Friday, July 3, 2009

No Guns For Queers.

JPFO has already put together an excellent video detailing how gun control disproportionately disarms black people.

It would be nice to see someone do a video about how gun control also disproportionately disarms gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people as well. Especially since two of America's gun control havens (New York city and San Francisco) are home to the largest GLBT populations.

I bring this up because of this story:
They stopped only when a passing motorist threatened to call the police. Throughout the attack, Leslie's assailants called her a "faggot" in Spanish. The attack left Leslie with multiple injuries, including bruises all over her body, and stitches in her scalp. Police called to the scene found Leslie nearly naked and bleeding on the sidewalk. They also recovered a belt buckle from the assailants that was covered in blood.

A lot of people cite incidents like the above as a good reason to pressure legislatures into making hate-crime legislation transgender inclusive. Unfortunately, hate-crime legislation only works after the crime has been committed, more often than not after the victim is dead. A better solution would be to ensure that all people have equal access to effective self-defense. Specifically, do away with "may-issue" licensing that only opens up the doors for discriminatory practices like "need assessments". Whether you're gay or straight, no one can determine whether you have a "need" to protect yourself or not.

Pink Pistols is an organization that helps GLBT "select a firearm, acquire a permit, and receive proper training in its safe and legal use for self-defense." As their motto says: Armed gays don't get based.

1 comment:

mikeb302000 said...

Very interesting video. Thanks for posting it.

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