The conservative movement is a diverse one. Eeveryone within it has particular causes they focus on, whether that is abortion, the 2nd Amendment, free market entrepreneurship, et cetera. Because there are so many groups within the movement, many don’t get the recognition they deserve. One of those groups, in my opinion, is the Pink Pistols, a pro-LGBTQ group working to defend the Second Amendment and promote the right to self-defense. Their existence is so important in a culture where people try and force identity politics down your throat and argue that there is nothing in conservatism that LGTBQ individuals can identify with. The Pink Pistols prove them wrong. This non-partisan group is proof that firearm safety and self-defense can be for everyone.
Their motto “Pick on Someone Your Own Caliber” is something we can all get behind
The Pink Pistols are, according to their mission statement, “a shooting group that honors diversity and is open to all shooters.” They “hope to bring new shooters into the practice and provide a fun social environment” for their members. They also “work to build bridges between the shooting community and other communities, such as those based on alternative sexualities” They advocate the use of “lawfully-owned, lawfully-concealed firearms for the self-defense of the sexual minority community.”
The Pink Pistols are important because they are not trying to raise money and make themselves important, they are trying to empower people who might feel unsafe in the community or marginalized in some way and give them the gift of self-defense. They are starting chapters around the country, over forty already. They’re heading to gun ranges to teach people who have every right to shoot how to do it safely and effectively so that they are no longer an easy target. While recent headlines have documented a lot of sexual harassment and assault by members of the media and of Hollywood, people often forget that people of sexual minorities are the subject of harassment and assault as much, if not more, often, and everyone deserves the right to practice the self-defense methods that are best for them. For many people, that means carry a concealed weapon. That’s what Pink Pistols does well: it advocates, it trains, and it reminds the LGBTQ community that they have a right to self-defense. You do not have to identify as a sexual minority to join a Pink Pistols group though. They say, “We like to say that we are FOR the sexual minority community, but not exclusively OF it. We welcome anybody.”