Doug “Krikket” Krick, Founder, Passes Away at 48

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA) October 23, 2018: There is sad news for the Pink Pistols. Doug Krick, known to his friends as “Krikket”, passed away last week. His mother, Anne Shutters Krick, announced on October 21, that her son Doug has taken his own life. She blames depression as the reason for her son’s death.

Doug had overcome many obstacles, according to his mother. He had battled with alcoholism, had managed to lose a lot of weight, and managed to keep a job even during the difficult times. But it seems that depression took its toll, and Doug took his life.

“I have known Krikket since the late 80’s,” says Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker Emeritus of the Pink Pistols and Operation Blazing Sword board member. “I used to help run science fiction conventions with him. When Newsweek ran an article on the Pink Pistols in 2000, I saw he was one of the founders. I contacted him to congratulate him, and he invited me to start a chapter here in the Philadelphia area. The Delaware Valley chapter is still running to this day. Doug changed the course of my life, and the lives of countless others. He helped make us safer by encouraging us to take control of that safety personally, individually. We are diminished without him.”

His mother states on her Facebook page: “While the last few days have been unbearably hard and I never knew I had so many tears, there have also been lots of reasons to smile as we look back at happy memories and times spent with Doug.” His obituary asks that people make donations in lieu of flowers. It can be found at https://www.dupagecremations.com/obituary/Douglas-Lyle-Krick/Rosemont-IL/1819388

“I respected him and cared for him,” says Patton. “To me, he was ‘La Fondinto’, The Founder. I did my best to follow in his footsteps when he passed Pink Pistols to me, and I in my turn safeguarded Doug’s legacy the best I could, so his dream would continue. That’s my gift to Doug — that those he helped to safeguard will continue to be protected in the future.”

His obituary invites those who knew Doug “to join family and friends to celebrate Doug’s life and proclaim the victory of Christ over death at the memorial service on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187. There will be a visitation from 9-11am, service at 11am and a light luncheon will follow.”

The Pink Pistols mourns the passing of one of their Founders, and will do their best to keep his memory and his legacy alive.

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World’s Largest LGBTQ Pro-Gun Group Forms

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (Sept 23, 2018) – The 33rd Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2018) in Chicago became the site of a historic announcement for the LGBTQ community. The Pink Pistols – the nation’s first pro-gay, pro-gun group – is joining forces with Operation Blazing Sword, a program dedicated to firearm education, training and support for the LGBTQ community. This merger results in the creation of the single largest queer pro-gun group in history. In further news, Gwendolyn Patton, legendary First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, has been succeeded by Erin Palette, the Founder of Operation Blazing Sword. Ms. Palette will serve as Coordinator for both factions of the newly-formed LGBTQ Super Group.

Founded in 2000, Pink Pistols had a simple mission: “We teach queer people to shoot. Then we teach others that we have done so.” Beyond training, the Pistols also successfully filed numerous amicus briefs in high profile cases. Their membership at the time of merging was estimated to be 30,000 across North America.

Operation Blazing Sword was formed in response to the Pulse Massacre of June 12, 2016. Led by Erin Palette, this fresh platform provides members of the grossly under-served LGBTQ community with access to education in safe firearms handling as well as encouragement to obtain Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permits where legal. At the time of its merger, Operation Blazing Sword was powered by 1,600 volunteer instructors from all walks of life – conservative, liberal, straight, queer, transgender, and cisgender.
During her acceptance speech, Ms. Palette recalled the early days of Pink Pistols, when being outed as queer often resulted in loss of one’s job or worse. It was for this reason, Palette explained, that national member lists were not maintained. By keeping Pink Pistol factions regional its members’ privacy was protected from subpoena, but this dramatically limited the scope of Pink Pistol chapters’ community outreach.

The announcements at GRPC 2018 herald in a new era of LGBTQ Second Amendment support and activism. On this topic, Palette passionately asserted that “the ability to connect…is crucial.” Since Operation Blazing Sword is a 501c3 tax deductible charity, funds can now be raised at a national level to help chapters in need, whether that is to rent a booth at a Pride Festival, buy ammunition for a range day, or hold a community seminar. “After all,” reminded Palette, “the most powerful sword is the one wielded by two hands.”

