Gun Advocates Will Reach Out to Gays at Cincinnati Pride

An open-carry enthusiast hopes to attract like-minded individuals to Cincinnati Pride on June 25.

Jeffry Smith created an event on Facebook called Open Carry Outreach At Cincinnati Pride - and attracted a barrage of comments urging the gun group not to attend. Smith's event description reads, "The purpose of this event is to provide visible outreach to members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer) community, who, like many, are sickened and apprehensive about the injuries and loss of life this past weekend at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando."

49 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a gunman entered and opened fire at the gay nightclub in Orlando at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

After receiving much negative feedback about the event, Smith closed non-supportive posts from the event page. He also declined to answer questions about the event when contacted by Awesome City magazine, the LGBT lifestyle magazine published by The River City News

Cincinnati Pride organizers issued the following statement: "Cincinnati Pride is a time of community, celebration and acceptance. There are, however, those who seek to interrupt our activities through protest and we encourage all attendees of pride to simply ignore these people. We continue to work closely with the City of Cincinnati, our police and fire to ensure a safe, and enjoyable day for all. #CincyPride2016 #LoveWins"

Smith has organized similar events in the past, and in April 2014, led a group of dozens holding guns in a walk across the University of Cincinnati campus.

Cincinnati Pride organizers have worked with the Cincinnati Police Department to ensure the safety of attendees. The event is Saturday, June 25 at Sawyer Point along the Cincinnati riverfront.

-Staff report

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