A gay “right to bear arms” group was kicked out of Capital Pride in Olympia, WA over the weekend for entering the festival armed for a small battle.
As cities around the country gear up for their Pride festivities, there’s much to celebrate. But we simultaneously find ourselves staring down the barrel of yet another horrific act of deadly gun violence in the wake of the South Carolina church shooting.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t revel in our beautiful queer selves, but making a bogus civil rights statement with guns at a crowded Pride festival? Come on.
In the below videos, the 2nd amendment group spars with Pride organizers.
The festival’s stance is straightforward — “We don’t want your guns here,” a female organizer said. “Plain and simple.”
The activists, on the other hand, try manufacturing Pride’s civil rights focus into a great hypocrisy for wishing to omit the presence of deadly weapons.
“We would love for you to be here, but not the guns,” the same organizer tells them.
The group was unsuccessful at entering the first day, and returned the following afternoon to continue the stunt. Eventually, police were called and they were officially asked to leave.
We’ve got a long, long way to go…