As they followed him down an empty street, they yelled epithets and threats. Palmer, a self-described “peacenik,” showed them a gun and credits it with saving his life.

Continue reading at:  http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article70333992.html

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