As posted to Facebook:
After the Pulse nightclub shooting, I read and received a number of communications, including a suggestion that a group of OCers or CCers should volunteer to protect Gay Pride (or similar) events. My response was this: unless I'm a member of a particular group, towards whose members I might feel a protective urge, I'm not a "security guard" for anyone except myself and my family.
That certainly doesn't mean that I don't feel for those who may be defenseless in certain places or circumstances, but I feel that a person has choices in their lives and at the ballot box, and if they consciously deny themselves (and/or others) various means of effective self-defense - that's on them.
I also communicated with a member of the LGBTQ community who had been hit hard by the Pulse shooting and other events. While I know that, for a number of reasons, I react differently to such events, the person's reaction was instructive.
Finally, I became aware of Cincinnati Pride, and after giving it some thought, including how an outreach event like this could be conducted, and how it might be perceived, I decided to move forward.
** Again, regardless of anyone's feelings, positive or negative, about members of the LGBTQ community, we all share the same inherent right of self-defense. **
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