This is why gays needs guns

Gays Guns SBS Viceland

We know a lot about America. Their president is scary, their gun politics are even scarier and the fact that fact year, 52 people were murdered because they identified as LGBTIQ+[1] is abhorrent.

That’s why ‘The Pink Pistols‘ exist.

Given the number of gay hate crime acts in the US has never been higher, there’s a growing legion of people who identify as LGBTIQ+ fighting back with bullets. Some call them the ‘GAY NRA’, but more affectionately, ‘The Pink Pistols’ will do.

They explicitly advocate the exercise of Second Amendment rights for self-protection – that thing Americans are nuts about – but for good cause.

This year on SBS Viceland, in a story around the fact it’s now two years since 49 people were shot and killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Walkley nominated investigative journalist for The Feed and host of SBS’s Mardi Gras broadcast, Patrick Abboud, takes to the camera in unprecedented access to The Pink Pistols in a special half-hour documentary.

With more than 45 chapters across the US and at least 10,000 shooters, the organisation – under the slogan ‘pick on someone your own calibre’ – say they are one of the most rapidly growing pro-gun groups in the US.

March for Our Lives put America’s gun problem in perspective like never before, when thousands of school students flooded the streets nationwide urging lawmakers to heed their calls and enact stricter gun laws. But The Pink Pistols don’t necessarily want tighter gun control. Their motivation to bear arms stems from the continued surge in hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ Americans. 

On the whole, The Pink Pistols are everything you wouldn’t typically associate with gun-toting Americans.

“We are arming up to fight back against violent homophobia with serious firepower,” says Piper Smith, Leader of the largest chapter of The Pink Pistols in San Diego.

Gays & Guns premieres Tuesday 12 June at 7.30pm on SBS VICELAND and on SBS at 10pm. The program is available after broadcast anytime, on your favourite device via SBS On Demand.