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One Hand Falls, Another Hand Rises…

“The time has come,” Says the Pink Pistols First Speaker

For Immediate Release (Philadelphia, PA) September 23, 2018: At this year’s Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Chicago, a statement was read by Nicole Stallard from the First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, Gwendolyn S. Patton. The following is the original statement from the First Speaker, which was edited for brevity at GRPC:

One Hand Falls, Another Hand Rises…

This is a catchphrase from a recent new favorite science fiction series, Glynn Stewart’s “Starship’s Mage”. In this series, high representatives of the Mage-King of Mars are called his Hands, who are his eyes and ears, and who speak with his voice. They’re not unlike Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Imperial Auditors”, or even E. E. “Doc” Smith’s “Lensmen”, who inspired comic-book history’s greatest interstellar police force, the Green Lanterns.

I was first exposed to the Pink Pistols in 2001, a bare year after it was created by an old and dear friend, Doug Krick. My lifemate showed me an article about the group, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that a friend was responsible for its existence. I sought him out and congratulated him on it very shortly afterward, and as a consequence, he asked me if I might be interested in starting a chapter in the Philadelphia area. After discussing it with my lifemate, Maggie, we decided to start one together. We got our carry permits, she bought me my first gun as a birthday present (a FEG clone of a Browning Hi-Power), and we announced the formation of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Pink Pistols. Our first month’s meeting was just the two of us at a Chinese restaurant, but we started attracting members with the second meeting, notably Thomas Nelson, the current head of the chapter, to whom I bequeathed it when I stepped up to other duties. Soon after came Andrew Greene, who has been the organization’s poster boy, having had to discourage a small mob of louts who intended him harm, having seen him come out of a Philadelphia gay bar. He’s told that story any number of times, since, often to reporters. I have equally-often saluted his patience in this regard.

Somewhere between 2003 and 2005, I graduated into being the officials Media Spokesperson for the organization, since Doug Krick (known as Krikket) really didn’t enjoy talking to the media, and I did. Over time, I took over other duties, such as webmistress and documentation writer. The first “New Chapter E-Book” was written by me, with input from Doug, a useful document that eventually evolved into our current Utility Manual. Then, with a suddenness straight out of the core of Chaos, I suffered an accident. It was around 8:30 on a blustery Friday evening, I having discharged my responsibility to work late one day a month. The weather was dry but very windy, with strong gusts that snapped out of the West without warning. While re-arming myself after a day’s work (which did not allow guns inside the building), one of those gusts, estimated at 40mph, slammed my car’s steel trunk lid on the top of my head.

It was shortly determined that I had suffered a broken neck, three levels of disks literally exploded, the vertebrae jammed together. As soon as it could be accomplished, I had surgery to repair this damage, replacing the disks with banked bone grafts and much chipping and scraping away of bone spurs to make room. This repair was progressing well for about seven months, as did the physical therapy, until complications set in. I was growing sharp bone spurs from all of the fusion joints and everywhere the bone had been scarred during the surgery. Eventually I had a small forest of sharp, rough bone inside and around my spine. I found that I would be rendered utterly unable to plan a day ahead of time, as debilitating pain might come out of nowhere to leave me flat on my back, twitching and wishing it would just STOP. This led to my being put on permanent disability, as I could not promise to an employer that I would be able to fulfill my duties at any given moment. This being beyond any employer’s ability to reasonably accommodate, a government expert determined that I was no longer employable.

I did try to keep running my Pink Pistols chapter, but a couple of years later, I had to set it all down in hands I felt would maintain things properly, and retired to deal with my injuries and their consequences. This condition pertained until early in 2012, when the Sandy Hook shooting occurred. Then I started hearing that the Pink Pistols weren’t responding on the subject, and there was much speculation that the organization was defunct. Before I could respond to this, Oleg Volk called me out of nowhere to upbraid me for the group’s silence. His entreaty to Do Something resulted in my investigation, to find the website mostly dead, more than half its links dead, nobody doing anything I could find, and more than a little validation of the rumor that the group was also dead.

