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After Orlando, California does the UNIMAGINABLE…

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Four days following the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, we’re only beginning to understand the seismic impact those horrific few hours will have on our nation for years to come — likely in perpetuity.

And already, we’re seeing some dramatic effects in the immediate aftermath. It certainly might seem like the whole world — certainly any “sane” person, as the progressives and their media would have you believe — has hopped on the gun control train with a new vengeance in the aftermath of Orlando. And that, sadly, has become the rather predictable.

At the same time, gun sales are once again surging — again, something we’ve come to expect in the aftermath of such tragedies.

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But there is something markedly different happening in the past few days that we haven’t seen before. In fact, until you see it, you might have a hard time imagining it.

As the Daily Wire reports:

Wednesday morning, posters suddenly appeared in West Hollywood, California featuring a gay version of the Gadsden Flag featuring a rattlesnake on top of the gay rainbow. The flags also had the hashtag #ShootBack indicating a more proactive approach to gay self-defense.

The posters were attracting attention in front of the Pacific Design Center, The Abbey, West Hollywood City Hall and in front of artist Chad Michael Morrisette’s house.  Morrisette had covered the roof of his house with 50 mannequins to make a statement about the Orlando shootings.

If one picture is worth a thousand words, the series of posters surely represented an eloquent plea to the LGBT community and other Americans to stand as one (thus the “Don’t Tread On Me symbol of the American Revolution), as well as a marked attempt to encourage the LGBT community to eschew their traditional pacifist role and take up arms to defend themselves, in the manner of Americans from the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War to the armed service members who defend American values to this very day. 

In pictorial fashion, the poster truly represented a call to arms.

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(You can see more images at The Daily Wire.)

Talk about a “non-traditional” marriage — between the image of the Gadsden flag rattlesnake and the LGBT rainbow. And yet, it makes so much sense when you think about it; two images representing the fight for freedom — the freedom of individuals to live their lives as they choose. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And it appears that the LGBT community is heeding the call to #ShootBack after the radical Islamist bloodbath targeted specifically at them. Gun shop owners are reporting that it’s not just business in general that’s surging in the wake of Orlando; the number of gays and lesbians buying guns is also surging. In addition, the Pink Pistols — a national gun club specifically for gays and lesbians — reports its membership surging from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

Via Fox Denver:

Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms.

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

George Horne, the owner of The Gun Room, Denver’s oldest firearms dealer, said Tuesday business is booming at his store.

“For this time of year I’d say its three to four times what we normally have,” he said.

However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

It’s the most tragic wakeup call imaginable, but it appears to indeed be waking up the LGBT community to the reality that’s been setting in for many of us for some time now. The Daily Wire says it most eloquently:

If the series of terrorist attacks across America over recent years have proven anything, it is certainly the government’s inability to protect American citizens from acts of terror. Thus the call to arms is much more than symbolic; it is a very real reminder that citizens must be ever-vigilant and prepared to confront evil when it comes intent on violence, and the only real path to ensuring one’s own survival is to rely on the most powerful deterrent that one can utilize. Those who would emasculate Americans by denying them the right to bear arms are guilty of aiding and abetting evil when it strikes. 

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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