Remember last year’s Operation Blazing Sword? For some reason I always think Operation Flaming Sword, which may be a bit flippant on my part and certainly complicates the archive search. But yeah, in the wake of that big gay club shootup last year a new meme emerged…
…which struck me as a pretty damned good idea. In fact I signed up as a volunteer instructor, not that I expected to get any takers. It wasn’t a foxhole conversion, I’ve always maintained that there’s a natural connect between gun rights and gay rights. To the extent that gun owners can be identified/demonized/dismissed as “traditionally right-wing conservative,” an interest in armed self-defense can be suppressed among the “traditionally left-wing progressive.” The tactic of divide and rule works well, wherever its victims allow it to.
I stopped hearing about Operation Blazing Sword after a while, such things do most commonly fade away. But that doesn’t mean they were bad ideas. And as Firehand points out, there are certainly at least some gays who have gotten the point.
I think someone was referring to situations like this as Gun Culture v.3. Maybe v.4. People with no previous experience with firearms, including lots of millenials, gays, minorities, and women, discovering that
If you’re really concerned about being bashed, being armed is generally a Good Thing.
And, I think a big one with a lot more people anymore,
Lots of control-freak politicians really don’t like you owning them. Therefore, learning to shoot, and maybe even buying a gun, is another Good Thing.