QUESTION: Should We Bear Arms To Protect Ourselves From Gay Bashings?

There are 45 comments on the www.queerty.com story from Sep 4, 2013, titled QUESTION: Should We Bear Arms To Protect Ourselves From Gay Bashings?. In it, www.queerty.com reports that:

The summer of 2013 has been a frightening one for LGBT people, bookended by horrific acts of violence against members of our community.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#21 Sep 5, 2013
I think the real issue is gays being victimized because we are too often viewed as an easy target.

A few lethal shootings in self defense can do wonders to change that perception.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#22 Sep 5, 2013
Homophobes are not necessarily hardened criminals
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They are more on the order of hardened social misfits; in other words; 'bullies gone wild'. They are actually semi-intelligent; so it doesn't take much to freeze them in their tracks or send them running
.
An effective way to seriously reduce your vulnerability when you are walking through dangerous territory is to already be fake-talking to the police on your cellphone until you reach a safe destination
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Pre-enter 911 and keep your finger on the send button just in case
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911 records the attack and tracks your cellphone's location even if you get knocked out or killed
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The beauty of this is 911 records homophobic slurs (ethnic slurs; racial slurs; etc) to confirm the attack as a hate crime; an added bonus
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Guns can't do that

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#23 Sep 5, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Personally I often carry a gun for protection, even though I've never had to use it; though I did pull it out once when I felt threatened- and of course the cockroaches immediately ran like hell.
If you DO choose to carry a gun, please make sure you are qualified & trained. A gun in the hands of an untrained individual is a greater danger to themselves than any attacker.
I agree. Good post !
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#24 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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You still have a right to own one. All you need is the proper license. And teh license is only denied if you have a criminal record.
It's also perfectly legal to own "military weapons" such as automatic rifles, semi-automatic rifles, cannons, howitzers, tanks, and other assorted weapons that are generally thought of as "military" weapons.
Ok then; 'OWN' one; dammit! lol!
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For the streets; schools; and the public to be safe; the govenment should require citizens to store their guns in government armories; just like in the military
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Whenever you check your gun out of the armory; you will be wearing an ankle bracelet transmitter. Check your gun back into the armory; ankle bracelet removed
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Anyone caught toting a gun without an ankle bracelet will automatically serve 25 years in federal prison without due process
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There!
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Constitution intact; problem solved!
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Grab another beer and be happy ;o))

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#25 Sep 5, 2013
Carry a 40mm Bofors gun with you at all times to ward of possible assailants.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#26 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
Carry a 40mm Bofors gun with you at all times to ward of possible assailants.
You would need a running start to get it through the door at a school building or theater; but it certainly fits your personality to a tee
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v722/Panzer...

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#27 Sep 5, 2013
Rainbow Kid wrote:
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You would need a running start to get it through the door at a school building or theater; but it certainly fits your personality to a tee
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v722/Panzer...
It was a joke.

ROFL !

I'm into military hardware, and I wondered if anybody here knew what it was or would take a few seconds to look it up.

LOL

:)

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#28 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
It is your RIGHT to bear a firearm to protect yourself and your loved ones.
I'm IN FAVOR of people availing themselves of their SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT to bear a firearm (pistol, rifle, shotgun, semi-automatic rifle, machine gun, etc.).
I'll take the machine gun.
Christsharian Law

Philadelphia, PA

#29 Sep 5, 2013
Owning and carrying a gun if you think you will actually use it is a losing proposition, statistically. Even away from the vagaries of the street, homes with guns are statistically less safe than homes without. This is because most gun deaths come from gun suicides, guns in domestic disputes and gun accidents combined.

And that's at home...not having to deal with the uncertainty and rapidity of events out on the street.

And think of the criminal and civil legalities you'd have to get through...even if you did absolutely nothing wrong in using a gun to protect yourself. This stuff goes on for months, hundred thousand in legal bills, easy.

The best thing is to be sober and be alert enough to spot and group of bashers at least a block away.

