“We arrived at the gun show and stepped into a different world. I lost count of how many confederate flags I saw within the first five minutes of entering the building. I passed a booth that had a “Who wants to play cowboys and Muslims?” sticker proudly displayed. I perused a case exhibiting lighters with Nazi insignia on them. I was in a building full of the people on this earth who frighten me most, surrounded by weapons of all sorts.
After about an hour of searching, I found the gun I had come to get: A Glock 42. It took me less time and effort to fill out the paperwork and walk out of the building with something designed specifically to kill than it took me to get on birth control, my antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medication…
In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think shooting another to save just my life is worth it. But were I in a position to do something that would prevent an occurrence like the Orlando massacre with my tiny gun, I think I would take one life if it meant saving many more. I don’t quite know how to make the decision to kill another human being, but I hope I could in the moment.”
— Non-feminine-presenting lesbian Bree Schmidt writing about her recent gun purchase after the Orlando Shooting. Schmidt says that she’s been harassed by a “concerned citizen” trying to kick her out of women’s restrooms, been spat at by an old man and had “DYKE!” screamed at her by a frat boy driving by.
After the shooting, the gay gun group Pink Pistols issued a statement asking people not to blame guns. The National Rifle Association has not issued any statement since the shooting. A writer with Slate.com hopes that the Orlando shooting will cause an LGBTQ movement to reform U.S. firearm regulations.