Like most Americans, Andy Hallinan was shocked and disgusted by the Chattanooga terror attack that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead. And as the owner of Florida Gun Supply, a shop that sells firearms and instructs customers on their proper use, he decided that it was time to make some adjustments.
“I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots,” Hallinan said in a YouTube video. “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’s declaration was predictably controversial. Thousands of supporters have registered their defense of Hallinan online, but pro-Muslim groups are not among their number. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the Justice Department to investigate Hallinan’s store to see if he is violating federal law. “These bigoted declarations are no different than ‘whites only’ signs posted in businesses during a period of our nation’s history that we had hoped was over,” said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
Hallinan does not appear to be enforcing the Muslim-free policy through any specific actions, however, which likely means there is nothing the Justice Department can do about it. In fact, he has expressed a certain amount of open-mindedness in later comments. He is not “bigoted.” He is an American who is rightfully afraid and angry about the very Islamic terrorism the Obama administration would like to pretend does not exist.
Muslims may get upset over people like Hallinan and Pamela Geller, but they have brought this on themselves. This is a cancer in their own community, and they should be on the front lines when it comes to stamping it out. American flags should fly high above every mosque in the country. The word Muslim should become synonymous with patriotism. When they can change perceptions to the point where someone hears a Muslim name and thinks “great American” before “terrorist,” they will have proven themselves worthy of respect.
Instead, representatives from CAIR and other Muslim groups sound more like the terrorists than they do American patriots. They claim to abhor terrorism and support only moderate, peaceful Islam, but they always seem to be on the defensive. Always complaining. Always skirting around direct questions regarding their allegiances and beliefs. Maybe if radicals waving the flag of Islam were not killing innocent Americans, gun store owners wouldn’t be discriminating. Instigators wouldn’t be holding Draw Mohammad contests. Passengers wouldn’t squirm in their seats when men with beards and brown skin boarded their planes.
When Muslim leaders refuse to condemn terrorism in a believable way, don’t be surprised when Americans are confused about what the average Muslim believes. When leaders in Washington refuse to take the proper steps to secure the nation, don’t be surprised when the citizens themselves take the burden on themselves. It may not be politically expedient for Obama to call a spade a spade, but someone has to do it.