Pink Pistols

The Pink Pistols are a gay gun rights organization in the United States and Canada. 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 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 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 issues that is mutually exclusive and a variety of other pro-gun organizations exist for groups not typically associated with gun rights.

Pink Pistols’ activities include firing range visits and political activism. The group occasionally produces report cards on politicians, rating their position on issues of interest to members. According to pinkpistols.org: ‘The Pink Pistols get together at least once a month at local firing ranges to practice shooting, and to acquaint people new to firearms with them. We will help you select a firearm, acquire a permit, and receive proper training in its safe and legal use for self-defense. The more people know that members of our community may be armed, the less likely they will be to single us out for attack.’

The Pink Pistol’s symbol consists of an overhead view of a picto-person aiming a handgun in an isosceles stance super-imposed on a pink triangle. The pink triangle, now a gay pride and gay rights symbol, was originally a badge that homosexual concentration camp victims were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

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