"We are just approaching the problem of violence against our community differently."
The Pink Pistols is an LGBT firearm advocacy group with chapters scattered all around the United States. Members need not be LGBT, only LGBT friendly.
With the recent outbreak of gun violence across the United States, especially the June 12 attack inside Pulse night club in Orlando, some politicians are calling for more restrictive measures when it comes to firearms.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has said if elected she will not only create more restrictive laws against firearms, but, “Keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) stands firm in defending the Second Amendment, as do the Pink Pistols.
Although the Pink Pistols are not affiliated with the NRA, they have worked with them in past.
The San Diego chapter has fallen “out of touch” for a few years, but they are back and growing in numbers. They hope to re-establish themselves with the national registry in the near future.
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out Paige Biron, one of the San Diego administrators to answer a few questions about the organization and the current state of firearm awareness.
A recent report states that gay and lesbian people have been purchasing firearms in record numbers, but Biron says, “There is no way to determine this.”
Biron also says that there is no way to tell if an increase in firearm sales actually decreases gun crimes.
“Every situation is different,” she said. “There is no way to really determine this. Avoided crimes are less likely to be reported to the police. Anecdotally, firearms have helped.”
Politicians who are pro-gun control have suggested that making changes to the Constitution such as regulating the sale or ownership of firearms is the answer.
This doesn’t sit well with Biron personally, “I can only speak for myself,” she said. “Changes to Amendments are very difficult. I feel existing laws provide adequate protections. However, these laws need better enforcement.”
The community, still reeling from the events that happened in Orlando, feel that gun violence against LGBT community must be stopped, but don't support organizations such as The Pink Pistols.
“We are still your brothers and sisters,” Biron says. ”We are just approaching the problem of violence against our community differently."
She continues to say she sees guns as sporting goods, and that there are better ways for personal security.
However, she does say if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to use your gun, be prepared to face the consequences.
"State laws cover use of deadly force," she said. "Anyone who pulls a trigger better be ready to explain it to a jury."
The firearm debate will likely continue to be a hot button issue especially during this election year.
Last June the Senate voted down four restrictive gun bills, even after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
With organizations such as the NRA and Pink Pistols representing the pro-gun stance, anti-gun advocates will have to work harder both in legislation and the polls.