Gun Ownership in LGBT Community Continues Surge Under Trump

The surge in gun ownership among LGBT community members that began after the June 12, 2016, Orlando Pulse attack has continued and even grown during the first months of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Haaretz reports, “The latest hate-crime wave, following the June 2016 mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, has brought a new kind of person to the gun culture – young and liberal gay people, many of them non-white. They’re now standing side by side with straight white conservative men at shooting ranges.”

The Orlando Pulse nightclub was a gun-free zone and the attack on it was carried out by an Islamist with two guns; a rifle and a handgun. He passed background checks for both guns and a three-day waiting period for the handgun, proving once more that gun control is no hindrance to determined attackers. Many in the LGBT community came away from the attack awakened to this fact and to the reality that they were going to have to take self-defense into their own hands–literally…. continue reading

‘The Walking Dead’ Is A Defense Of Gun Ownership

As a tyrant whose subjects would rather face hordes of flesh-eating zombies than live under him, Negan finds it necessary to take one particular step with each new subject. He disarms them.

As longtime fans of AMC long-running smash hit “The Walking Dead” know, the show isn’t so much about zombies as it is about how the living interact with each other as they attempt to survive and deal with the chaos of their world, a world that once looked like ours.

My wife and I have followed Rick Grimes and his band of survivors through thick and thin. It’s always fascinating to explore with the writers of the show how people, particularly strangers, interact with each other in the absence of law and order, steady employment, stability, security, even the knowledge of what one is going to eat the next day. Certainly, as one of the season promo posters eloquently stated, in such a world one would find it necessary to “fight the dead” but “fear the living.”

Of course, while such an apocalyptic scenario would likely never occur in real life (Chinese electromagnetic pulse or financial collapse? Maybe. Zombies? Not so much), one of the appeals to watching this genre is the thrill of suspending our disbelief and placing ourselves in the characters’ shoes. What would we do? In a similar situation, would we be as brave, as unwavering, as strong as the particular character we identify with?

We get the luxury of dancing around the edges of what such fear would be like, without actually experiencing it for ourselves. But what about when that manufactured fear punches just a little too close to home?

We All Face Tyranny In Some Form

That brings us to the latest mid-season cliffhanger, as Grimes and company face their biggest challenge so far. It’s not the dead, but Negan and his band of Saviors, hell-bent on conquering the world in the name of finding Negan as much, as he puts it, “sh-t” as one human being could possibly own, or something.

Without giving away any major spoilers, Negan is a typical tyrant, but devoid of pomp, circumstance, or the trappings of “officiality.” As such, his brand of tyranny is raw and unencumbered by any checks, balances, or pretenses of civilization. In his apocalyptic world, he is a leather jacket and T-shirt-wearing Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, wielding a barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat just in case you manage to forget he could beat your brains out anytime he takes a notion.

He has goons, not armies, but he conquers all the same. The people he subjugates pay him in scavenged goods, not taxes, but it’s still theft because what he does with his loot does nothing to better the lives of the subjects forced to pay it, save keep them alive to serve him. Negan promises to restore “order” to an unraveled world, but at what cost?

So, as his influence finally reaches the world Grimes previously led, something has to give. Presently, thanks to a military “conquest” of sorts, Negan’s Saviors have the upper hand, and Rick’s band find themselves virtual slaves on the land they once owned and worked freely. As a tyrant whose subjects would mostly rather face hordes of flesh-eating zombies than live under him, Negan finds it necessary to take one particular, logical step with each new person he conquers. He disarms them….

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