Target: Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply
Goal: Stop discriminating against Muslim patrons at small business.
American Muslims are no longer allowed to shop at a gun supply store after the Inverness, Florida business owner Andy Hallinan declared his shop a “Muslim-free zone.” This is blatant discrimination that will likely impact both a religious minority and people of Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian descent. Demand that this hateful, bigoted policy be lifted at once.
In response to the recent Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting that left five military members dead at the hands of a man named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, Hallinan posted a five minute long video on his gun store’s Facebook profile. Sitting in front of the racist Confederate flag, he opined melodramatically on the woes of the modern cisgender heterosexual white male American Conservative, complaining about the “extreme political correctness that threatens our lives” and the fact that the recognition of racism in law enforcement is becoming mainstream.
Hallinan reserved his most choice words for Muslims, however. “Our leaders are telling you that Islam is a peaceful religion, full of tolerance and love and hope. Don’t believe their lies,” he stated as sentimental music played in the background. “We’re in battle, patriots… I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone.”
Enforcing such a ban would religious discrimination and, given Islamophobia’s deep intersection with racism, very likely racial discrimination as well. It is disgusting and has no place in our society. Sign the petition below to demand that Hallinan immediately lift this atrocious, fear-mongering ban at once.
Dear Mr. Hallinan,
I am writing you today regarding the “Muslim-free zone” you have instituted at your Florida Gun Supply store. This ban is nothing but xenophobic hate and its enforcement will very likely put you up against federal anti-discrimination statutes.
No one can deny that there are Islamic extremists in the world. What can be outright debunked, however, is how much of a threat they are to Americans here in the United States. Millions of Americans are Muslims who want to live normal lives and, time and time again, they condemn every act of violence committed by Islamic extremists both here and around the world. You, and many others, are too caught up in your anti-Muslim narratives to pay attention to them and realize this.
You have already conceded that you do not know how to enforce this ban, and that you would not be able to ask every person who comes into your store what their religion is. In the absence of that, you would be reduced to identifying potential Muslims by their race or their names, which is almost certainly illegal.
This “Muslim free-zone” is at once unnecessary, unenforceable, and bigoted. American Muslims have the exact same rights as you and deserve to be treated as equals. I demand that you lift this ridiculous ban at once.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Sand LePhon