Some gays may carry weapons in response to terror attack
A gay gun group is urging the LGBTQ community to consider carrying weapons to fight back against attacks like the weekend slayings in an Orlando club.One of the things that was missing in the response to the shooter, was the lack of a counter-attack by some of the people in the club. That was likely because the shooter waited until late in the night and most of the people there had a diminished capacity from alcohol consumption. Patton is right that for the plan to be effective you would need a designated carrier who did not consume alcohol or drugs.
Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton said, "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."
She noted that several states ban guns in bars, so she suggested a provision that allows a designated "carrier" with a concealed carry permit.
In a statement, Pink Pistols said, "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,' said Patton.