Leftwing elitists may want members of the LGBT community to be sitting ducks, but fortunately many in the community don't. In the wake of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9-11, gun sales are skyrocketing, particularly among members of the LGBT community.
"We’re not surprised by it," Denver-based gun retailer George Horne told KDVR. The New York Post reports
The Pink Pistols, an international club for gay and lesbian gun owners, report seeing membership jump from around 1,500 members to 3,500 by Monday.
Gwendolyn Patton, first speaker of the club, said the group is working to prevent tragedies such as the one at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where alleged gunman Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people and wounded 53 more. The incident Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“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 said in a statement.
A Colorado Springs firearms instructor, Mike Smith, who identifies as heterosexual, plans to open a new chapter of the Pink Pistols in Colorado Springs.
“I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” Smith told KDVR.
Florida gun retailers also had more customers than usual. Robbie Motes, owner of The Armories, a gun retailer with three locations in the Orlando area, told NBC his store typically sells 10 to 15 guns a day, but on the Monday after the shooting it reached that number by noon.
While there is a consistent pattern of lawful gun sales spiking following attacks, it's rarely seen among the more traditionally liberal contingent. Recently, pro-LGBT, pro-gun flags with the slogan "#ShootBack" adorned the LGBT neighborhood of West Hollywood, indicating that when forced to choose between left-wing politics and the ability to defend their lives -- members of the community are overwhelmingly choosing life.