A gay open carry group was barred from entering a gay pride event in the state of Washington Saturday after event organizers claimed they were being “harmed psychologically” by the presence of firearms.
While approaching the entrance of the 25th annual Capital City Pride rally, the Second Amendment group, well known in the area for open carrying AR-15 rifles, was told by event staff to remove their firearms or leave the area.
“We don’t want your guns here,” a female organizer said. “Plain and simple.”
Noting the irony of being discriminated against due to their firearms and libertarian beliefs, the group attempted to explain the definition of inalienable rights to the unwilling staff.
“We have a right to say ‘we don’t feel safe! We have a right to say ‘we don’t feel safe!” the staff chanted in response.
As the group headed towards the other side of the entrance, the staff’s rhetoric grew increasingly hostile.
“Over my dead body!” a woman shouted in protest.
According to the cameraman, who said a gay man was banned from the event for life for simply being a libertarian, the incident represented a clear case of bigotry and a civil rights violation.
“They always talk about the right being a bunch of bigots, yet it’s equal on the left,” he said.
Unable to enter the public event, the group returned the following day, only to receive even more condemnation for their constitutionally-protected activity.
“After the events that unfolded on the previous day dealing with the employees that told the group of arms bearing citizens they had to leave, the group returns once again with their gear to continue to stand up for their rights and to show mutual respect for the civil rights of every person at the event, even those who seemed to want to pick and choose who was allowed to have rights and who was not,” the video’s description states.
After being confronted by several angry staff members, the group was eventually asked to leave by police.
The encounter, according to the group, perfectly illustrates how the anti-gun left are more concerned with hurt “feelings” than actual civil rights.