Pink Pistols, LGBT gun-rights group, sees membership spike after Orlando attack

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This cannot make the statists happy. From The Washington Times

A nationwide gun club geared towards the LGBT community has reportedly seen its membership more than double following Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Pink Pistols, a 16-year-old organization that boasts dozens of chapters nationwide, went from having about 1,500 members Saturday to 3,500 Monday — an exponential increase that occurred in the immediate aftermath of the

Sunday morning massacre that left 49 patrons of Pulse nightclub dead and dozens more injured, Denver’s Fox News affiliate reported Thursday.

On its website, the group says its “dedicated to the legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community,” and currently boasts 45 branches in 21 states. According to Fox, however, “dozens” of new chapters are being launched, including one in nearby Colorado Springs.

“I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” said Mike Smith, a heterosexual firearms instructor who told the Fox affiliate that he felt compelled to help the LGBT community in the wake of this weekend’s tragedy.

“You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me,” he said. “I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”