Having said all that, though, one or two high profile cases of an intended victim of a gay bashing shooting the assailants would put everyone on notice that there is risk in gay bashing.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#30 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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It was a joke.
ROFL !
I'm into military hardware, and I wondered if anybody here knew what it was or would take a few seconds to look it up.
LOL
:)
Thank you very much
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As a BornGay Superhuman; I take my duties seriously

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#31 Sep 5, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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I'll take the machine gun.
Carrying one is not really practical, and I don't advocate anyone doing so, except for carrying one to a shooting range, or other such suitable facility.

One of the things I found surprising and unexpected after my move from Long Island here to southern Arizona, were these small clusters of metal boxes on stands, outside some government offices, and other places here. They resemble small mailboxes where you go to retrieve your mail on your block (they deliver your mail to your street, but not to your door here like they do in New York), but obviously they are not. Being from Long Island, I was mystified as to what their purpose was.

Soon after moving to this house, I went downtown to the water company and some other offices, to establish utility services at this house. I stopped in the city offices to conduct some business and I asked what those little mailbox-like boxes were for.

I was very surprised when the city worker said to me, "That is where you place your gun before coming into the office."

DEFINITELY NOT like New York.

LOL

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#32 Sep 5, 2013
Rainbow Kid wrote:
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Sure its OK to own a firearm; Danny Boi
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But if you hurt somebody with it; YOU go to jail
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Not to mention the victim sues your trigger-happy a$$ for his/her medical expenses; pain; suffering; and loss of income
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So the best thing for you to do is stab your attacker with an icicle
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After the icicle melts; the murder weapon no longer exists; no fingerprints; no DNA; no nothing; not a trace
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Just a screechy homophobe with an extra hole
In this state....Missouri... they MUST BE IN YOUR HOUSE for you to shoot them. Shoot them outside....you lose!

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#33 Sep 5, 2013
I would stock myself with pepper spray if I knew where to buy it! Haven't ever been attacked, but I would want to be ready if I was out sometime.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#34 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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Carrying one is not really practical, and I don't advocate anyone doing so, except for carrying one to a shooting range, or other such suitable facility.
One of the things I found surprising and unexpected after my move from Long Island here to southern Arizona, were these small clusters of metal boxes on stands, outside some government offices, and other places here. They resemble small mailboxes where you go to retrieve your mail on your block (they deliver your mail to your street, but not to your door here like they do in New York), but obviously they are not. Being from Long Island, I was mystified as to what their purpose was.
Soon after moving to this house, I went downtown to the water company and some other offices, to establish utility services at this house. I stopped in the city offices to conduct some business and I asked what those little mailbox-like boxes were for.
I was very surprised when the city worker said to me, "That is where you place your gun before coming into the office."
DEFINITELY NOT like New York.
LOL
I'll go for a nice old BAR.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#35 Sep 5, 2013
Seriously, I like to do it like this.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#37 Sep 5, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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I'll go for a nice old BAR.
I'm not sure if anybody still uses the BAR.

One of the interesting (and stupid) things about the BAR was that it was designed and produced during World War I and it was such a GREAT rifle that the U.S. Army refused to issue them to their soldiers because they were so afraid they would fall into the hands of Germany. So they were never issued in World War I despite a huge stockpile of them.

they WERE issued to troops during World War II though and saw service throughout the war and beyond.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#38 Sep 5, 2013
For personal protection, I thing a semi-automatic pistol in .25, .38 or 9mm caliber is fine.
Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#39 Sep 5, 2013
Owning a gun increases the chances of you or loved ones being hurt or killed by a gun.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#40 Sep 5, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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I'm not sure if anybody still uses the BAR.
One of the interesting (and stupid) things about the BAR was that it was designed and produced during World War I and it was such a GREAT rifle that the U.S. Army refused to issue them to their soldiers because they were so afraid they would fall into the hands of Germany. So they were never issued in World War I despite a huge stockpile of them.
they WERE issued to troops during World War II though and saw service throughout the war and beyond.
The WWII used .30-06 Springfield cartridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1918_Browning_A...

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#41 Sep 5, 2013
Rick in Kansas wrote:
I believe that we should avail ourselves of all legal means of protection. Enroll in a self-defense class. Always carry some form of non-lethal protection and even if you never own a gun, learn how to use them.
Absolutely.

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