The Pink Pistols
are a gay gun rights
organization in the United States
. Their mottos are "Pick on someone your own caliber
" and "Armed gays don't get bashed
." Inspired by a Salon.com
article written by Jonathan Rauch
, Krikket (aka Doug Krick), a libertarian
activist from Illinois
while living in Massachusetts
, founded the Pink Pistols in July 2000. The organization now has 60 chapters in 33 states and three countries that are principally made up of gun-owning LGBT
individuals, though neither status is mandatory for membership.
The Pink Pistols do not limit themselves to the Gay population, or even the GLBT population. We include everyone of any alternative sexuality (among consenting adults) and those people who are friendly with that population. Rather than using "GLBTBDSMQ", we're simply reclaiming the word Queer.
The political orientation of the Pink Pistols is considered unusual due to the popular perception in the United States of firearms ownership as a "conservative issue
" and sexuality as a "liberal issue
." However, there is nothing within either of these two single-issue
that is mutually exclusive and a variety of other pro-gun organizations exist for groups not typically associated with gun rights (for example the "Democrats for the Second Amendment").
Pink Pistols' activities include firing range
visits and political activism
. The group occasionally... Read More