In response to a Kuwait-born gunman’s shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor, a Florida gun shop owner has declared his store off-limits to all Muslims.
Florida Gun Supply store owner Andy Hallinan posted a Youtube video explaining his decision, claiming that by banning Muslims from his story and denying them training, he is protecting his “fellow patriots.”
“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.”
However, in an ensuing comment, he seems to back off a bit…
“If they come in here and they say, ‘Hey, I don’t believe in Jihad. And I don’t believe that killing some innocent people in the name of religion is the right thing to do,’ then they’re as American as you or I.”
It’s not clear how Hallinan plans to distinguish the difference between peaceful Muslims and potential jihadists. But at any rate, his comments caught the attention of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who says what this store is doing violates federal law. And they are calling for the Department of Justice to investigate.
Hallinan hasn’t broken any laws unless he actually follows through on his threat to deny a Muslim from buying a gun from his store, located in Inverness, Florida. He also claims that he has studied the Koran and believes that it commands Muslims to kill all non-Muslims.
“I believe that the vast majority of Muslims are not out to kill us. But unfortunately, the Koran, the way it’s written commands them to.”
Hallinan’s logic seems to defy the common refrain that if a bad guy wants a gun, they can get one without buying it at a store and being subject to a background check and other potential regulations imposed by the government. So we strongly suspect that this is nothing more than a symbolic ploy meant to bring attention to Hallinan and his store.
Whether he is serious or not about his “Muslim-free zone”, It’s a disgusting act meant to capitalize on the irrational fear and bigotry that many Americans have towards Muslims.