I called Krikket and offered to pull its mivonks out of the grinder. I just had one request. If I was going to resurrect the organization, I wanted it to be MINE. I wanted the keys and the pinks. He agreed, arranged for the domain to be transferred to me, and gave me his blessing. I selected “First Speaker” as my title, to follow his “The Founder” (which I translated as “La Fondinto” in Esperanto, yet another sci-fi homage to Philip Jose Farmer’s “Riverworld”). I put the website to order, wrote some press releases, and rolled up my sleeves.

In 6 years, I coordinated the rebuilding of the organization, practically from the ground up. The organization helped with many judicial amicus briefs for some very high-profile cases, from DC. v. Heller to Peruta to Grace & Pink Pistols v. DC. We had some of our best coverage in the media, including the horrific deluge following the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub, the LGBT community’s own 9/11. The last half decade has been a pleasure and a terror to deal with, exhilarating and maddening in its headlong flight between the Scylla and Charybdis of the 2016 election. The Pulse shooting led directly to the founding of Operation Blazing Sword, out of the massive flood of support offered by the shooting community across the continent and even a bit beyond. Swamped by reporters, I begged for help with those offers, and our own Erin Palette stepped up to the plate and took a swing at it. She’s done a magnificent job, and I’m beyond proud of her achievements, as if I invented her or something.

And so we arrive at the present day. The injury and its consequences that I originally retired to deal with has not gone away. In fact, it has somewhat worsened over the years. Just as I can’t handle a lot of recoil up arm, stress has become another source of exacerbation that frequently leads to me flat on my back, going “ow, Ow, OW”. And just as I had to go on disability because I could no longer fulfill my obligations to employers, I am once again faced with the reality that I must direct my energies to my own health. And, truth be told, the social structure we find ourselves in, 18 years after the founding of the Pink Pistols, is not the same as the one that pertained all those years ago. Back then, the LGBT community was in far more danger, being less accepted than it is now. The system we devised to deal with the potentialities of “Imperial Entanglements” is less necessary than it was back then as well. Some changes are called for.

One such change is that I must once again hand over the Pink Pistols to another to administer. Truth be told, I’ve been on the lookout for someone to hand it TO for many years. It is my heartfelt belief that I have found this person.

A while back, I was approached to join the Board of Directors of Operation Blazing Sword. As the duties aren’t very difficult, I agreed. I also started the process of re-converging the two organizations into a single entity. After all, OBS came from the Pink Pistols. It’s only fitting that they unify once again to take the Pink Pistols into the next phase of its existence. We’re as yet uncertain what the final structure of that unity will resemble, but at the very minimum, the Pink Pistols will be in most excellent hands.

Over the next few months, I will be handing over my role to Erin Palette. This will not be a sudden thing, as was my medical retirement in 2010. Instead, it will be a careful, measured transition, involving a corporate attorney, so we have every “I” dotted and every “T” crossed to the best advantage of both the Pink Pistols and OBS. I have every faith in Erin and OBS to carry the Pink Pistols onward.

I won’t be going away completely. I will be there for Erin to consult with, and I hope I will remain of help when she needs it. If they will have me, I intend to stay on the Board so they will have access to my 17 years of knowledge regarding the operation and management of the organization. Also, they’re dear to me, and retirement should not necessarily mean that one loses one’s friends. But make no mistake, this is a retirement. To be honest, I need it. To be equally honest, the Pink Pistols needs someone younger, with different viewpoints, with different strengths, and fewer impediments. There will be changes in the structure of the Pistols, but great effort will be taken to prevent the loss of what makes it so special.

It has been my honor and my pride to do what I could do for the Pink Pistols over nearly two decades. I hope to give what advice and support I can in the future. But the best thing I can do is to hand it over to those I feel will serve you at least as well as I, and hopefully better. I have been dedicated to each and every one of you being as strong as you can be, as well defended as can be achieved, and as supported by our nation as can be arranged.

I don’t know what title Erin will choose for herself. She may choose to carry on as the First Speaker, or she may choose a title more commensurate with the eventual structure the unified organization will suggest. Please give her the support she is due. She has already done much for the Pink Pistols, and I’ve grown to recognize that she will do no less than her best for all of us.

