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GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia Discusses Anti-Gay Attack on Him, Says Gays Carrying Guns Would Prevent Them: VIDEO

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GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia, who was the victim of an alleged anti-gay attack earlier this week, talks to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about why he thinks that gays carrying guns (and not legislation) are the way to prevent similar hate crimes, Think Progress reports.

LaSalvia told the Washington Blade that the group who attacked him fled when they thought he might be carrying a gun in his jacket.

LaSalvia also talks about the group's courtship of Michele Bachmann, but would not confirm that the group had actually secured a meeting with her.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Which, of course, would only work if only gays were allowed to carry guns.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 22, 2011 1:20:29 PM


  2. I swear, GOProud is like the gay version of the Tea Party.

    Posted by: Austin | Jul 22, 2011 1:21:20 PM


  3. stupid quisling is stupid.

    Posted by: wtf | Jul 22, 2011 1:25:23 PM


  4. Mums & Daddums must have a lot of money, but never accepted him. So she just keeps on trying. What a sad, pathetic queen.

    Posted by: Cinemaniac | Jul 22, 2011 1:27:09 PM



  5. It escapes me, why do you endorse someone who hates you? There must be an explanation somewhere.

    Posted by: william | Jul 22, 2011 1:35:36 PM


  6. Sad but true, I think every LGBT person should learn self defense and carry a weapon at night.

    Posted by: Bryce | Jul 22, 2011 1:36:17 PM


  7. I do believe gay men need to protect themselves. I'm tired of reading about gay men being beaten. Enough is enough. The attackers go after us, because they know we won't do anything, so this needs to change.

    Posted by: Sarina | Jul 22, 2011 1:48:30 PM


  8. When someone takes his gun and shoots him with it, I'm going to point and laugh.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jul 22, 2011 1:56:32 PM


  9. Only in Umerica-

    Your GOP is never going to accept you but when you are full of self-hatred -you keep trying to get them to accept you-

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 22, 2011 1:59:07 PM


  10. What do you call it when a Gay slur is used during an attack but the thugs have no clue as to whether their victim is Gay? Is it a hate crime? Certainly, the language and the action are hate-filled. But if the attackers do not know their victim is Gay...

    I'm not even sure it was racially motivated violence. If anything it may have been a "class oriented" hate crime. A preppy looking Barack Obama would have been knocked off that bike and called "faggot" just as fast. There's a lot of anger on these city streets, folks.

    This of course depends on whether it actually happened. I don't trust LaSalvia. 'Course one of the attackers coulda' been a former piece of trade of that Republican Miss Ann.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 22, 2011 2:06:17 PM


  11. If there's no purpose to hate-crime laws, why did this jerk go to the LGBT liaison office to (not quite yet) file his complaint?

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 22, 2011 2:08:00 PM


  12. Is he suggesting govt-subsidized handguns?

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 22, 2011 2:09:57 PM


  13. The existing federal hate crimes statute has been around for over 30 years, and I don't think ANYONE made much of a fuss about it until efforts were made to include sexual orientation as a protected category.

    Jimmy LaSalvia may have a point in suggesting that hate crimes laws do not in an of themselves prevent hate crimes. What they DO, however, is make it clear that crimes of violence motivated by prejudice and hatred toward entire classes of people will be treated more seriously. This is really nothing new. Our judicial system has always taken motives into consideration when trying people who have been convicted of various crimes. That's why we have things like 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, etc.

    As for hate crimes, they are not that difficult to delineate. If some thug spraypaints a "tag" on the side of railroad car or a highway overpass, that isn't a hate crime. But if some skinhead spraypaints swastikas on the front of a synagogue, it IS a hate crime and deserves greater punishment.

    Likewise, if two good ol' boys get into a drunken fight over a girl at a bar, it's not a hate crime. But if those same guys beat up someone they catch coming out of a Gay bar, it IS a hate crime.

    Even someone as conservative as Jimmy LaSalvia should be able to see this.

    Posted by: Chuck Anziulewicz | Jul 22, 2011 2:15:14 PM


  14. Here's what gets me about America - people work too damned hard to "protect their rights to carry a gun" and dont' work hard enough to work toward creating a culture where people won't feel the NEED TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT!

    it's not about more of us carrying guns, it's about working harder to create a culture where anti-gay violence is lessened.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 22, 2011 2:31:49 PM


  15. I do not believe him. Something about his story doesn't pass the smell test.

    Posted by: Tez Anderson | Jul 22, 2011 2:52:34 PM


  16. That would work IF THIS WHOLE THING WASN'T MADE UP?! Are you kidding me? Was there 1 witness? It sounds off to me... What are the odds that the Executive Dir. of GOProud was not only attacked for being gay, but that he stuck his hand in his bag, and that they thugs took pause because they thought he had a gun? A little too lined up...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 22, 2011 3:14:29 PM


  17. 100+ for Chuck A.!!!
    "Jimmy LaSalvia may have a point in suggesting that hate crimes laws do not in an of themselves prevent hate crimes. What they DO, however, is make it clear that crimes of violence motivated by prejudice and hatred toward entire classes of people will be treated more seriously. This is really nothing new. Our judicial system has always taken motives into consideration when trying people who have been convicted of various crimes. That's why we have things like 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, etc"

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jul 22, 2011 3:17:13 PM


  18. Although I doubt the incident occurred it does raise an interesting question. If an anti-gay gay is attacked by an anti-gay straight is it an anti-gay hate crime?

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 22, 2011 3:26:45 PM


  19. log on to facebook. search for "Christopher R Barron"

    click "LIKE"

    post this video on the wall.

    http://youtu.be/hrv31BCGeqY

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 22, 2011 3:31:31 PM


  20. Amazing, gay and republican? Oxymoron!

    I have no sympathy for this idiot. GOProud wants a republican in the White House at any cost, even if it means Michele Bachmann, just as long as no democrat occupies the White House. He's delusional if he thinks a meeting with Bachmann will resolve anything. She and her Tea Party scumbaggers will NEVER accept you, moron. Face reality.

    Posted by: robert in nyc | Jul 22, 2011 3:48:30 PM


  21. So this GoPround doofus wants to defeat a president that has done more for his community than any preceding president. I have a hard time understanding these GOP Gays... that make my roids ache.

    Posted by: Dale | Jul 22, 2011 3:53:00 PM


  22. Some people will do ANYTHING for money. No matter how embarrassing or low class. Lasalvia talks like he's from straight out of the trailer park.

    Posted by: ggreen | Jul 22, 2011 3:58:39 PM


  23. what. a. fool.

    Burping up NRA talking points as usual. His personal political beliefs aside, carrying a concealed weapon would NOT have protected him. In fact, his situation would've probably turned out a LOT worse because even rational people tend to not function rationally when they're being attacked. He could've been charged with attempted man slaughter if the gun was fired - even in self-defense.

    (disclaimer - I'm not personally anti-gun, but these NRA wingnuts really piss me off)

    Posted by: John M | Jul 22, 2011 3:58:40 PM


  24. Gay men and lesbians defending themselves, in any way, goes against the narrative and weakens our stance as victims. Taking a beating without resistance is the right thing to do.

    Posted by: Inside | Jul 22, 2011 4:19:20 PM


  25. @ Little Kiwi - DONE! This is probably one of your best videos! The Babs one of course was the BEST.

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Jul 22, 2011 4:31:25 PM


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