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Gay NRA Staffer: The Gay Community Does Not Understand How Important Gun Rights Are

Jeff Katz
June 18, 2019 - 2:49 pm

NRA social media manager William McLaughlin is a pro-gun, gay American who has no idea why the gay community does not see the value of gun rights.

McLaughlin attended a PRIDE parade in Washington DC, then wrote a Washington Post opinion piece explaining what he encountered.

He began by saying:

"The District, where I live, is a liberal city. Gay people are embraced; guns are not. You don’t have to see how the District votes to know that. You can tell by the signs in people’s yards and the bumper stickers on their cars. The gay community is largely anti-gun, too."

He then talked about his experience at the PRIDE parade: 

At the parade, these worlds collided. I found myself at an event where I should have felt at home but, instead, I felt hated. It wasn’t all in my head. People chanted an obscenity about the NRA as they marched down P Street NW.

"I don’t understand why the LGBTQ community is so hostile toward the Second Amendment. I’d like to ask my fellow gays to take a moment and consider this issue through a different lens. I long for the day when the gay community will galvanize its significant political might and work toward making practical changes that would let gays better protect themselves when laws don’t."

He acknowledged certain hate crimes towards the gay community and asked:

"If we in the gay community know we are frequent targets, why do we overwhelmingly oppose laws that protect our right to defend ourselves? Why do I find myself, at party after party, defending my decision to work for the NRA? Why does my wanting to own a firearm make some gay people I meet accuse me of being self-hating? Why is a community that prides itself on inclusion and tolerance so intolerant toward the Second Amendment, the NRA and those who believe in the right to self-defense?"

Following the Orlando Pulse shooting, Gwendolyn Patton, speaker for Pink Pistols -- gay gun rights organization -- urged gay Americans not fall into the trap of blaming guns for the attack, saying, "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."