The owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear–an Oklahoma gun range and survival store–have decided to declare their business a “Muslim free establishment” in light of the Chattanooga attack that killed four Marines and one Sailor.
The alleged Chattanooga attacker–Mohammad Abdulazeez–was a Muslim. The Chattanooga attack followed a 2010 attack in which Yenothan Melaku confessed to shooting at the Pentagon and other military buildings, and “trying to desecrate graves at Arlington National Cemetery containing the remains of veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
That followed a November 5, 2009, attack in which Nidal Hasan opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding more than 30 others. The Fort Hood attack followed a June 2009 attack on a Little Rock recruiting office, in which Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad opened fire, killing Pvt. William Long.
In all these attacks, the perpetrators and alleged perpetrators were Muslim.
According to The Washington Post, gun range manager Chad Neal wanted to do his part to shield U.S. troops from further attacks.
I didn’t want any terrorists, or Muslims, cult, whatever you want to call them, training on my gun range. There is a military recruiting station in the mall in Muskogee, and I thought this was one thing I could do to help protect our local soldiers.
Neal opened the store with his fiancée Nicole Mayhorn, and they now have a sign in the front window that says, “This privately owned business is a Muslim free establishment, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Thank you.”
On August 13, Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear responded to the outpouring of support they have received since banning Muslims by posting a Facebook post that said:
Just fyi: Save Yourself Survival and Tatical Gear is overwhelmed with the show of support from all corners of America. We appreciate the encouraging comments and offers of assistance if we need it.
To the few trolls and haters: We certainly acknowledge your 1st Amendment right to free speech. We welcome constructive criticism on our page, however, we will not allow people to post lies and propaganda here. We are all about TRUTH. You can use your 1st Amendment to post propaganda on your own page. You will not be allowed a stage here. Cheers.. and always remember, An Armed America is a Free America!
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