15 March 2008

Is Gun Control A Gay Issue?

B. Daniel Blatt posits that loosening restrictions on firearms ownership would help prevent gays and lesbians from becoming the victims of hate crimes.

"The national gay groups, never eager to be out of sync with the agenda of the American left, would likely not be willing to promote the responsible use of firearms, an issue associated with conservatives and the GOP. I could find no reference to gun rights on the website of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In 2004, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force “expressed concern” that Vice President Cheney was delivering the keynote address at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Their release included quotes from several groups critical of the NRA and firearms.

"These groups didn’t consider the fact that gay people use firearms to defend themselves against hate crimes. Instead of addressing the firearms issue, HRC President Joe Solmonese claimed the attack in New Beford was a reminder of the need for a federal hate crimes law. What he didn’t mention was that Massachusetts, the state where the attack occurred, already has hate crimes legislation on the books.

Funny how those things are left out of the debate. See what I mean when I constantly poitn out intellectual dishonesty? Then Blatt adds this nugget to the mix:

"The problem with such laws is that they only deter law-abiding citizens from owning firearms. Just as Massachusetts hate crime statutes didn’t prevent Robida from singling out a gay bar for attack, gun laws didn’t stop Robida from acquiring a weapon and using it there."

Thought-provoking, to say the least.

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