Gay and a Gun owner – the prejudice that’s not shy to speak it’s name… at all

The author posing with his Ruger American bolt action rifle left-hand in .22-250.

Prejudice is defined as “an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge.” (Cambridge Dictionary) I am confronted with prejudice both as a gay man and gun owner. You may be familiar with the crude caricature of a gay man: that of a limp-wristed, effeminate man who speaks with a lisp and has an incessant compulsion for sex. You may also be acquainted with the cartoonish stereotype of gun owners as lower class white men who are uncouth and certain to tell you the only way you will take his gun from him is “from my cold, dead hands.” Certainly, these are the extreme ends of these particular prejudices. While there were occasions in my life when people directed anti-gay slurs at me and to a lesser extent snide remarks about my supposed lack of virility and questionable mental health for being a gun owner, the prejudice I face as a gay man and gun owner that really concerns me is far more indistinct than being called “queer” or “gun nut” by loutish people who just do not know any better.

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