Pink Pistols is an American national arms club for homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals. The organisation has seen a doubling of memberships after the shooting at a gay club in Orlando.
Bash Back and Pink Pistols are two American gay organisations that are defending themselves against homophobia referring to the Second Amendment of the US constitution that states that everyone is allowed to carry firearms to defend themselves.
After the shooting in Orlando, the organisation Pink Pistols called on the gay community to purchase a gun, immediately resulting in more members - from 1,500 before the shooting to 3,500 on the Monday after the shooting. In the following week, another 1,000 joined, which makes the total number of members almost 5,000.
Pink Pistols' spokeswoman Gwendolyn Patton stated that never before was the interest in the right to bear arms so great within the gay community. The Pink Pistols organisation was founded in 2000 by authors Jonathan Rauch, who called on homosexuals to make use of the Second Amendment to protect themselves against perpetrators of homophobic violence.
According to the FBI, 1,600 hate crimes against homosexuals take place in the US on a yearly basis. This is only the tip of the iceberg, as not every attack is reported as a homophobic hate crime. In their own words, the Pink Pistols are fighting the perpetrators of these crimes. According to the group, the number of LGBT attacks will decrease if people know that a large number of homosexuals, lesbians, and bisexuals carry a gun.
Gays Against Guns Take to the Streets
Gays Against Guns plays a different tune. Shortly after the shooting of July 12, the group Gays Against Guns New York was founded. The group participated in New York´s Gay Pride with nearly 800 members. Meanwhile, there are plans to found similar groups in San Diego, Chicago, Washington DC, and other large cities.
Of the group participating in the Pride, 49 members wore white t-shirts commemorating the 49 fatalities of the June 12 shootings. According to a spokesperson of the organisation, the focus is on immediate action by the American government on making the Arms Act stricter. The group is also regularly organising actions near political bodies, organisations, and offices near the Senate and the House of Representatives. The organisation is extremely disappointed in the fact that the government is not taking measures to change the Arms Act, making it easy for even terrorists to buy a weapon because of a Republican majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives and the gun lobby.
Shooter Not Gay
The perpetrator of the shooting in the Orlando gay club was not bisexual or homosexual. According to the FBI, Omar Mateen was neither bisexual nor homosexual and never had sex dates with men. According to the restricted FBI file there is no evidence that Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in the gay club Pulse in Orlando Florida and was killed himself, was a homosexual as other media suggested. The FBI does pose that Mateen was an extremist and sympathetic to Islamic State, to which he was not affiliated.
The FBI also does not believe the store of some Miguel, claiming he had a brief sexual relation with Mateen. The FBI met with this Miquel three times and considers him to be a liar. Claims by others that Mateen was leading a secret gay life were rejected by the FBI. After thorough research, no photos, data or location data, no gay website links or gay apps were found that could have proven he led such a double life. The only proof that was found is the fact that Mateen was sympathetic to Islamic State, but was never in touch with hem, and therefore was not acting under their orders.