We here at GayPatriot have long believed the Second Amendment offers a particular benefit to gay Americans, protecting our rights to bear arms so we can defend ourselves against those who would do us harm because of our sexuality. Just under a year ago, we contended the that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Heller decision was a gay rights’ victory: “With this ruling, gay people will have greater and more ready access to handguns and so be better able to defend ourselves against gay-bashers.”
Over at the Huffington Post (yes, the Huffington Post), GOProud’s Christopher Barron builds on this notion, holding that Concealed Carry Laws do a better job of protecting gay people against hate crimes than do Hate Crimes laws:
This summer, the Senate will consider the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, more commonly know as Hate Crimes legislation. Unfortunately, the bill, as currently written, will do little to actually prevent violent hate crimes from occurring. There is, however, a way to stop hate crimes before they happen: help law-abiding Americans at risk of hate crimes defend themselves from predators. . . .
A bill in the Senate, S. 845, co-sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), allows for reciprocity among all the states that currently allow citizens to lawfully carry a concealed firearm.
This common sense legislation would allow an individual who is lawfully licensed to carry a concealed weapon in his home state, to also carry a concealed weapon in another state – as long as that state permits conceal carry and as long as the individual complies with the concealed carry law of that state. . . .
According to a comprehensive study which reviewed crime statistics in every county in the United States from 1977 to 1992, states that passed concealed carry law reduced their rate of murder by 8.5%, rape by 5%, aggravated assault by 7%, and robbery by 3%.
And I would wager that states with concealed carry laws don’t have as comprehensive hate crimes legislation as do those without laws furthering Second Amendment protections.
Knowing that the gay man or lesbian may be concealing a fire arm would cause a potential gay basher to think twice before assaulting him or her. The legislation that Senators Thuna and Vitter have introduced would give gay people one more tool to protect ourselves against thugs meaning to do us harm. Let us hope that other gay organizations join GOProud in lobbying for this bill would protect the rights of gay Americans–as well as those of all Americans.
Kudos to GOProud for pointing out the gay rights advanced by Concealed Carry Laws.