“Since the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people there has been a spike in gun sales within the LGBT community, and with St. Pete Pride set to bring thousands out into the streets the city’s police chief has asked people attending this years’ parade to leave their guns at home,” wtsp.com reports.
“This year it definitely is more intense,” police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez told the Florida TV station. “This is an event with a lot of alcohol, a big crowd, and we’re going to have a huge police presence both in uniform and undercover. If something should happen and people pull out weapons, how are we going to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and it’s going to slow down our response.”
Yup, that old saw. A good guy with a gun defending life and limb makes mass shootings worse. They force — force I tell you! — cops to shoot the wrong person! Which is something cops never do, even without encountering an armed good guy. [/sarc]
By the same token, if the St. Pete police are infiltrating undercover cops into the Pride event, how are uniformed officers “going to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys” should the undercover cops start shooting bad guys?
“Please don’t bring them. There’s nothing worse than having a gun and alcohol,” Lisa Hobbs, pastor at Christ the Cornerstone Church in Pinellas Park advised. “I think there’s a lot of fear in the community and I’ve spoken with a lot of people outside of the church who aren’t going to be attending this year because they’re afraid.”
So rather than tool-up and refuse to be a victim, it’s OK to cower. As for the gun/alcohol combo, I think an unopposed spree killer is a lot worse than a drunk good guy/girl/bi/transgender concealed carrier. Not that someone carrying a gun and drinking will necessarily be drunk. But if we’re talking worse case scenarios, let’s get real.
“We’re not telling legal gun owners what to do, that’s their business,” po-po spokesperson Fernandez added immediately after advising Pride visitors to leave their guns at home. “We’re just suggesting that common sense tells you: maybe it’s not the best venue for a lot of weapons.”
Agreed. As long as “a lot of weapons” means more than an everyday carry piece and a backup gun. And maybe a knife. Does pepper spray count?
Seriously, what does it take for the LGBT community to understand that they, like every other American, are best advised to take responsibility for their own safety, using the best possible tool for the job. A gun.