Letters to the Editor

Gun rights rally was more inclusive than gay event

Josh Amos

Olympia

I had to chuckle at the ignorance of the anti-gun letter writer posted on July 1. Mr. Bond-Carvin was upset that there were citizens openly carrying guns at the gay pride event.

Excuse me? So you are saying that you want to celebrate your civil rights while discriminating against others? Mr. Bond-Carvin doubles down on ignorance by saying, “how would you react if a bunch of drag queens showed up to one of your gun rallies? I doubt you’d be scared, but I feel certain they would not be welcomed.”

To which I say that if Mr. Bond Carvin had been at the Second Amendment rally at the state Capitol in January, he would have in fact seen that very thing. Not only was there a transgender man with a pro-gay, pro-gun rights booth, one of the keynote speakers was an openly gay man who has been active in the gun rights community, as a gay man, for at least 20 years. Another keynote speaker was from the pro-gun, pro diversity nonprofit group Pink Pistols.

So between the gun rally and the gay rally ... it appears that there was more inclusion in the gun rally. It’s a shame that people like Mr. Bond-Carvin choose to remain bigoted in their opinion of their fellow citizens, because we all need to stick together as Americans more than ever, as political forces try to divide us. Think about it.

Josh Amos

Olympia

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