I am a Leftist, trans woman living in the rural South and a gun owner. Biden’s proposed gun control legislation will only help the far right.

I am a Leftist, trans woman living in the rural South and a gun owner. Biden's proposed gun control legislation will only help the far right.

A shooting range in Wyoming. Courtesy Brush Creek Luxury Ranch After the Pulse nightclub shooting and several doxxing attempts, I decided to become a gun owner. Most people who do not own guns do not understand how complicated and arbitrary gun law really is. Biden’s proposed gun legislation misunderstands gun ownership and will only help far-right recruitment. Margaret Killjoy is an author, musician, and podcaster living in the Appalachian mountains. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. See more stories on Insider’s business page . It was the Pulse nightclub shooting for me. I spent hours glued to the news, shaking with anger and fear. That hate crime sent plenty of people in search of more restrictive gun laws, but it sent me and an awful lot of others in the opposite direction. Over the next few years, I started going to shooting ranges more. I took a two-day concealed carry class. Now, like millions of Americans , I’m a gun owner. Importantly, I’m part of what looks like a demographic shift in gun ownership in the US. I’m a woman in the rural South, and I’m very visibly trans. I unintentionally find myself in the center of a culture war; the way people treat me, in cities or the countryside, has changed dramatically since Trump’s election in 2016. The stares are longer, the sneers more open. Before gender identity became so politicized in the past few years, I was a curiosity. Now, […]

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