On January 10th, 2018, Blaze Bernstein, an openly gay and Jewish college sophomore, was murdered by a member of the neo-nazi group Atomwaffen Division. Elsewhere, in 2017, advocates tracked at least 28 transgender deaths from fatal violence, the most ever recorded. The number of hate crimes towards members of the LGBTQIA community has increased in recent years, with trans individuals and people of color most at risk.

Members of the LGBTQIA community often must rely upon themselves for protection against hate violence in their homes. Police do not adequately serve the most vulnerable, and history teaches us that those in positions of power often use it against oppressed groups. The Stonewall riots, for example, show how police brutality was used against the queer community.

PSJBGC in the Community

The Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (PSJBGC) is part of the pro-worker, anti-racist Redneck Revolt network, which has chapters established throughout the country. We support our community locally with event security, basic firearms training, and a scholarship fund dedicated to assisting trans, queer and people from marginalized communities obtain their Concealed Pistol License (CPL).

On January 22nd, 2018, PSJBGC took part in a benefit to raise funds for trans prisoners and our CPL scholarship fund. Pride, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance, are reminders of how important the issue of personal safety is for the LGBTQIA movement. We believe we have the right to protect ourselves and our community from bigots who wish us harm.

Are you a member of a marginalized community who wants to get a concealed pistol license or learn how to use firearms? PSJBGC believes in arming these communities. Get in touch with us and we’ll send you information and reimburse your CPL application fee. Please contact us if you would like to work together.

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