LGBTQ + Guns = Conflict! By Mrs Vera West and John Steele
A truly historical moment, for here is a joint article by two people who have never met, and probably never will. But, interests here intersect, those of gender/sex, and guns. In fact, John would like to, in the spirit of postmodern relativism, define his present sexuality and gender as simply “Guns.” Yes, non-binary, guns. And isn’t that a fair conceptualisation in a world where everything goes?
“Yet another subculture is emerging from within the ever-expanding Cult of LGBTQ: LGBTQs who like guns and want to better learn how to use them. The group “Pink Pistols,” which we’ve covered in the past, is making waves particularly within Seattle’s LGBTQ community for meeting with one another to discharge firearms at local gun ranges – something that, according to the mainstream media, is reserved only for Trump-supporting hillbillies from red states. “I had never touched a gun and I was kind of uneasy just touching it,” one 62-year-old LGBTQ by the name of Melissa is quoted as saying to CrossCut after visiting the West Coast Armory gun range in nearby Bellevue with her LGBTQ partner, Jan, for the first time. “You don’t know what to expect, and the first time it was like, wow, it was kind of exhilarating because you actually did it.” Melissa and Jan own guns and visit the West Coast Armory regularly, as they’ve been doing for the past year. But most of their friends don’t know this because, generally speaking, LGBTQs have been programmed to believe that all guns are evil, and that only evil Republicans own and use them. “Progressive people we know look at us kind of cross-eyed when we tell them we own a gun,” Jan says. Erin Palette, the national coordinator for Pink Pistols, says this is common among LGBTQs who break from the status quo and adopt a love for firearms. For most of them, it’s like “coming out” all over again – with all of the shaming, rejection, and even abuse that typically comes with it.”
Hopefully a spirit of tolerance and acceptance will prevail in the end, in respect of gender diversity, and Pink Pistols will be accepted, and also move to Australia. It needs to be recognised that guns are an important part of some people’s expression of their sexuality and banning guns infringes this free expression.