The Liberal Gun Club is a national organization for left-leaning firearms enthusiasts, and they say that more people are joining their organization than ever before in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
In the media aftermath of the horrific tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this summer, a liberal New York Daily News columnist wrote a much-derided column about what it was like to fire an AR-15 rifle. While not representative of most people’s experiences, it does highlight the “tone” of liberal thinking about firearms as a kind of opposite of the Nike slogan: Just DON’T do it.
However, that may be changing. The LGC is unlike the NRA, according to spokesperson Lara Smith, because they (somewhat ironically) don’t have a political agenda. They don’t endorse candidates nor are they too involved in advocacy or lobbying. Rather they see themselves as an “educational” organization.
So while the LBC may not have an agenda for elected officials or those seeking to hold such an office, they do seem to have an agenda in that they hope to change the perception of how the liberal side of the gun control is viewed by the country-at-large.
As Smith told NPR:
We’ve seen significant more interest in our group. More women are joining, which is great. I actually run a women’s shooting league here in the San Francisco Bay Area, about the most liberal area of the country you could find. And it’s definitely picking up, although that’s been true for a while. We are seeing more women concerned about protecting themselves, specifically about protecting themselves in their homes.
The other group we are seeing more of – and I have to give a reason for that. There is a man named Maj Toure who has started a group called Black Guns Matter. And he has been going around to urban communities getting urban communities interested in their Second-Amendment rights. He’s doing great work. We have seen some uptick from that as well. So yes, definitely people who are not the stereotypical middle-aged white male.
Of course, some of the “concerns” of this group appear to be the same (read: nonsensical) ones that gun advocates on the right have. Smith said that members are concerned that the new government may “take their guns” because they’ve “spoken out” against the Trump administration. An idea even more preposterous than when it was said by the right in 2009 after President Obama took office.
You can listen to the full NPR report below: