Pink Pistols: Don’t Blame Guns for Crime, Blame Evil People

All sorts of folks own guns and believe in the right to bear arms for the purpose of self defense.

From America’s 1st Freedom:

There are two polar-opposite positions regarding the Second Amendment currently being pushed in the gay community. One points to the June 12, 2016, Orlando Pulse attack as evidence for why gun control is needed now. This position—espoused by popular LGBT magazine The Advocate, among others—encourages the view that lawmakers should target guns that were legally purchased as well as guns that are illegal.

The second position holds that members of the LGBTQ community need to quit blaming guns for crime and start arming themselves for self-defense. This is the view held by the Pink Pistols, a gun rights group in the gay community that quickly responded to the Pulse attack by warning people not to blame the actions of the attacker on the guns he used to carry out his horrific machinations.

In contrasting these two views, it is easy to see the shortsightedness of pursuing more gun control when compared to the rationale of buying a gun and learning how to use it effectively to defend oneself.

Consider The Advocate’s position: A recent column clearly states that “guns are the problem.” Not just illegal guns and criminal use of said guns, but also guns that are “legally obtained.”

The columnists went so far as to say:

Here’s the central fact that should guide our actions on gun violence going forward: The Pulse shooter, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, and countless other murderers were legally entitled to have firearms. They did everything right—until the moment they started shooting.

Our vision is simple, and unlike the gun lobby’s, it’s actually supported by reality—which is precisely why the gun lobby continues to oppose scientific studies on gun violence. Legally obtained or not, whether by “good guys” or “bad guys,” guns are the problem.

In an attempt to bolster his position, the columnist refers to a CNN story titled “The Next LGBT Cause: Gun Control,” and suggests, “Everything that has happened since Pulse has only served as a reminder that LGBTQ people must fight for their safety against the epidemic of gun violence, just as hard as they have fought for equality.”

However, lost in all of this tired rhetoric are some very stubborn, undeniable facts. Chief among them:

  • The Orlando Pulse was a gun-free zone. This total ban meant it ostensibly had 100 percent gun control. But this ban—like similar bans at Sandy Hook Elementary, Umpqua Community College, and Virginia Tech—was only honored by law-abiding citizens. So when someone with a gun decided to come in and open fire, club-goers were literal sitting ducks.
  • Far from deterring crime, evidence shows that criminals are actually emboldened by strict gun control laws. There are myriad real-world examples that passing gun control to fight “gun violence” actually feeds the violence it seeks to quell. One need look no further than Chicago and Baltimore for proof.

Now consider the way the Pink Pistols responded to the Orlando Pulse attack.

On June 12, 2016—the very day of the attack—Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton urged Americans in general, and the gay community in particular, not to blame guns for the heinous actions of the attacker.

In a statement published on the organization’s website, Patton said:

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