Normally, the forces fighting for gay rights and gun rights aren’t closely associated with one another.
That’s why eyebrows have been raised over a series of posters equating laws aimed at limited gun access to laws meant to discriminate against LGBT rights in Washington State’s Capitol building.
Via ThinkProgress, one features a topless lesbian couple:
The other features a gay male couple vowing to defend their right to marry with weapons:
Seattle-based alt weekly The Stranger’s Cienna Madrid notes that everyone is scratching their heads over the unexpected signage:
Perhaps being courted by a traditionally right-wing, conservative movement is refreshing and progressive, but it could also just be really effective concern trolling. What better way to make people feel unsafe in gay-friendly Capitol Hill than by slyly referencing homophobia and hate crimes in pro-gun propaganda plastered on every street corner?
A scan of the QR code leads to a pro-gun website called “A Human Right,” which hosts an intense questionnaire if visitors indicate they believe guns are a liability rather than “a useful tool.”
The site was created by Oleg Volk, a Tennessee-based photographer who has made various pro-gun rights ads. In the FAQ on “A Human Right,” Volk answers the question “Are you *that* paranoid?” with the following:
Yes. I grew up in USSR and have seen what happens when citizens are reduced to the status of subjects. Moreover, proficiency with weapons is as practical a skill as giving CPR or using a fire extinguisher: in an emergency, these skills can save lives.
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