One Hand Falls…Another Hand Rises.

Respectfully,

Gwendolyn S Patton

First Speaker, Pink Pistols

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS FROM ABOVE, SAYS PINK PISTOLS SPEAKER REGARDING LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS FROM ABOVE, SAYS PINK PISTOLS SPEAKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA) October 2, 2017: Just after 10PM Sunday, Las Vegas time, a man, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, NV, opened fire from the 32nd floor hotel room he had checked into several days earlier. A storm of bullets rained down upon the Las Vegas Strip, upon people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival below. People reported that the gunfire kept up for a very long time, after which current tally is at 50 people dead, and 406 taken to nearby hospitals. The family of Paddock have no idea why he committed the act. Reports are that he would go to Las Vegas to gamble, and sometimes went to shows. This shooting is not thought of as associated with any international terrorism, and is being classed as a “lone wolf” shooting.

Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, an LGBT self-defense organization, was stricken when she first heard of the event. “Once again, I’m shocked at the senselessness of it all,” she said. “I was left speechless when I learned of the Pulse nightclub shooting a little over a year ago in Florida, and now I’m just at a total loss about this act of senseless violence.” The Pink Pistols issues its heartfelt condolences to those who are hurting as a result of the actions of a clearly deeply disturbed individual, and hopes that answers regarding a potential motive will eventually become clear.

“I must, however, say one thing, and I deeply dislike having to repeat myself like this,” Patton said. “No matter what kinds of weapons Mr. Paddock had. No matter how many he had. No matter the sizes of the magazines, the caliber of the bullets, the color of the guns, or the style or design, the guns had no choice, for guns are not living creatures. A gun cannot choose to refuse to fire if the action is illegal. They’re just machines. I hate having to defend inanimate objects yet again, but I know that once again they will be low-hanging fruit for those who project their anger and fear onto them.” Her lips press into a hard line as she considers.

“People died because of the actions of a human being. He had a number of weapons, so clearly this was not a spur-of-the-moment situation. He chose this action. He chose the time. He chose the place. It was Mr. Paddock’s choice to do this heinous, horrible thing. What I pray for is that we learn why he did this, so we can prevent others from feeling the same way in the future. We need to intervene in the lives of our loved ones, to give them the love and help they need when they are hurting or suffering from emotional pain, or rage, or hate, that can cause them to lash out against their fellow human beings in such a fashion.” She shook her head and continued. “What we should not do, however, is allow ourselves to escape from the necessity of such intervention by taking the responsibility for the act off of the man and projecting it onto his tools. Guns did not do this. Guns were USED to do this, by a man with unknown motives and unknown thoughts. The man is responsible. Let’s keep the responsibility on the man, and try to solve the cause, rather than blindly blaming his tools.”

People around the world have been victims of anger, desperation, fear, hate, greed, and terror. They have been attacked with cars, trucks, rocks, bricks, bottles, bombs, bullets, and blades. In many of these places, the objects used to commit the acts either were already highly restricted, outright illegal, or became so shortly thereafter. But the laws against the objects have not prevented further such attacks. Such laws will be ineffective because the objects are not the source of the evil. Such evil can only come from the minds and hearts of human beings, and all of these objects must be wielded by human beings in order to cause death and injury. All of these objects have peaceful uses, but have been misused to commit terrible acts. We must resist the temptation to do the simple thing, to blame the tool when we must be trying to understand the individual.

It’s easy to blame the tool. When blame is settled upon an inanimate object, we stop questioning. We stop looking for deeper answers. We stop going to the greater effort to solve the greater problem. We take the easy way out — make a law against an object, dust off our hands, and go back to the television. We think our job is done, but it’s not, because it never was about the objects, but about the people. People are hard to fix. People are hard to understand. People are hard to stop when they are set on a goal.

But because these things are true, we can’t allow ourselves to stop with the easy solutions, because even if we ban one tool, they’ll pick up and pervert another tool. If we ban guns, they’ll pick up bombs. If we ban bombs, they’ll crash cars. If we ban cars, they’ll pick up knives. If we ban knives, they’ll swing sticks. If we ban sticks, they’ll throw rocks — and all of our evolution will be reduced back to the antelope’s thighbone against our prey all over again, once again, we’ll be sent back to what Cain used against Abel. Cain used a rock against his brother, but it wasn’t the rock that got marked as a result. These horrible things happen to us, and we need to take the more difficult path and solve the underlying reasons for them and become better human beings.

