(Update 6/3/19: at the request of commenters, redactions are in place. This article is to tell a story of an event, not to put any commenters on the spot (from either side). It’s not hard to tell which side is which, so the core remains)
I’m going to keep this short, but it’s a story that needs to be told. The first annual BG Pride parade happened on 6/2/19. The Parade was organized by Carolyn Pinta and her family to support their openly gay daughter, Molly. It’s an honorable thing for a parent to do for their child. It’s what parents should do (support their children). According to Carolyn, everyone was welcomed to attend and participate:
Here is a list of participants who marched in the parade and some information on it:
I’m going to be focusing on two of the participants: IGOT (Illinois Guns Owners Together) And Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. There’s a key factor here, as Carolyn Pinta is the area lead for the Buffalo Grove Moms Demand Action group:
The leader of this chapter is Carolyn Pinta, and she was nice enough to share some of her thoughts with me about the group and her experience as its leader.
“I got involved with MDA early last fall and have been lucky enough to assist in some very exciting work in (Illinois) with the passing of SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. Although the bill was vetoed by the governor, the fact that it passed both the Senate and the House with bipartisan support shows that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a force to be reckoned with,” Pinta said. “It is also important to know that although we carry the name Moms Demand Action, we encourage the membership of dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and absolutely anyone willing to support the cause.”
IGOT had a call out for people to attend the parade to march with them:
As did Carolyn’s local Moms Demand Action chapter (and also the state one):
So, what happened the day before the Parade?
That’s right. Pinta told them not to come. Also notice that comments on the post inside the BG Pride 2019 group were turned off? Here’s what went down:
So, a pro second amendment group wanted to have their members who supported/were part of the LGBTQ community march and show support for the parade and LGBTQ Rights, but were told at the last minute they were no longer welcome to march in it. I also like the comment made to IGOT that stated “I don’t care if your supporters shit glitter and rainbows”. So tolerant and welcoming. That’s not all, though:
Group moderator is the one locking these posts/comments. In fairness, it was a very heated debate and it is common for mods to do things such as this.
So, so far we have the parade organizers disinviting a pro LGBTQ gun rights group because
1. They might promote a pro-2A message to the LGBTQ community
2. They support law enforcement
So what about the gun control group/Carolyn’s group Moms Demand Action?