A gun group just outside of San Francisco wants it known that the National Rifle Association doesn't speak for all gun owners. Apart from its interpretation of the Second Amendment, it's a "reactionary" force in society with too much cultural baggage to do anything positive for an isolated but proud portion of Americans: progressives with pistols.
"We make ourselves a special place where we don't have to hear about the 'Kenyan Muslim socialist' in the White House," says Marlene Hoeber, a transgendered feminist and Oakland-based member of the Liberal Gun Club. Of the NRA she adds, "I can't put money into a group that gives campaign contributions to people who (say) how terribly wrong it is to walk down the street holding my girlfriend's hand."
Though critical of the NRA, Hoeber and her fellow Liberal Gun Club members share with it a certain disdain for gun control. Describing such legislative efforts as a "placebo," they say the anti-gun crowd displays a "faith-driven" politics similar to many pro-lifers.
If this is beginning to sound something like the views offered by libertarianism, that's no coincidence. Hoeber also claims to distrust the state's monopoly on force:
"I have really strong feelings about my distaste for the state, about my distrust of the police," she told the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci.
The political niche occupied by the Liberal Gun Club recalls the effort in Seattle to merge pro-gay and pro-gun sentiments. One poster spotted there last May read: "Some people dislike gays. Others dislike guns. We should not base our laws on personal dislikes."Via the San Francisco Chronicle.