A gun range owner from Arkansas has taken the unprecedented step of banning Muslims from her business due to religious concerns she has that Islam commands them to “kill her.”
In a somewhat bizarre blog post, the owner of the shooting range, Jan Morgan, wrote that to her mind, Islam is not a religion and accordingly, Muslims shouldn’t be afforded any special protections under the U.S. Constitution.
As she wrote, “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?” The woman also claimed she had been the target of threats by Muslims in the past.
Obviously, Morgan’s blog posts have caused outrage and a Muslim rights group, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs on the grounds of racial and religious discrimination.
An attorney for the group, Jenifer Wicks, said that Morgan’s banning of Muslim patrons could “inevitably result in a hostile environment for ordinary Muslims in Arkansas.”
According to Morgan, her lack of trust in Muslim clients is due to the 9/11 and Boston Marathon attacks, and she noted that some of her clients were scared when two men with “Allah Akbar ring tone and message alert tones” walked into her gun range recently,
“They spoke very little English, one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot. 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.”
For her part, Morgan justified her racist position on Muslim clients due to advice she says she received from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Morgan claims that two agents told her, “if we feel ANY reason for concern about selling someone a firearm, even sense that something is not right about an individual, or if we are concerned about that [person’s] mental state, even if they pass a background check, we do not have to sell that person a gun.”
By way of tempering her comments, Morgan added, “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. 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.”