Commenters on the Orlando shooting have been calling for more gun control. But now, in the aftermath of the attack, many gays are arming themselves for self-defense.
In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, gun retailers say business is booming, particularly with gay and lesbian clientele.
“We’re not surprised by it,” George Horne, owner of a Denver firearms dealer, told KDVR.
The Pink Pistols, an international club for gay and lesbian gun owners, report seeing membership jump from around 1,500 members to 3,500 by Monday.
Gwendolyn Patton, first speaker of the club, said the group is working to prevent tragedies such as the one at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where alleged gunman Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people and wounded 53 more. The incident Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law.” Patton said in a statement.
Meanwhile, gay neighborhoods in West Hollywood are flying a new flag.