Two highly effective non-profits are about to butt heads after the Human Rights Campaign announced on Friday that it would make fighting for tighter gun restrictions a part of its mission, reports Time.
Following a vote Thursday night by the Human Rights Campaign board of directors, the highly effective lobbying group, said they are sticking up for their community by going after easy availability of guns in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last weekend.
“Forty-nine members of our community were murdered on Sunday morning because of a toxic combination of two things: a deranged, unstable individual who had been conditioned to hate LGBTQ people, and easy access to military-style guns,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said. “It is imperative that we address both issues in order to mitigate safety risk to our community.”
According to a statement posted on their website, the resolution: “addresses both the epidemic of hate that has fueled anti-LGBTQ-motivated murder, assault and discrimination as well as common-sense gun violence prevention policies that would help keep the LGBTQ community safe.”
The organization, which has effectively challenged anti-LGBT laws in the courtroom as well as working with lawmakers to write increased protections into the law, said it believes, “that the safety of LGBTQ people in the United States requires the adoption of common-sense gun violence prevention measures, including limiting access to assault-style rifles, expanding background checks, and limiting the ability for suspected terrorists, and those with a history of domestic abuse to access guns.”
The addition of the country’s largest LGBT advocacy group that knows its way around the halls of Congress adds another headache for the NRA which is currently back on its heels following the shooting deaths of 49 in Orlando.
Democratic lawmakers are openly attacking the organization months before an election — something unheard of in previous election years.
The HRC has also turned their headquarters in DC into a powerful memorial for the 49 who lost their lives in Orlando:
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