Did anyone think of the possibility that guns may actually be used for an anti-violence cause? "What", you say, "But isn't that contradictory?" Apparently not. A long time ago a smart person thought that it was a good idea for women in areas where there was a high instance of rape to carry concealed hand guns to protect themselves. Well, a new idea has been emerging in the last three years.
Meet, Pink Pistols I thought this site was interesting. It's run by a group of gay conservatives and libetarians. Being a libertarian, myself, I found out about it through the Independent Gay Forum, a site for gay conservatives, moderates, and libertarians.
Pink Pistol's mission is to reduce the number of gay bashings by showing gay people (and a few other heavily targeted groups for hate crimes) how to defend themselves with firearms. As Jonathan Rauch (one of my favorite gay libertarians) put it:
"Thirty-one states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "[Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000]
Imagine how quickly the incidence of gay bashing would plummet, when every street thug knew that all of us were armed, trained and weren't gonna take it anymore!
It's a very conservative approach to a very liberal cause, and the group has taken equal amounts of heat and light from both sides. Radical gay liberals who otherwise would have been anti-gun have actually embraced policy. On the flip, very traditional and conservative groups (like the NRA) who tend to have a notoriously homophobic stance are going arm-and-arm with this trend, because it's pro-gun.
It seems gay conservative groups like the Log Cabin Republicans have actually touched base on an issue that both sides have agreed on. Being gay and Republican or Libertarian may actually make some sense afterall.
You don't have to be a gay Republican or Libertarian to support this effort, but you do have to have a conservative stance of gun laws to do so. In the end, when a few creative minds get together and draw both sides into an agreement, we all end up winning.
Tell me what you think. I know that as soon I am of age, I'll surely be signing up for the Los Angeles Chapter of Pink Pistols. :)