SMART: LGBTQ gun club hits range in NY

It’s never too late to want to defend yourself.

Lore McSpadden never touched a gun before the Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club started this past year. Now McSpadden is among the shooters routinely yelling, “Pull!” and blasting at clay pigeons angling over a mowed field near Rochester.

“It’s a way to assert our strength,” said Jake Allen, 27, who helped form the group. “Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as being defenseless, and I think in many ways this pushes back against that. And I want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”

I’m not sure what being a pacifist has to do with defending yourself and not wanting to be the victim of a crime. In fact, a case can be made gun owners being pacifists as we look to de-escalate the situation rather than escalate it. Deadly force is supposed to be the very last resort.

“I identified as a pacifist really through most of my life,” said McSpadden, 37, who has attended a self-defense seminar and now owns a 20-gauge shotgun.

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