AP Focuses Spotlight On LGBTQ Gun Group

By Tom Knighton

I get the feeling the Associated Press doesn’t really get gun owners. So often, their stories are so heavily biased against law-abiding gun owners that you can’t help but get the feeling that despite their claims of being unbiased observers of news, they’re really just trying to shape the narrative. Of course, that’s because they are.

But then they learn about a gun group that makes them take a step back and recognize that they simply can’t lump gun owners into a single category anymore.

The former pacifist pumped a shotgun at the firing line.

Lore McSpadden never touched a gun before the Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club started this past year. Now McSpadden is among the shooters routinely yelling, “Pull!” and blasting at clay pigeons angling over a mowed field near Rochester.

Trigger Warning members are anxious about armed and organized extremists who seem increasingly emboldened. Their response has a touch of symmetry to it: They started a club to teach members how to take up arms.

“It’s a way to assert our strength,” said Jake Allen, 27, who helped form the group. “Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as being defenseless, and I think in many ways this pushes back against that. And I want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”

Trigger Warning members meet once a month to shoot still targets and saucer-shaped pigeons. The 18 dues-paying members are all LGBTQ, many just learning about guns.

“I identified as a pacifist really through most of my life,” said McSpadden, 37, who has attended a self-defense seminar and now owns a 20-gauge shotgun.

This is part of a larger trend of liberals “arming up” in the midst of a media narrative that has people believing there are white Click to see the original article