Let our sympathies be with those who lost loved ones last night. Let us help heal the wounds in their hearts, the holes in their lives. Let us try to understand why such a thing could happen, why this man did something his family members say was so out of character for him. And let’s not just take the easy way out. This time, let’s not just blame inanimate objects, post a hashtag, and go back to our cheeseburgers. Let’s take the more difficult route and work to solve the actual problems, whatever they may be.

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the LGBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the LGBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.

Contact:
Gwendolyn S. Patton
First Speaker, Pink Pistols International
firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org
http://www.pinkpistols.org
Ph: (610) 879-2364

Becoming A Member or Offering Training

It’s easy to become a member of the Pink Pistols!

First, it doesn’t cost anything. There’s no dues, and no membership form to fill out.

Second, you just have to believe in the basic core principles of the Pink Pistols, that all people have the right to defend themselves from harm, and that everyone has the individual right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment. If you believe those things, just raise your right hand and say “I am a Pink Pistol!”

That’s all there is to it! If you want to get together with other people to socialize, to practice, or to train, check the Find A Local Chapter page to locate a group in your area. If there isn’t one, consider starting one!

All members should download and read the Pink Pistols Utility Manual. It has lots of background on the organization, and if you want to start a chapter, the instructions are in it.

We have a public Facebook page for staying in touch with members worldwide. It is currently announce-only. We offer a full-featured forum for discussion. You don’t have to join either, or join a chapter, if you don’t want to, but this way you can find out what’s going on.

If you are an instructor looking to offer your services to Pink Pistols members, we are compiling a comprehensive interactive map. Please add your voice via Operation Blazing Sword.

Starting a Chapter

The response has been massive in the wake of the tragedy in Orlando. We have had many requests for information on how to start a chapter.

If you are interested in starting a chapter, the first thing to do is go to the Find a Local Chapter option on our website and see if there is one in or near your area. If there is one, the link on the page will put you in touch with them. If there’s one some distance away, but it’s within driving distance, consider joining forces with them.

If there isn’t one in your area, or one is listed as out of touch or closed, then download and read the Pink Pistols Utility Manual. It has all of the information necessary to start a chapter. Follow the instructions given in the manual. If you still have questions, please ask.

The Utility Manual is a useful resource for all Pink Pistols, whether starting a chapter or not.

Pink Pistols Saddened by Attack on Orlando Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA) June 12, 2016: Early Sunday, around 2AM Eastern Time, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was attacked by an armed individual. Approximately 20 persons were killed and over double that wounded when the attacker, whom police have identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, FL, pushed his way into the club and opened fire on patrons. Weapons carried by Mateen are reported as an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun, and a suspected explosive device. UPDATE: Reports are that the death toll is around 50, with over 50 more wounded.

“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina at a news conference on Sunday. Additionally, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said “This is an incident … that we certainly classify as a domestic terror incident.” Authorities say the FBI is involved. Preliminary information reveals that Omar Mateen’s family is from Afghanistan, though Omar may have been born in the United States. His family is reported to be distraught at the actions and loss of their son.

Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols, an international GLBT self-defense organization, warns people not to jump immediately to the assailant’s guns as the object of blame, but to concentrate instead on Mateen’s violent acts. “The Pink Pistols gives condolences to all family and friends of those killed and injured at Pulse,” began Patton. “This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence. At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul. I say again, GUNS did not do this. A human being did this, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.”

Patton’s concerns are that knee-jerk gun-control efforts may make preventing future events harder rather than easier, as only the law-abiding potential victims will be affected by such laws. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to foresee such an event,” continues Patton, “But if they cannot be prevented, then they must be stopped as fast as someone tries to start them.”

Some bars and other establishments that serve alcohol are difficult to protect because many states forbid the carrying of weapons where alcohol is served, but that just as one might have a designated driver who stays sober, one might have a designated carrier with a concealed-carry permit who goes armed and does not drink. “It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law.” Patton concludes.

