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Gun Sales Soar as Gay Community Arms Itself in Orlando Aftermath

Firearms retailers are reporting a surge in sales among gays and lesbians in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.

Gun sales typically surge after a mass shooting as people take steps to ensure their personal security, but now a new cohort is heading to the gun store: LGBT folks.

KDVR reports: “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 look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” Smith told KDVR.

“We’re not surprised by it,” George Horne, owner of a Denver firearms dealer, told KDVR.

The Pink Pistols, a club for gay and lesbian gun owners, saw its membership rolls more than double since the massacre. “It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law,” Gwendolyn Patton, speaker for the club, said in a statement.

Florida is also seeing an increase in sales. Gun store owner Robbie Motes told NBC that his store usually sells 10 to 15 guns a day, but on Monday Motes’ store hit that number by noon.

Today is probably triple a normal day,” Motes said on Monday.

Motes says he has seen this trend after other mass shootings.

“After the tragedy in Sandy Hook, it was astronomical,” he said.

No matter how hard the left escalates it gun control rhetoric and scare mongering, it can’t defeat the fundamental human drive to protect oneself and one’s family.