The Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store and gun range has had a string of ugly incidents after declaring they are “Muslim free”:
“We do not want to have any jihadis training on our gun range and then going down to our local armed services office and having better marksmanship than they showed up with,” said Neal, an Iraq War veteran. “I’ve seen what Muslims and jihadis do to people. It’s just not going to happen in my store.”
Several residents of tiny Oktaha, Oklahoma (population 390) have turned out to stand in front of the store and guard it with loaded weapons. Yesterday, one of these men accidentally shot himself while “on guard”:
A Checotah man shot himself in the wrist while “defending” a survival gear store and shooting range in Oktaha, said Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson.Terrence Veninga, 57, was volunteering Tuesday morning as an armed guard with several other self-described patriots at the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store and gun range, a self-professed Muslim-free store.
His gun, an old Colt .45 revolver, fell from its bucket holster and discharged. The bullet hit him in the wrist, Pearson said. Veninga was guarding the store because of alleged threats against it, Pearson said.
Complicating matters even more for the “patriots,” a U.S. war veteran, who is also a practicing Muslim, showed up to challenge their policy:
“They just said, ‘This is private property. You are not allowed here,’” Martin explained.Martin said that once the men learned he was a veteran, they said he was allowed on the gun range.
“They’re saying now it’s just [banning] someone who’s an extremist or terrorist,” Martin said.
Martin drove from California to confront the owners after he heard of their sign. He said he hopes his showing up sparks conversation on discrimination.
So, in one short day, one of the men shot himself and they were forced to back down from the policy after a veteran showed up to challenge it. You have to imagine this isn’t quite going down the way they’d hoped.
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