The Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club, which began last year, has a group of 18 members who meet once a month to shoot targets and clays and they all have something in common—they’re all part of the LGBTQ community and most are just learning about guns.
According to this story from the New York Daily News, the one chapter in upstate New York is not alone, there’s another Trigger Warning chapter in Atlanta and Jake Allen, 27, who helped form the group, said he’s received inquiries from people in at least 10 other cities.
“So-called leftists see the country differently now than the days of Occupy Wall Street six years ago, said Mark Bray, author of ‘Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook’ and a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.’”
“Back then we were sitting in parks, twinkling (sic) our fingers and talking about economic inequality,” he said in the story. “Now we’re talking about firearms and self-defense.”
The story says Trigger Warning members are anxious about armed and organized extremist groups who seem increasingly emboldened as of late and have started their club to teach members how to defend themselves.
“It’s a way to assert our strength. Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as being defenseless, and I thin in many ways this pushes back against that,” Allen said. “And i want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”