Fire Back

Milo Yiannopoulos delivers a speech at ground zero of the Pulse nightclub shooting on Wednesday. His supporters held a rainbow Gadsden flag behind him during his speech. He commented "It should say 'fire back.'"

Milo Yiannopoulos held a press conference about guns, gays and Islam Wednesday two blocks down from Pulse outside the Christ Church of Orlando.

Yiannopoulos, a Greek-born conservative journalist for Breitbart, has been holding talks at universities across the country as part of his “The Dangerous (expletive) Tour." He speaks out against liberalism and explains why he thinks students should adopt conservative ideology.

His Twitter account was briefly suspended this month after he condemned Islam following the shooting.

“I’m here to give you a warning. I’m here to give you a warning from Europe,” Yiannopoulos said. “I’m from London, and I know what happens when governments and the media collude to pander to and mollycoddle Islam.”

Yiannopoulos discussed that gays should be armed and that if gays were armed at the Pulse nightclub, the shooting wouldn’t be as bad as it was.

“As they say on the Internet, armed gays don’t get bashed,” he said.

Yiannopoulos then related gun-free zones to safe spaces.

“The left likes to talk about safe spaces,” he said. “Well, safe spaces for murderers are gun-free zones.”

He also mentioned that the most deadly tragedies happen in gun-free zones because criminals don’t abide by laws.

Yiannopoulos then took issue with the progressive left and its relations to gays.

“The progressive left, the social justice warrior left in America is the single biggest enemy to gay people, to gay security and to the well-being of homosexuals and every other minority they claim to represent that exist in America today,” Yiannopoulos said to applause.

He honed in on UCF, where he was originally booked to speak on Tuesday with help from the College Republicans club.

“Now a slightly longer version of what I just said to you was supposed to be delivered at the University of Central Florida this week, but the police canceled my talk because they said they couldn’t guarantee my safety,” he said. “Well, I mean I thought that was reasonable until my team drove past a number of mosques in the center of Orlando yesterday to discover them crawling with police officers because woe betide anybody should be rude to Muslims. That would be a hate crime. Let’s make sure to arrest everybody who's causing trouble outside of mosques after, you know, what just happened.”

He added that UCF couldn’t spare six to eight officers to let a gay man say what the media, politicians and celebrities won’t.

His talk on campus was canceled so that the UCF Police Department could focus on the vigil for the victims of the shooting on the same night.

Yiannopoulos then turned his attention back to the left and Muslims.

“It (the left) creates a victimhood hierarchy with Muslims at the top. Well, the problem with putting Muslims at the top is they want to kill everyone else on the list,” he said to applause again.

Gavin McInnes, a journalist for The Rebel Media, was also at the press conference. He added to what Yiannopoulos was saying.

“We would literally rather die than offend. We would rather die than stray from the narrative,” McInnes said. “Right now, we have a culture in our country that wants to replace us, but our obsession with intolerance includes the intolerant. Our obsession with multiculturalism includes a monoculture that wants to replace us.”

McInnes denounced the religion.

“And, as a straight man standing here with a gay man, I would just like to say, ‘(expletive) you, Islam,’” he said.

“There is one minority on campus that is completely untouchable, is beyond reproach,” Yiannopoulos said. “There is one minority on campus if you say anything remotely critical about, your education’s in trouble, your ability to graduate is in trouble. That’s Muslims.”

He ended the press conference by letting the media ask questions. There were no protesters, and most of the crowd consisted of his supporters.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to understand we do all have our differences when it comes to our political and our sexual orientation, but nobody deserves to be murdered,” said Jay Smith, a member of the military in the crowd. “And, I think it should expose some of what goes on in Islamic culture.”

Adam Lipinski, an elementary school music teacher, also agreed with Yiannopoulos’ speech.

“We got to make sure the Second Amendment stays and people protect themselves,” Lipinski said.

Before leaving, Yiannopoulos met with the fans who attended the event. The YouTube video of the press conference has over 450,000 views.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Gavin McInnes' last name was misspelled as "Mcinnes" in the caption. The Baked Alaska photo also incorrectly omitted the word "event" in the caption. The errors have since been fixed.

Story originally published on June 16, 2016.

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