Following last weekend’s massacre in Orlando, a group of 50 mostly LGBT organizations including GLAAD, The National Center for Transgender Equality and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, have signed a pledge committing themselves to back gun control legislation.
The statement notes that LGBT people remain vulnerable to bias-motivated violence, especially the trans community and LGBT people of color.
— Elsie Love.TX Suburban Mom (@BaughLaw2) June 17, 2016
The statement calls on Congress to take action to prevent known and suspected terrorists and those convicted of violent hate crimes from legally buying guns and to ensure background checks are required on all gun sales.
Dave Garcia, political director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, told The Wrap:
“The gay community is well organized and extremely resourceful.There’s that expression: ‘Don’t wake a sleeping dog.’ I think they just woke up the gay dog.”
Dr. Scout, director at CenterLink, an association of leading LGBT centers, said the new alliance “could be a watershed moment in this fight. A lot of us,” he added, “have been involved in gun control in the past but now it’s a primary point in the agenda of our joint leadership.”
— Everytown (@Everytown) June 15, 2016
One of the groups notably absent from the effort is Human Rights Campaign (HRC). However, the organization has signed onto an Americans for Responsible Solutions statement which calls for preventing gun violence without endorsing any specific proposals.
Yesterday we reported that House GOP leaders blocked a vote on a proposal by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (right) to ban federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Watch a Young Turks report on the NRA and gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre below.
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