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There are two polar-opposite positions regarding the Second Amendment currently being pushed in the gay community. One points to the June 12, 2016, Orlando Pulse attack as evidence for why gun control is needed now. This position—espoused by popular LGBT magazine The Advocate, among others—encourages the view that lawmakers should target guns that were legally purchased as well as guns that are illegal.

The second position holds that members of the LGBTQ community need to quit blaming guns for crime and start arming themselves for self-defense. This is the view held by the Pink Pistols, a gun rights group in the gay community that quickly responded to the Pulse attack by warning people not to blame the actions of the attacker on the guns he used to carry out his horrific machinations.

In contrasting these two views, it is easy to see the shortsightedness of pursuing more gun control when compared to the rationale of buying a gun and learning how to use it effectively to defend oneself.

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Consider The Advocate’s position: A recent column clearly states that “guns are the problem.” Not just illegal guns and criminal use of said guns, but also guns that are “legally obtained.”

The columnists went so far as to say:

 

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