June 13, 2016—The tragic Pulse nightclub shooting that killed about 50 people and left dozens of others injured has prompted the gun rights group Pink Pistols to urge fellow members of the LGBT community to arm themselves.
In a statement published on the group’s website, Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton claims that the “knee-jerk gun-control efforts may make preventing future events harder rather than easier.”
Instead of helping others prevent similar incidents, gun control advocates are doing more harm than good in this case, the announcement suggests.
Here’s a full quote from the statement:
“The Pink Pistols gives condolences to all family and friends of those killed and injured at Pulse. … 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.”
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