“I would never have thought I’d see the LGBTI community siding with incredibly conservative, right-wing, pro-gun advocates that have been publicly homophobic and transphobic — that didn’t make any sense,” Abboud explained.
But after meeting some of the gun club’s members, Abboud said, there was a real fear that had only been stoked by the country’s rabid political landscape.
There as never a real dichotomy. There was (and still exist) a mountain-full of bullshit associated with Second Amendment Activism and its alleged hate for Gays. Pulse was a wake up call for many Gays who came to realize that nobody is there to protect them when the harm comes and even the sad realizations that they would be abandoned and bleed to death by the authorities.
The massacre in Orlando pushed some to actually look for not just buy a gun but to train with it for Self-Defense. Surprisingly, heir side came down hard on them for wanting to exercise the most basic of rights and it was only when they dared to seek help with the Evil “White & Racist” gun owners that they encountered a word they were not expecting: Welcome.
They encountered people of all colors, religions and even (gasp) sexual orientations that not only guided them in the basic of firearms but encouraged them to become responsible gun owners. And even for those who were a bit afraid of interacting with any stranger at the range, Operation Blazing Sword a network of nationwide instructors created by a bonafide member of the LGBTQ community for the LGBTQ community.
At the end, the decision is rather simple: Do you side with those who want you unarmed and ready for victimization? or, Do you become responsible for your own safety?