SALT LAKE CITY, UT – When Ermiya Fanaeian was 17 years old, she had co-founded the Utah outfit of March for Our Lives – one of a series of groups founded nationwide following the Parkland shooting in Florida in 2017.
In 2018, Fanaeian aided in organizing a massive demonstrations of an estimated 8,000 protesters in Utah that demanded stricter gun controls laws.
Yet in the summer of 2020, Fanaeian found herself serving as the director of the Salt Lake City chapter of Pink Pistols.
— Deseret News (@DeseretNews) November 28, 2020
The pro-2A organization’s mission aims to limit violence against the LGBT community by sending a message that they’re “armed”, according to the group’s Facebook page:
“Pink Pistols teach queers to shoot, to defend ourselves. Armed queers don’t get bashed. We change public perception of LGBT people, those who have in the past perceived us as safe targets for violence and hate will realize that LGBT people are now armed.”
The Sal Lake City chapter of Pink Pistols stems from the organization that has been around now for 20 years, which while hosting a mission pertaining to educating and encouraging the LGBT community about responsible gun ownership, allows all walks of life to join the organization.
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But it’s a rather drastic transition to go from protesting guns to serving as the director of a group advocating responsible gun ownership. Fanaeian explained part of that transition was aided by her shift in perception of what a gun enthusiast is:
“The left’s idea of a ‘gun nut’ typically is white men who are upper class and see this as a hobby that will make their egos bigger. But the reality is this is a form of empowerment for me.”
It was during her efforts while working with March for Our Lives that she realized the prior groups goals didn’t align with her stance on affording the LGBT community a means of defending themselves:
“As working-class people, we should not be disarmed. There is everlasting violence against LGBTQ people that oftentimes politicians, on whatever side of the aisle, are not addressing, and we need to be able to protect ourselves.”
“And because of that, I came to this understanding that the March for Our Lives goals do not align with my goals.”
A former gun control activist started a Salt Lake-based chapter of the Pink Pistols, a national organization whose mission is to arm LGBTQ people. https://t.co/1RQsRoPnPJ
— KUER 90.1 (@KUER) November 27, 2020
Despite Fanaeian’s understanding of the stark contradictions against responsible gun ownership when lodged against arguments of gun-control proponents, she noted that there’s still wide misconceptions within the community on the topic:
“A lot of the perspectives come from this idea that guns are going to harm people, that getting more guns to queer and trans people is not the answer, that ultimately to protect queer and trans people, we need to ban guns.”
Even though membership has been light in the reopening of the SLC chapter of the Pink Pistols (which it had been dormant and practically abandoned by previous leadership years earlier), Fanaeian is optimistic about the group’s future growth:
“We’ve had folks from all different walks of life in all different parts of the state reach out to us.”
“They express their wants to finally be able to defend themselves, defend their families and defend their communities…They didn’t know it was an option for LGBTQ folks to do so.”
Fanaeian noted how ever since the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 occurred, the LGBT community has taken an increased interest in gun ownership:
“Gun ownership among our community has been growing ever since the Pulse nightclub shooting. And a lot of people after that began to understand the need to protect ourselves.”
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— Ermiya Fanaeian (@ErmiyaFanaeian) November 28, 2020
She explained that it’s contradictory for vocal proponents of the LGBT community to decry violence against the community while in the same breath, advocate for the disarmament of the community:
“We can’t talk about empowering marginalized communities while simultaneously trying to disarm marginalized communities.”
Unlike many progressives that aim to create further legislation outlawing ownership of certain models weapons currently legal to obtain and own and the ilk, Fanaeian says that community-based solutions are more practical in reducing gun violence:
“As far as legislatively trying to do things such as ban assault weapons, or ultimately make it harder for regular everyday folks to access guns only so rich elitist people can access them…I’m completely against those initiatives.”
We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on what a Joe Biden administration might look like when it relates to the Second Amendment.
Here’s that previous report.
WASHINGTON, DC- For gun enthusiasts, the potential of a Biden administration is the worst possible outcome of the 2020 election. Make no mistake about it—a Biden presidency will end gun rights as we know it or under the “best” case, make it financially not viable to own a gun. Let’s explain.
According to a propaganda piece put out by The Trace, which is Michael Bloomberg tripe suggested seven ways that Biden could do an end-around of going through Congress and take executive action to go after guns.
A Republican-controlled senate might help mitigate some of what Biden could do, but as we’ve seen under Obama and even under President Trump, it is fairly easy for presidents to do an end run around the legislative branch.
This is one reason that the Georgia senate races are so important. Many of the more radical plans would require congressional action, and many so-called gun reform measures would be dead-on-arrival.
Even if Democrats were somehow able to gain control of the senate through a 50-50 tie and a theoretical vice president Harris to break the tie, some senate rules such as the filibuster could help derail the ambitious plans.
