Target: Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply
Goal: Apologize for being racist and banning muslims from his store.
Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Fla., has banned Muslims from his gun shop, declaring it a “Muslim-free zone.” He announced this with a Confederate flag hanging behind him in a video that he posted to his store’s Facebook page. Hallinan cites the recent shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., of four Marines and a sailor by a Kuwait-born man.
“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,” Hallinan said in the video. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
He then went on to say that any political leaders who claim Islam is a peaceful religion are liars. He even discussed his view on the Confederate flag, which many have condemned as racist, as just being a symbol of heritage of the South. This is laughable considering he chose it as a symbol in his racist video.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the policy reviewed, saying that it’s similar to the “no blacks” or “whites only” signs posted on stores during the civil rights era. This kind of ignorant, racist behavior cannot be tolerated. Tell Andy Hallinan to stop being a bigot and apologize for his racist remarks.
Dear Andy Hallinan,
You have banned Muslims from his gun shop, declaring it a “Muslim-free zone” because of the recent shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., of four Marines and a sailor by a Kuwait-born man. Are you also going to ban white men from your store because of the recent shooting of four black church goers by the racist Dylann Roof?
You think that anyone who calls Islam a religion of peace is a liar. Do you also think anyone who calls Christianity a peaceful religion is a liar? Because Christianity has indeed been one of the most violent religions of all time.
Your ignorant, racist behavior cannot be tolerated. Stop being a bigot and apologize for your racist remarks.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Michael Saechang