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Dallas Pink Pistols launched

Discussion in 'Activism' started by AndyC, Aug 8, 2007.

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  1. AndyC

    AndyC Member

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    A friend of mine opened a chapter of the Pink Pistols here in Dallas - I'll be volunteering my time in teaching:

    The Pink Pistols is an organization that encourages and teaches sexual minorities to safely and legally carry firearms for use in self-defense. (Armed gays don't get bashed...) It isn't just for gays, of course - the sexual minority community includes homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered or transexual folk, polyamorous persons, BDSM practioners - and friends and family of sexual minorities who want to support every individual's right to self defense.

    Website: http://dallas.pinkpistols.org
    Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dallaspinkpistols/
     
  2. MartinS

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    Most excellent. Good Luck.
     
  3. SaMx

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    Good job and good luck! :)
     
  4. obxned

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    Glad to hear it!
     
  5. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

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    I'll help out if needed, when I can. Might even get my wife to as well.

    Mentioned this at THR/DFW yet?

    Regards,
    Rabbit.
     
  6. bearmgc

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    Good for them, and all of us. Proficiency in self defense I'm sure will decrease victimization.
     
  7. AndyC

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    Thanks very much - what's THR/DFW?
     
  8. AndyC

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    First, Pink Pistols accepts anyone - it's not only for sexual minorities. As an example, I'm straight - but I back anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves and I'm happy to pass along what I've learned over the years. I don't see any discrimination there.

    Second, is there anything wrong with people having groups of like-minded people? Freedom of association and all that - and I know of people who were assaulted solely because of their choice of partner, nothing else. From the Pink Pistols FAQ:

     
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  9. Blackfork

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    Pink Pistols

    Anyone who shoots is my friend. Anyone who doesn't shoot is regarded as unproven.
     
  10. AndyC

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    I found this quote, which seems to be appropriate:

     
  11. AndyC

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    I'm not angry in the slightest - I thought your post was amusing :D

    My first post was - and subsequent responses were - meant to highlight that Pink Pistols is not only for gays.

    "Lack of information" - ok, please allow me to highlight the sections that you apparently skipped over:

    And please stop with the ad hominem attacks as to my emotional state; I'm not going to bother suggesting what that says about you.
     
  12. jlbraun

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    AndyC, good luck.

    Heterosexuals are of course welcome at all Pink Pistols meetings. From the original post:

    I would suggest that you find a local chapter of PP and attend a meeting if you wish to learn more.

    http://www.pinkpistols.org/local.html
     
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    Good luck with the new chapter!
     
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    Andy, THR/DFW is the Yahoo Dallas THR local collective. I think you're a member.

    Oh, and by the way, I simply like helping folks with their right of self reliance and self determination. And I'm about as far to 'straight' as it gets. I support Pink Pistols. GLBT? Feh. We're all human.That's enough of a classification as far as I'm concerned.

    Regards,
    Rabbit.
     
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  16. AndyC

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    We have the same philosophy then, friend ;)
     
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    Sounds like a good organization. Nobody deserves to be victimized.

    Just my .02,
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    Andy - good on ya. :)

    I just posted this thread's URL to the group.
     
  19. TechBrute

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    I'm supportive of everyone's right to shoot. By catering to a certain group, you will likely gain a more loyal base within that group, but alienate other. Every group has its place, but shouldn't be surprised if people outside that group are indifferent.

    Feel free to speak up on our local Yahoo group, the one Richard mentioned. There's a link in my signiture. We haven't been very active as far as getting together as a large group lately, but there's a fairly tight knit core group that manages to get out and shoot some now and then.

    I suppose it goes without saying that anyone is welcome.
     
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    The "gun rights" core in this country has been conservative, native English-speaking white guys (go to an NRA meeting in you local town and look and listen). Unless you are deaf and blind, you have to be aware this is a shrinking demographic relative to the entire population--and this AIN'T changing, people. So, if gun rights are going to be preserved, we are going to need new allies, so I say bring on Pink Pistols, Brown Pistols, Black Pistols and a whole rainbow coalition of pistols (sorry, Rev. Jesse).

    It is easy to say "well, why does this minority need their own group?", but if you listen to some of things conservative, native English-speaking white guys tend to routinely say about gays, for example, it is little wonder that they might be more comfortable in their own group. Also, purely from a political perspective, I think it is cool that there is a "gay" gun rights group--I think it increases the opportunities for inroads into that community, and shows that gun rights are not a monolithic issue.

    Bottom line: this is a good thing for all concerned.
     
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    Personally, I support any pro-IIA group out there. Also, the previous NRA president was Sandy Froman, a Jewish, Harvard-educated attorney from San Francisco, which I thought was a fantastic move on the part of the NRA to diversify its membership base and appeal to other groups.

    I think that any efforts to diversify and expand the pro-IIA crowd are outstanding. I'm tired of firearm owners being stereotyped, and diversifying our support base is the quickest way to dispel these stereotypes.

    Most people, when they think of pro-IIA individuals, picture the "evil" NRA led by Charleton Heston and a bunch of "evil" old white men from the boonies (not that being an old white man from a rural area is a bad thing, and no, I don't support affirmative action). I'd like to show the world that we are diverse, from all ages, all races, all education levels, and that we are in essence a civil rights group fighting for the protection of our Constitutional rights.

    In other words, I'd like for the right to keep and bear arms to cross all boundaries (as it should) in the eyes of the average American. If we can alter the negative stereotype of firearm owners and members of pro-gun organizations like the NRA, then that will be a huge step in the right direction. Image is unfortunately important in today's society, and our image is not portrayed well by the extremely biased and anti-gun media. Groups like the pink pistols might help change that for the better.
     
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    Political activism.

    From what I have read the Pink Pistols intent is to be politically active to support and enhance gun rights for all people. You gotta love that. Most folks sit on their rears and let other folks carry the load. TSRA, for instance, is notoriously deficient in Texas hunters. TSRA ran a one-page ad in the Texas State Hunting regulations book for a couple of years and got ZERO response.

    This is a group to be welcomed and celebrated in the shooting community. They say they will put their money and energy on the line for the values I believe in.

    Hope we get some of them in the TSRA. Alice Tripp, the lobbiest will be glad to hear from any of them.
     
  23. mmike87

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    Everyone has the right to protect themselves. We need new shooters from all walks of life, and all are welcome IMO. Hats off to you sir for actually doing something for our cause where others frequently just talk about it.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Good for them...
     
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    I, like others on this board, support every human beings right to self defense. Like Oleg says, "Self defense, it's a basic human right".
     
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