Also, don’t discount Joe Manchin (D-WV), a moderate Democrat from a red state where hunting is a big part of the culture.
The Trace notes however that a Biden presidency would still present options.
There are, however, some ways Biden could act:
- An “all government” approach to gun violence reduction- executive order creating an interagency task force eon gun violence prevention. This would involve a multi-agency approach to combating gun violence. Such an approach has never been done before, however the Bloomberg group believes such an approach would lay ground rules for future executive action.
- “Reinvigorating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives- nominate and confirm an ATF director who will promote gun violence prevention values and prioritize regulatory oversight mission of that agency.Biden has said he would direct his attorney general to deliver a set of recommendations within the first 100 days for a restructuring of the ATF and related justice department agencies. This would result in greater enforcement of existing gun laws, as well as an increase in inspections of ATF-licensed gun dealers.
- Change the classification of certain firearms and accessories under the National Firearms Act. It is suggested that firearms and components be defined on the basis of their potential uses instead of the stated purpose as defined by manufacturers. In other words, they want to redefine firearms, and one could imagine the definition of “assault weapon” and “semi-automatic” weapons would be the first to change.
- Better data collection; one proposal would have the FBI collect data on nonfatal shootings as part of Uniform Crime Reporting. Not sure what that would accomplish, but ok. Biden has said he would direct the AT to issue an annual report on firearms tracking to provide officials with better information to identify strategies for curbing firearms trafficking. Maybe Eric Holder, who has a lot of experience tracking firearms, could be a part of this program.
- Crack down on so-called “ghost guns.” One proposal would have manufacturers of so-called “ghost gun parts” to stamp them with serial numbers, and also subject buyers to background checks.”
- Ban the import of so-called assault weapons. There is currently a restriction on that already, except there is a carve out for weapons that are “particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”They cited a 2011 Senate report that showed so-called “military-style” non-sporting rifles have come into the US civilian market. Biden has said that he will use executive orders to ban the importation of all assault weapons through expansion of the list of weapons—and components—considered not suitable for sporting purposes.
- A slim Republican majority in the Senate might be enough to still squeak through some of Biden’s priorities, including community gun violence prevention programs and background checks. A bipartisan proposal put forth by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) had proposed a background check bill, however it was derailed during the impeachment farce of President Trump.
The National Rifle Association is rightly concerned by a potential Biden administration. Democrats, who railed against President Trump’s use of executive orders to circumvent a Congress more interested in in a bogus impeachment and a Russian collusion hoax than getting business taken care of.
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Biden had been the so-called “point man” during the Obama administration for gun control, which Obama pushed in his second term. Obama often complained, the NRA said, about the so-called lack of “progress” on gun control, complaining that it was the most frustrating and anger-inducing part of his presidency.
Obama and Biden spent eight years trying to take away American’s gun rights, mostly in a unilateral manner. Failing to do that, they are now back for round two if Biden prevails.
The NRA notes that while most of the proposed executive actions would fall on their face and are basically symbolic, others would, they say, “effectively change longstanding principles of law and even criminalize the possession of firearms that law-abiding Americans currently obtain and own legally.”
Regarding the ban on so-called “ghost guns,” the NRA rightfully notes that Bloomberg’s group doesn’t either explain or define the term, however they note the media and other gun grabbers typically use this term to describe guns manufactured by Americans for their own use.
The NRA says that banning such firearms, which have been “a lawful aspect of American gun culture since before the nation’s founding” would amount to governmental overreach.
The Bloomberg article cited a proposal from the far-left Soros-funded Center for American Progress for the idea about reclassifying so-called assault weapons and reclassifying what is a weapon “suitable for sporting purposes.”
The fear is that such a reclassification would suddenly put millions of gun owners in the position of being in felony possession of firearms, previously obtained legally and in good faith.
The NRA acknowledges that while some type of amnesty or “grandfathering” might be attached to such a reclassification, that is not a guarantee. That does not take away from the fact that even in a best-case scenario, gun owners would have to register such firearms with the federal government and pay a $200 tax for each currently owned firearm.
The only light at the end of the tunnels is that due to the large number of judges appointed by President Trump, the courts are currently staffed with a number of judges who are not activists but who are more in line with the rule of law and complying with the constitution.
Of course, all of these executive orders might be unnecessary if the two far-left Democratic US Senate candidates in Georgia win their races. That would give the Democrats a 50-50 tie, with Harris as a potential tie breaker.
As mentioned earlier, Manchin would be the wild card, however that is not a guarantee. We have all seen how the arm-twisting and threat of being primaried works in politics.
The best guarantee that Biden won’t have his way with gun owners is if Sens. Perdue and Loeffler win their races in Georgia and President Trump prevails in his election challenges.
Otherwise, gun owners are in for a long, difficult road ahead.
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