The best way to stop a murderous anti-LGBT bigot with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
That’s the philosophy of Gus Kein, a gay man and interim president of Pink Pistols Fort Lauderdale, a pro-gun LGBT organization. But Klein doesn’t just want to rely on the good guys of law enforcement with guns. He wants his fellow LGBT community members to arm themselves.
So, he founded Pink Pistols Fort Lauderdale/Broward. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nexus Shooting Range in Davie.
“We watched people in [Hurricane] Katrina being abandoned by their government and law enforcement officials. I want to be prepared.” The murder of Matthew Shepard also comes to Kein’s mind.
Now, with the murder of 49 more individuals in Orlando in June, his belief in gun ownership has only intensified. “There’s continuing violence against gays that doesn’t go away. Even if acceptance rises.”
Fundamentalist Muslims, right-wing Christians, white supremacists and other groups “with an axe to grind against the LGBT community, said Kein, all have members capable and willing to commit acts of violence and murder.
In a June New York Times article about the LGBT individuals being the largest single group of people subjected to hate crimes, according to the FBI, Gregory Herek, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, said some anti-LGBT bigots are lashing out because they are disturbed by the recent societal trend towards tolerance and acceptance. “They may feel that the way they see the world is threatened, which motivates them to strike out in some way, and for some people, that way could be in violent attacks,” Herek said.
But it’s not just hatred. Kein also wants himself and the rest of the LGBT community protected from crimes like robbery.
“Regular crime is a serious threat to the LGBT community. It’s a sad, sad thing to say but there are criminals who think gays are an easy target. That they have money and they won’t contact the police.”
Kein said he’s a Republican but the group is open to anyone, regardless of their political association. The club is free to join. Members just have to pay for the cost of using the firing range and any food or drink at the optional restaurant visit after the meeting.