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the GLBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the GLBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.

Contact:
Gwendolyn S. Patton
First Speaker, Pink Pistols International
firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org
http://www.pinkpistols.org
Ph: (610) 879-2364

Pink Pistols Pleased with Court Decision re Grace v. DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA) May 17, 2016: The District Court of Washington, DC filed a response today granting the request by Matthew Grace and the Pink Pistols for a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Washington, DC from enforcing the “good reason” clause in their concealed-carry law. This clause left it to law enforcement and other government officials to decide who had a sufficient reason to exercise an enumerated right under the Second Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.

“This clause was a travesty of justice from its inception,” said Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols. “It left the free exercise of an inherent human right up to bureaucrats and police officials. If your reason to carry a gun was deemed insufficient — if, by their measure, your reason to carry a gun wasn’t good enough — they could deny you that right with the stroke of a pen and the thump of a rubber stamp. This,” continued Patton, “was unacceptable to us.”

The “good reason” clause is a common tool under so-called “may issue” concealed carry laws, allowing the local government to deny a concealed-carry permit except under what they consider to be “circumstances of special need.” Typically, this consisted of persons who were required by their job to carry large sums of cash or objects of extreme value, or to transport same through dangerous neighborhoods. It was also typically used to prevent persons from acquiring a permit to exercise their natural right of self-defense. The Pink Pistols maintain that, since “perceived sexual orientation” is the second most common source of animus in bias-motivated crimes (FBI Crime Statistics, https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/november/latest-hate-crime-statistics-available). This common animus, they further maintain, constitutes a clear and present danger to the sexual-minority community that predicates just cause to carry a firearm for self-defense. Further, they maintain that nowhere in the Second Amendment is the concept of “good reason” enumerated, and a requirement to show such special need is fundamentally unconstitutional. Today, the District Court agreed.

“We clearly showed that our concerns have sufficient merit to justify this preliminary injunction,” Patton continued. “We thank the Court for its probity in this matter, and shall continue to move forward to safeguard the natural rights of our members and the public to exercise their rights.”

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the GLBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the GLBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.
Contact:
Gwendolyn S. Patton
First Speaker, Pink Pistols International
firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org
http://www.pinkpistols.org
Ph: (610) 879-2364

Pink Pistols Denounces WDBJ Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Pink Pistols Denounces WDBJ Shooting

Philadelphia, PA – Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – The Pink Pistols, the world’s largest GLBT self-defense organization, expresses deep sorrow for the events in Moneta, Virginia. “I deplore the actions of Vester Lee Flanagan, aka ‘Bryce Williams’,” said Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker of the Pink Pistols. “Flanagan wrote in a so-called ‘manifesto’ sent to ABC News that he was ‘attacked for being a black, gay man’. His pain at being allegedly rejected for his orientation in no way excuses an unprovoked attack against persons who presented him no threat. If Mr. Flanagan at any time professed an association with the Pink Pistols, we denounce it. We do not know him, and reject his acts as those of a base criminal. The Pink Pistols stands for lawful self-defense of the sexual minority community. He is not one of ours.”

To the best of their knowledge, Vester Flanagan has never communicated with the organization, and even though Pink Pistols members self-identify, and do not need to submit a membership form or application, the act he allegedly committed is a tacit statement that he does not hold with the organization’s precepts of lawful behavior, responsibility, and building of bridges between all people. “The only time a Pink Pistol would draw a weapon is when there is an immediate threat reasonably perceived as deadly,” says Patton. “This man supposedly felt so outraged by perceived racism and mistreatment, he killed two people and injured one other, persons who offered him no physical threat of any kind. This is not how we behave, ever.”

The Pink Pistols, which advocates lawful use of legally-carried concealed firearms for the self-defense of the sexual minority community, currently has 29 chapters in the United States and two chapters in Canada. All chapters are autonomous, but look to the international office for coordination.

Contact:
Gwendolyn S. Patton
First Speaker, Pink Pistols International
firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org
http://www.pinkpistols.org
Ph: (610) 879-2364