A Florida gun store operator has banned Muslims from his establishment, arguing that he has a right to deny service to anyone he considers a threat. Andy Hallinan made his decision after the shootings at military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week.
Florida Gun Supply of Inverness, Fla., was declared a “Muslim-free zone” in a video Hallinan posted online over the weekend.
In response, President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice announced that it would launch a civil rights investigation into Hallinan’s establishment.
That’s the Obama administration: a radical Islamic extremist kills five American servicemen and the Pentagon suggests that recruiting offices keep their window blinds closed from now on. But if there’s even a hint than a Muslim could possibly see his civil rights violated at some indeterminate point in the future, Katie bar the door.
“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 announced in a video posted to Facebook. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
The video had been viewed about 35,000 times by Tuesday morning and doubled that number over the next few hours as news got around.
“I’m not going to be asking every person who walks in what their religious background is. That’s not my business,” Hallinan told WFLA (H/T BizPac Review). “But I do have the right to deny firearms and training to anyone I deem as a threat.”
It’s past time for patriots like Hallinan to step up and speak their consciences. If his words are truly intolerant or, as Obama himself might say, on the wrong side of history, then the free market will prove that out by negatively impacting Hallinan’s bottom line as consumers choose to stop doing business with him.
But that is probably not the case — and the Obama Justice Department may actually feel pressure to intervene before the free market proves who really is on the wrong side of history.
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