On January 11, when more than 40 world leaders and three million people marched in solidarity at a unity rally in Paris to commemorate the victims of Charlie Hebdo attacks, a Hindu father and son duo were threatened and booted out of an Arkansas ‘Muslim-free’ firing range.
The duo, who went to The Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs for a round of target practice, were Hindu but firing range owner, Jan Morgan, kicked them out anyway. The boy was actually born in America and lived in Hot Springs for ten years before going to an Arkansas college. “My dad and I used to go to this gun range but we haven’t had as much of a chance to go in recent years since I’ve been at college. It’s changed ownership recently,” he said.
“When we went in, a woman asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ We told her we were from Hot Springs. She said, ‘This is a Muslim-free shooting range,’ so if we are [Muslim] and if we don’t like the rule, then leave. We said that we’re not Muslim, but my dad asked, ‘Why is it Muslim-free?’ and they started having a conversation. Then, all of a sudden, I don’t know what went wrong, but she stopped us from filling out the paperwork and said ‘I don’t think you guys should be here.’ She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us,” he narrated the incident.
“We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim,” he continued, “When she first asked us, she said, ‘I would hope if you were Muslim you guys wouldn’t be cowards and would be up front about it’.”
Jan Morgan gave some weird reasons to defend her decision:
“Two men walked in to my range last week with Allah Akbar ring tone and message alert tones on their smart phones. They spoke very little English, one did not have proof of US citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns. They were constantly glancing toward the cameras in the range, then looking at each other and speaking in their own language. Their behavior was so strange, it frightened my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left. I lost business and the people who remained at my facility said they did so out of fear for my safety.”
If you align with a religion whose prophet is a mass murderer/pedophile that commands death to all non-Muslims, then YOU ARE A TERRORIST.
— Jan Morgan (@JanMorganMedia) January 11, 2015
And these are some of her super-weird reasons to make the range a Muslim-free Zone:
“The Koran (which I have read and studied thoroughly and which Muslims align themselves with), contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. My life has been threatened repeatedly by Muslims in response to my publication of those verses from their Koran. Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?
I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible. However, I hold adults accountable for the religion or organizations they align themselves with.
Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons, just as I would anyone else who aligns himself with an organization that commands him to commit crimes against innocent people.”
“We don’t discriminate against people based on their skin color. We do however, refuse to allow people to shoot here who display behavior that is irrational or might indicate they are under the influence of alcohol or mind altering drugs. We are dealing in lethal weapons here. I turn anyone away that I feel presents a safety and security risk to other patrons.” The Facebook post was accompanied with photographs of ‘Indian/Hindu shooters/members’.