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Pink Pistols Speaks About Guns and GLBT Self-Defense

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While we have all heard of the tragic event that happened last weekend, you may not be aware of a pro Second Amendment group that was doubly affected. The group is called Pink Pistols and to describe the group best, well… here is a quote from its FAQ page:

What are the “Pink Pistols”?

We are a shooting group that honors diversity and is open to all shooters. We help bring new shooters into the practice and provide a fun social environment for all our members. We work to build bridges between the shooting community and other communities, such as those based on alternative sexualities. We advocate the use of lawfully-owned, lawfully-concealed firearms for the self-defense of the sexual minority community.

Here is Pink Pistols’ statement (In the early hours before the full details were known, but please note it has been updated since then, which is included in this text).

Pink Pistols Logo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA) June 12, 2016: Early Sunday, around 2 a.m. Eastern Time, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was attacked by an armed individual. Approximately 20 persons were killed and over double that wounded when the attacker, whom police have identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, FL, pushed his way into the club and opened fire on patrons. Weapons carried by Mateen are reported as an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun, and a suspected explosive device. UPDATE: Reports are that the death toll is around 50, with over 50 more wounded.

“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina at a news conference on Sunday. Additionally, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said “This is an incident … that we certainly classify as a domestic terror incident.” Authorities say the FBI is involved. Preliminary information reveals that Omar Mateen’s family is from Afghanistan, though Omar may have been born in the United States. His family is reported to be distraught at the actions and loss of their son.

Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, an international GLBT self-defense organization, warns people not to jump immediately to the assailant’s guns as the object of blame, but to concentrate instead on Mateen’s violent acts. “The Pink Pistols gives condolences to all family and friends of those killed and injured at Pulse,” began Patton. “This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence. At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul. I say again, GUNS did not do this. A human being did this, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.” Patton’s concerns are that knee-jerk gun-control efforts may make preventing future events harder rather than easier, as only the law-abiding potential victims will be affected by such laws. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to foresee such an event,” continues Patton, “But if they cannot be prevented, then they must be stopped as fast as someone tries to start them.” Some bars and other establishments that serve alcohol are difficult to protect because many states forbid the carrying of weapons where alcohol is served, but that just as one might have a designated driver who stays sober, one might have a designated carrier with a concealed-carry permit who goes armed and does not drink. “It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law.” Patton concludes.

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the GLBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the GLBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.

Contact Gwendolyn S. Patton First Speaker, Pink Pistols International firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org http://www.pinkpistols.org (610) 879-2364

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Comments (14)

  1. My understanding from what I have read is that he was an off duty cop hired to be security for the club and was not in uniform. He was sitting at the entrance checking people and getting up to do pat downs when the Muslim terrorist burst in. I have read that he engaged him with his handgun but was too taken by surprise to do much good in stopping him. One officer sitting at a desk is not adequate security to stop a determine terrorist who can choose the time of his attack.

  2. This group should be front and center in the anti-2nd Amendment assault that’s been going on since Sunday. No citizen of this country, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should be denied the ability to defend themselves against violence.

  3. As a Christian, I do not believe in homosexuality in any form, but the gays have just as much a right to have guns as anyone else in this country. And yes, the more gun free zones there are, the more atrocities such as this one will occur. Supposedly there was a uniformed officer that engaged the ‘perp’, but was unable to stop him from entering the club. Where was said officer? Was said officer grabbing a donut and coffee at the Dunkin Donuts across the street? And why wasn’t there an armed bouncer inside the club? With 300 patrons, there should have been at least 5 armed bouncers. In a gun free zone, this wouldn’t have happened if the bar owners had protected their patrons, but, gosh, that would have cost money! Just saying.

    1. According to ABC news the Police officer was working at the nightclub. He exchanged gunfire, but was outgunned, probably his service pistol against an AR15. Apparently, he was not at the Dunkin Donuts.

    2. The below account is from a local newspaper.

      “An off-duty police officer working at the club Sunday night was investigating an underage drinker outside when he heard gunshots inside, according to the law enforcement source. The off-duty officer ran inside the club and traded gunfire with Mateen, backed up soon by three other police officers, the source said.

      The officers fired at Mateen, who retreated into a bathroom toward the rear of the club.

      “Those additional officers made entry while the suspect was shooting,” Mina said. “They forced him to stop shooting and retreat to the bathroom where we believe he had several hostages.”

  4. Unfortunately, it still wouldn’t have mattered here in Florida, because as a concealed carry permit holder, one cannot knowingly enter an establishment that serves alcohol and stay for any amount of reasonable time while armed with his or her weapon. If that law could be modified to only be applicable to those drinking, it may serve the interest of public safety a little better.
    To back up my claims;
    From 790.06:

    (12)(a) A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into:
    1. Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;
    2. Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
    3. Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
    4. Any courthouse;
    5. Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her courtroom;
    6. Any polling place;
    7. Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district;
    8. Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;
    9. Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
    10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building;
    11. Any career center;
    12. Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose

    And then you have the huge target we call Disney World right down the street, where all firearms are prohibited, even with a state issue carry permit, hence I will NEVER take my family there.

    1. It took us several years here in Virginia of getting the bill passed in the legislature only to have our scum governor Tim Kaine veto year after year to get the stupid law that you can’t carry in an establishment that served any kind of alcoholic beverage changed, but we finally did. Unfortunately, Kaine is now one of our Senators thanks to all the wealthy liberals and welfare people in the big counties bordering Maryland and DC, but at least once he was gone from the governorship we succeeded.

  5. Just a few thougths on the shooting in Orlando—
    For many many years it was common for bar keeps to keep a short barrel fast handling shotgun under the bar or nearby just in case– a great detterrent and if need be a great problem solver that worked mostly by feel— and pointing– inexpensive, easy to train with, and a definitive stopper– just my thoughts. For less than three hundred dollars each every business in America could be guarded and guard well.

    1. It’s likely that many bars stopped that practice due to fears over liability. Consider the instances of an employee injured/killed defending the establishment, a patron injured in the process (by either side), or the criminal (or their relatives) suing because their unlawful act was interrupted by violence.

      Additionally, given that the establishment catered heavily to a predominantly liberal segment of the population (LGBT) it’s likely that keeping a firearm behind the bar would be unpopular with the patrons.

  6. I am a proud believer in the 2nd amendment and licensed to conceal carry and do so everyday I am also gay . Which I feel should be irrelevant but you twisted my arm I’m outed . I first heard of pink pistols the day of the shooting and immediately called the number I want to join asap . I read this blog practically everyday and was very happy to see that someone was took an impartial view of the org and printed there idealology thank you

    1. Joel,
      Thank you for being a loyal reader. As soon as the release came to me, I gladly started working it up. If you (or Pink Pistols) is on the side of the Second Amendment, we are on the same side. ~Dave Dolbee

    2. Joel

      You have my wife’s and my support. We are both Bi and carry daily, so I guess we’re outed too. I have worked high risk security work all over the world and I pity the fool who thinks my sexual preferences make me an easy mark.

      Dave,

      You rock.

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