In Washington State, gay rights advocates and gun rights advocates intersect in a series of posters appearing around the State Capitol in the past several days linking gay rights and opposition to gun laws.
The posters, which direct people to a pro-gun website, have liberals complaining — seemingly appalled that homosexuals might also value 2nd Amendment rights.
From the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger’s Cienna Madrid:
I just find it striking that a traditionally conservative movement is branching out to recruit gays and lesbians.
It’s hard to know who’s responsible for putting the posters up all over Capitol Hill. “Nale Dixon,” who’s credited for drawing the cartoon of the gay couple, returns no search results online. The pro-gun website is run by a dude named Oleg Volk, “An American,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s responsible for papering the hill with them. Without someone to credit, it’s impossible to glean the posterer’s intentions.
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?
Over at Buzzfeed, a report about the posters came with the sarcastic headline “Bizarre Pro-Gun, Pro-Gay Posters Appear In Washington State: Because gun control and LGBT rights go hand-in-hand, obviously.”
Here are a couple of the posters: