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. You don’t have to join it 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

New Website Design

Due to a security vulnerability in our previous website management system, we had to take down the old site and redesign it with a more up-to-date and secure site. It is a work in process, and will improve over time, but we wanted to get a new site online as quickly as possible.

The main features, the About page, Find a Chapter page, and the Utility Manual page, are located on the sidebar to the left.

For more information not covered on this site, please send an email to Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker at firstspeaker@pinkpistols.org