[Exclusive] Group Behind #ShootBack Posters Says Gay Community Can't Protect Families if Elected Officials Disarm Them
On Thursday morning, residents of West Hollywood, California, awoke to find their neighborhood had been plastered with rainbow-colored Gadsden flag posters that were emblazoned with #ShootBack.
The posters, 30 of them in all, were spotted near West Hollywood City Hall, the Pacific Design Center, and The Abbey, a well-known gay lounge. One also appeared in front of the home of artist Chad Michael Morrisette, who had covered the roof of his house with 50 mannequins after the terrorist attack in Orlando on Sunday.
The #ShootBack hashtag on the gay rainbow flag with the pro-gun Gadsden symbol was clearly a provocative response to Sunday's attack on the gay nightclub in Orlando where 49 people were killed. There has been much speculation about who was responsible for the street art, but no one has come forward to claim responsibility ... until now.
A street artist in Los Angeles who said he is a spokesman for the group responsible for the posters spoke exclusively to PJ Media on Thursday. Sabo, who was behind the tattooed "Blacklisted and Lovin' It" Ted Cruz posters that appeared in Hollywood back in 2014, said the #ShootBack posters were a group effort and they were designed to send a message.
First, "it's important that people know that this image came out of the gay community," Sabo said.
West Hollywood is home to a significant LGBT population and was the location of an LGBT Pride event the night of the terror attack. Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil to remember the victims on Sunday night.