The Liberal Gun Club (LGC) is an emerging gun rights organization with leaders who voted for Hillary Clinton yet refuse to give up their guns.LGC sees guns the same way they see abortion, contending that government attempts to ban either are wrong.
According to ABC News, the LGC has roughly 7,500 members in chapters throughout the nation.
Lara Smith, president of the California LGC chapter, said, “I’m a liberal. I voted for Hillary Clinton. But I’m a strong Second Amendment supporter.”
She added, “I see everybody else’s views as inconsistent. Abortion and gun rights are the flip side of the same issue. If you’re for banning one and not the other there’s a real inherent inconsistency in there. My view is that neither of them should be banned. I’m arguing that I’m more liberal than even my liberal friends. The liberal view on most things is, I might not like it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to ban it.”
Shemira Fermon, a member of LGC, approaches the topic by asking how many other freedoms Americans would give up if gun rights were taken away. She said, “The government says, ‘Hey we’re going to change this so everybody has to give up their guns.’ What else is going to be next?”
Fermon added, “I have an issue, and trust issues in general with law enforcement. Now you’re telling me what little slim chance of protection I had is now gone, and is given to people that I don’t trust at all. How is that fair?”
Lara Smith believes Pres. Trump responded to the Texas church attack correctly by refusing to blame guns for the horrendous crime. She said, “These guns existed way before this increase in mass shooting,”
Other groups that are not necessarily conservative in their political leanings have also emerged in the wake of mass public attacks during the past few years. One of the most prominent is the Pink Pistols, which garnered national attention with their calls for the gay community to arm up for self-defense in the wake of the Orlando Pulse attack.
Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton said, “We teach queers to shoot and we teach the world we did it.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org