The Gun Lovers No One Talks About

Gun owners are from all sorts of different backgrounds.  Some are LGBT people.  It may surprise some but some are Democrats, some are tree huggers.

We try to treat people equally and with respect who ever they are.  As small business people we believe respect for others is the best policy.

Gun rights should be supported by both parties.

From Vocatv:  http://www.vocativ.com/400982/gun-lovers-left-trump/

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory, left-leaning gun store owners are catering to an often overlooked clientele — people like them

By Ethan Harfenist and Jacob Steinblatt
Mar 06, The Liberal Gun Owners of America2017

Jae Seifert is a liberal guy. The Minnesota native says he’s in favor of legalizing weed and physician-assisted euthanasia. He’s pro-immigrant and believes in civil rights for all Americans. In last year’s election, he was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter — before he reluctantly backed Hillary Clinton.

Much like Sanders, Seifert’s politics don’t fit the classic liberal mold. Now living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Seifert also happens to be passionate about firearms — primarily shooting for sport — and he’s a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. In fact, Seifert purchased his first AR-15, that semi-automatic responsible for countless fatal shootings in the United States, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre.

“I think that in this country, because we have freedom, with that comes a certain acceptance of risk,” Seifert told us in a phone interview. “So if you’re going to be free, that also means I have freedom to do things that you may not like, which includes carrying a gun.”

The 28-year-old also owns a gun store. Seifert said it’s “just kind of getting started,” but WZ Outfitters represents a rarity in a country where gun shops are mostly associated with the conservative right. As a gun store owner with a liberal worldview, Seifert puts WZ Outfitters in a unqiue position to serve gun-lovers who shun shops owned by those who identify with the racist, xenophobic far-right. WZ Outfitters carries a range of firearms for sport and protection purposes, but you’ll find no anti-Muslim merchandise or Donald Trump-supporting bumper stickers there.

“I don’t really like that kind of traditional gun store experience where you go in, you’ve got Islamaphobic shit, really, really right wing stuff. Just the whole kind of, ‘Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Fuck the other guys,’” he said. “That’s also part of the reason I felt like I wanted to start my own store.”

Seifert isn’t alone. Membership increased by 10 percent since election for the Liberal Gun Club, which provides “a voice for gun-owning liberals and moderates in the national conversation on gun rights.” Vocativ found an entire subreddit dedicated to Liberal Gun Owners, a four-year old community that has close to 7,000 subscribers and includes a thread dedicated to liberal gun stores.

It appears that some of those who lean left don’t want to fork over money to shops run by trigger-happy, extreme right-wing folks who sell target sheets shaped like Hillary Clinton and stickers that read “Muslim Free Zone.” It makes sense, at a time when consumers are more aware than ever about the values backed by their favorite businesses and services.

Sergey Solyanik, who owns a gun store in Lynnwood, Washington, says on one of the Reddit threads that he is a “Bernie Sanders/ACLU liberal.” Like Seifert, Solyanik’s store Precise Shooter, located 17 miles north of Seattle, is decidedly apolitical and caters to a mixed clientele (both Washington and Colorado, especially in the more rural areas, are pretty purple).

“We don’t sell any actual propaganda items. We just don’t. The store serves every customer…we want everybody to be welcome here,” he said.

Continue reading at:  http://www.vocativ.com/400982/gun-lovers-left-trump/

See Also Range 365: The Liberal Gun Owners of America

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