In light of the deeply distressing events that took place early Sunday morning, we wanted to share this statement with our readers.

In response to the Sunday morning massacre in Orlando carried out by Omar Mateen, the Pink Pistols released a statement. In the statement they stress that after this type of incident we should not blame guns, but the twisted individuals who use them for evil. They also urged LGBT individuals to take a greater interest in their self defense through the use of firearms. In the statement, Pink Pistols speaker Gwendolyn Patton urged gay Americans to avoid the “easy, knee-jerk reaction of blaming the attacker’s guns for the evil that the attacker perpetrated.”

Pink Pistols statement:

Early Sunday, around 2AM Eastern Time, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was attacked by an armed individual. Approximately 20 persons were killed and over double that wounded when the attacker, whom police have identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, FL, pushed his way into the club and opened fire on patrons. Weapons carried by Mateen are reported as an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun, and a suspected explosive device. UPDATE: Reports are that the death toll is around 50, with over 50 more wounded.

“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina at a news conference on Sunday. Additionally, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said “This is an incident … that we certainly classify as a domestic terror incident.” Authorities say the FBI is involved. Preliminary information reveals that Omar Mateen’s family is from Afghanistan, though Omar may have been born in the United States. His family is reported to be distraught at the actions and loss of their son.

Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, an international GLBT self-defense organization, warns people not to jump immediately to the assailant’s guns as the object of blame, but to concentrate instead on Mateen’s violent acts. “The Pink Pistols gives condolences to all family and friends of those killed and injured at Pulse,” began Patton. “This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence. At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul. I say again, GUNS did not do this. A human being did this, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.”

Patton’s concerns are that knee-jerk gun-control efforts may make preventing future events harder rather than easier, as only the law-abiding potential victims will be affected by such laws. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to foresee such an event,” continues Patton, “But if they cannot be prevented, then they must be stopped as fast as someone tries to start them.”

Some bars and other establishments that serve alcohol are difficult to protect because many states forbid the carrying of weapons where alcohol is served, but that just as one might have a designated driver who stays sober, one might have a designated carrier with a concealed-carry permit who goes armed and does not drink. “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 concludes.

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the GLBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the GLBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.

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2 thoughts on “LGBT Self-Defense Organization Pink Pistols Issues Statement on Orlando Massacre

  1. The ” Pink Pistols ” have stated very well the proper take on the terrorist attack in Orlando . The entire scenario of the attack was conceived ,planned and executed by a person ,not a device . The person was in this case a male ,29years old , a muslim ,twice interviewed by the FBI , because he was a friend of a suicide bomber , and because his rhetoric at his job was militant Islamism . The FBI dismissed the complaints as islamophobia , and racism , based on a preferential governmental bias from Washington . Mateen was allowed to guard federal buildings , with a side arm , and no further FBI observation !

  2. The Pink Pistols have been around for a couple of decades, and I’ve always thought that they needed to be supported by straight people who want to preserve firearms rights, as well as assist a group who are often targeted by bigots and Muslims.
    Since gays are also a protected group (at least purportedly) by liberals, they can have a unique ability to advance the self defense by firearm agenda, which would be a good thing.

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