A gun club for the LGBTQ crowd was formed in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to teach this typically less-than-gun-friendly community how to defend itself against the rise of the phantom menace: violent conservatives with guns.
The Trigger Warning Queer and Trans Gun Club meets every month in Rochester, New York, with about 20 members firing lead at a local gun range. The group learns safety and how to shoot from a licensed professional. Most members have never before touched a gun.
The club’s founder, Jake Allen, said, “Queer and trans people are often depicted as weak and defenseless — fragile.” But he hopes the group can learn some self-defense in case it becomes necessary to use deadly force.
"One of the biggest things was that I'm fearful of the rise in violence coming from the far-right," Allen told WHAM. "Some viewers might be aware of the pride flags burned up and down Park Ave. A few days after that, a KKK sign was found along the inner loop."
One club member added, "We have each others' back. We're acknowledging our fear of a world in which conservatives are the only ones who are armed."
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In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, another LGBT gun club was formed: Pink Pistols. There's a big difference between these two clubs in that Pink Pistols fights for Second Amendment rights for all people and it doesn't appear to be frightened of the right-wing boogeyman. And after the Las Vegas massacre, the founder released a statement that gave a full-throated argument against any new gun control measures, noting that inanimate objects don't commit murder -- only bad guys can do that.