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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Media Coverage of Blazing Sword

Hopefully you kind folks aren't getting sick of me flogging Blazing Sword just yet. I know that eventually enthusiasm (and media coverage) of it will fade, but hopefully that won't happen until after we've become a 501c charity that can actually make a positive difference in people's lives!

Until then, I'm going to keep promoting OBS so that it remains relevant and in the public eye.

The first news article is from Little Village: Iowa City's News and Culture Magazine, and is titled "Post-Pulse: Gun classes for LGBTQs promoted in Iowa". Which sounds a bit limited, since OBS isn't just Iowa, but since it's a local magazine I can't fault them for keeping it relevant to their readers.

In addition to giving us more than half the article and embedding our map, I also got the last word with the Pink Pistols quote "Armed gays don't get bashed."

The second article is on Vocativ, and while I take mild issue with the title "Meet The Woman Who’s Trying To Arm The LGBT Community" because it makes me sound like some rainbow-striped arms merchant, I adore the subtitle: Erin Palette wants to bridge the gap between conservative gun groups and the LGBTQ community. 

Can I get a "Hell yeah!"?

This article is all abut Operation Blazing Sword, and has not one but two money quotes (both from me, so please pardon the bit of ego and pride that has crept into my voice):
“The point is to tell the LGBTQ community ‘You know how you’ve been told that gun owners are all conservatives who hate you? That’s a lie. Look at all the people willing to accept you and train you because it’s your right as a human being to protect yourself, and we want you to use the most effective method possible,'” she said. “It also tells gun owners, ‘See these LGBTQ people who you think are all liberal and want gun control? They’re looking to you for instruction. Welcome them into the community.'”
For Palette, it’s more than just training, it’s combining two communities of which she is a part that frequently fall on different sides of the political spectrum.

“I hope this destroys the notion that gun owners are all middle-aged white heterosexual males,” she said. “We aren’t.”
This is an exciting time to be an LGBTQ gunblogger, friends. Lets see if we can make heads on both sides of the political aisle explode!

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