“This flag represents nothing but the rich heritage of the South and the willingness of patriots to stand up against tyranny of all sorts,”
INVERNESS, FL – Inverness-based Florida Gun Supply’s owner Andy Hallinan declared his store a “Muslim-free Zone,” in a politically controversial video posted on his business Facebook page. The post was met with a mix of support and strong criticism, particularly from the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate federal civil rights violations.
In the video, Hallinan sits in front of a back-drop of a Confederate flag. He begins talking about Southern heritage.
“This flag represents nothing but the rich heritage of the South and the willingness of patriots to stand up against tyranny of all sorts,” Hallinan says.
He says there is more racism in the U.S. now than there was before the Obama administration got into office.
“Our leaders are telling you that the cross is a symbol of intolerance and hatred, bigotry and anti-homosexuality. Don’t believe their lies,” Hallinan says.
And then Hallinan says the country’s leaders are lying when they say Islam is a peaceful religion.
“We are in battle patriots,” he goes on to say, “but not only with Isalmic extremism. We are also in battle against extreme political correctness that threatens our lives because if we can’t call evil “evil” for fear of offending people, then we can’t defeat our enemies.”
“I meant to be offensive,” Hallinan said “I meant to stir debate.”
Then the video takes another turn.
Hallinan announces he is offering free concealed carry gun classes and wants “patriots” to “get armed, get trained and carry daily… in case we are ever called upon to defend our lives or our community.”
He also declares his store a Muslim-Free Zone. He says this is in response to the recent shooting in Chattanooga, TN. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots,” Hallinan says.