Following the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre, it became clear once more for the majority of Americans that common sense gun reform is necessary and way overdue. A recent Washington Post article cited a poll in which 57% of Americans favor stricter gun control. There has also been a surge in support for an assault weapons ban. A New York Daily News/Rasmussen Reports poll from December 2015 indicated that around 80% of Americans want tougher gun laws.
The LGBTQA community suffered so many losses of innocent lives in Orlando and have organized to try to make a difference in preventing more needless gun violence for all Americans. The Disarm Hate 2016 campaign, www.disarmhate2016.com, has organized a rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 11 a.m. on the National Mall. Organizations committed to stopping gun violence have joined LGBTQA groups to bring yet more focus on the need to do something to stop the gun violence that has become all too commonplace across the country.
At least 44 organizations have given their support to the rally, including The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Women Against Gun Violence, and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
One Pulse for America, a group started by actor and social media phenomena George Takei, supports the rally as well. If your organization would like to be an Ally, please email DisarmHate2016@gmail.com with “Ally” in the subject.
Jason Hayes has been a leader for the rally in D.C. See him speak about the rally below:
The outline for tackling gun violence, according to their website:
- Keep the worst guns out of the hands of the most dangerous people with a sensible assault weapons ban.
- No one on the FBI Watch List or the No Fly List should be allowed to own or purchase a gun.
- All Persons applying for a gun permit MUST undergo and pass a background check on the national level. (50-State Registry)
- We do not wish to interfere with anyone’s perceived or actual right to own a gun. That’s why we call it “realistic” gun reform.
Despite death threats Hayes has received for his efforts, the campaign doesn’t support taking weapons away from gun owners. One person said, ‘It was a shame AIDS didn’t kill [him] as a fag, but hopefully a bullet would.’
One person even labeled him an “ISIS supporter.” These people choose to ignore that this rally still supports the 2nd amendment.
Assuming the threat we face now comprises heavily-armed, homegrown religious fanatics bent on inflicting massive casualties, the logical solution is to render them less armed and less fanatical.
Like it or not, this history and this obligation have been thrust upon us, and we must now rise to its challenge. For if there is one group in this country with more will, more experience, and more tenacity than the NRA, it is the LGBT community.
You don’t want to mess with us.
The group also has a gofundme and is about halfway to their goal of $45K, all of which will cover costs of the rally.
Any funds we are blessed to have left over at the end of the Rally will be donated to one or several 501c3 organizations associated with LGBTQ Rights & Gun Violence Prevention.
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer & Allies, Friends, Family, Advocates … people from all walks of life, orientations, and cultural and religious backgrounds are invited to join
Featured image from the rally YouTube video following the Democratic Sit-in
More on the issue of gun control below from delightful lesbian couple, Lacie and Robin: