GLBT and the Second Amendment

Marin Cogan has an interesting piece entitled “Gay and Pro-Gun” (National Journal) on the growing support for the gun rights in the GLBT community. As you might guess, GLBT gun advocates have a difficult time finding a home in either of the two parties. For some, this leads to a political conversion:

Locating candidates to support within the two-party system, when one side champions gay marriage and the other gun rights, is hard. [Marc] Whittemore used to run ObamaLA, an organization he said had 2,500 volunteers at one point. But once he started paying closer attention to Ron Paul, he underwent a political conversion and quit the group.

Much of the article focuses on Pink Pistols, a national organization “dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community.” In the words of Pink Pistols’ Gwen Patton:

“Rather than saying, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, we’re in your face,’ our thing is, ‘We’re queer, yeah, that’s fine, look at the ways we’re similar rather than that one way we’re different. But if you absolutely can’t bring yourself to do that, we’re going to ask you very forcefully not to try to harm us.’ “

If you want to learn more about Pink Pistols, read the Pink Pistols Utility Manual by Patton.

“Pink Pistols” was named after an article by that name written by Jonathan Rauch in Salon (for a more recent piece by Rauch, see “The Right Kind of Gun Rights” at Reason and watch an interview at the Atlantic). The article also briefly discusses Tom Palmer (Cato) who has also been an advocate of gun ownership, drawing on his own experience of using a weapon to deter an antigay mob. Palmer was involved in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which struck down the D.C. handgun ban and was lead plaintiff in Palmer v. District of Columbia (2014), which ruled that the prohibition on carrying handguns outside the home was unconstitutional. For more on Palmer’s Second Amendment advocacy see David Weigel, “Meet the Libertarians Who Keep Beating D.C.’s Gun Laws in Court” (at Slate) and the embedded video.

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