The Pink Pistols, a national gun club that is geared toward the LGBT community, saw a spike in membership immediately after the Orlando attacks, according to a report by KDVR. Gun sales in the Orlando region rose as well, obviously as a reaction by those who wish to defend themselves from future attacks.
“Armed queers don’t get bashed,” says the mission statement on the group’s website. “The Pink Pistols are the ones who have decided to no longer be safe targets.”
The day before the attacks, the club had approximately 1500 members. By Monday June 13, membership had grown to more than 3500, according to the report.
There was a corresponding increase in gun sales, the story says, to a clientele not normally seen in gun shops: LGBT gun buyers.
Colorado Springs shooting instructor Mike Smith has been keeping track of the increase in the sales to those in the LGBT community. “I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s will to say ‘I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,'” Smith told KDVR.
Business is “three to four times what we normally have” at this time of year, said George Horne, owner of a Denver gun shop, in the story. “We’re not surprised by it.”