OUTRAGE: ‘Muslim-Free Gun Shop’ Selling Obama, Hillary, Bernie Targets
Florida Gun Shop Owner’s ‘Muslim-Free’ Store Now Selling Bernie, Obama, and Hillary Targets
A Florida man (which, coincidentally, is how all the best news stories begin) made headlines in 2015 when he banned Muslims from his gun shop. Now, the infamous “Muslim-free gun store” is making headlines again—this time for selling targets with the faces of President Barack Obama, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton adorning them.
‘Muslim-Free Gun Shop’ Selling Obama, Hillary, Bernie Targets pic.twitter.com/v2q9W62v6H
— Timothy Bertrand (@BertrandMedia) May 31, 2016
Last July, gun store owner Andy Hallinan announced via YouTube that he would refuse service to anyone he suspected of being Muslim.
“I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community,” he said. “And so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone. . . I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
The gun store’s policy of discrimination has proven to be influential. Last August, my Reverb Press colleague Lanie Fields reported on an ironic incident at a similar “Muslim-free” gun range.
You may remember George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2013. Seeking to capitalize off of his new-found popularity in right-wing media, Zimmerman joined forces with Hallinan to sell artwork through the store, stating he was doing so to meet his living expenses.
Hallinan is now offering targets of three prominent Democrats a website he started called “BernieTargets.com.” At press time, the targets were discounted to $4.99 from an original price of $9.99—though that may change as more media outlets begin reporting on the story.
There is a fine line between parody and inciting violence, and Mr. Hallinan is doing little to quell the ideological outrage that spills over into real-life tragedies.
Featured image a screengrab via Twitter, with modifications from the author.
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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.