It’s amazing what fear can do. In the age of President Trump and a rising terrorist threat, many communities are more fearful than ever of their safety, particularly the LGBTQ community.
In a new documentary from Motherboard (a sister publication of Vice) titled “A Smarter Gun,” members of the LGBTQ community are flocking in droves to their local gun ranges and sellers to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
While the exact numbers are unknown because the FBI doesn’t release race data on background checks, Motherboard reports that “African Americans, religious minorities, and LGBT people are buying guns and getting licensed to carry to cope with their increasingly hostile surroundings.” Gun store owners say they’ve seen “an uptick” in minority customers in the weeks after the election.
“After the Orlando shooting I came out, loud. I told my friends and everyone around me that I was trans and that I was here,” Reina Mercado, a 28-year-old woman told Motherboard. “That was when I realized that I’m statistically more likely to be a victim. I’m trans, I’m a person of color, I’m more likely to be targeted. I’m more likely to be in a place where everyone is being targeted, just like the Orlando folks. I was just like, damn, I need a gun more than these conservative rednecks do.”
Although Donald Trump’s signified a win for gun rights advocates in the country, gun sales have dropped by 20 percent in January 2017 compared to the same period last year.
Watch the whole documentary of “A Smarter Gun” below: