You can thank Ronald Reagan for the fact you never heard of the word before.
So now that we have the historical reference behind us, the San Francisco City Council is planning to approve a sweeping handgun ban in the city. But what they didn't count on was the staunch opposition of.... yes, believe it or not.... the gay community.
The Pink Pistols (whose motto is "Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed") are at the forefront of opposition. ClassicalValues has a nice sum-up of the odd political bedfellows -- the NRA and the gays with guns.
Gay men and lesbians are at risk of becoming hate crime victims, the group's philosophy goes, and therefore community members should learn how to protect
themselves -- with firearms.
"We believe that first you need to stay alive, then you need to educate," Patton said.
The Pink Pistols are likely to play a critical role in the developing San Francisco fight, said Chuck Michel, a spokesman for the California Rifle and Pistol Association and a lawyer for the National Rifle Association. "They have a great deal of legitimacy because they recognize they are at great odds of becoming victims because of their sexual preference. ... I think people will understand that they should not be deprived of their rights.
MAN! Do I love this story or what? This is an awesome example of why gays shouldn't have blind allegiance to liberals and Democrats. And it is a great clash of social/political issues that leaves nutty Lefties and nutty Righties scratching their heads and wondering what to do.
In any case, I've been waiting for the right time to do a posting on the Pink Pistols. All power to them. Let's keep the rights we have before worrying about the rights we think we want!
Hat tip on this whole story to Instapundit.