Linc Sample appears to have angered plenty of people with his “Black Rifles Matter” sign. According to Facebook, more than 90,000 people are talking about the #BlackRiflesMatter trend. The latest Twitter trends list proves the “Black Rifles Matter” sign has touched a nerve with folks who believe that #BlackRiflesMatter is trivializing the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
As seen in the below video from NBC News, Linc thinks that the “Black Lives Matter” supporters should be proud that Sample saw fit to use the “Black Lives Matter” twist for his “Black Rifles Matter” sign. Linc claims that “Black Rifles Matter” isn’t a diss to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, with Sample saying that his “Black Rifles Matter” means Linc is supporting his right to carry a black rifle — or any other gun Sample chooses — in Linc’s bid to stand up for gun rights.
According to the Associated Press, the “Black Rifles Matter” sign has gotten backlash in Maine and beyond from those who don’t like the ominous wording of the “Black Rifles Matter” large sign. The “Black Rifles Matter” wording is painted in all black on a white sign, with a painting of a large black rifle pointed towards the road.
Once again, in black lettering, the “Black Rifles Matter” sign states that black rifles are in the possession of the person who created the sign — Sample — and in large red lettering appears the word “no,” followed by black lettering that states no one can take Linc’s black rifles away from Sample.
The chamber of commerce in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, has fielded the complaints about the “Black Rifles Matter” sign that is on Sample’s property, in Linc’s private yard. Even though “Black Rifles Matter” is an obvious play on the “Black Lives Matter” phrase, Linc claims that his “Black Rifles Matter” sign is not about race issues.
Sample reportedly created his “Black Rifles Matter” sign after reading an article in a local publication that spoke of banning assault weapons. Afterward, Sample felt inspired to write “Black Rifles Matter” — not “Black Lives Matter” — on the large sign, which has drawn plenty of hubbub ever since Linc’s “Black Rifles Matter” epiphany.
On Facebook, a “Black Rifles Matter” group has drawn more than 1,800 members as of this writing.
However, people are calling for the “Black Rifles Matter” sign to be taken down. Sample has gotten all the legal permits Linc needs to keep his “Black Rifles Matter” sign alive, so that “Black Rifles Matter” sign might not go anywhere anytime soon.
On Twitter, the Black Rifles Matter sign has garnered thousands of posts about the topic. On Facebook, a variety of reactions to the “Black Rifles Matter” sign can also be found. Some are calling the “Black Rifles Matter” sign trivial and racist while others are siding with Sample and writing that the “Black Rifles Matter” sign represents their right to bear arms.
A sampling of the #BlackRiflesMatter feedback from social media can be read below.
“These nasty racist mother******* got #blackriflesmatter trending on Twitter. Somebody tell them they ain’t the only ones who own guns, and that the strong move quiet.”
“If you think a gun is scary and should be banned because it’s black and scary looking you’re a racist. #BlackRiflesMatter“
“Even if a black rifle is resisting arrest, the cops need to make sure they don’t go overboard in subduing it. Black Rifles Matter.”
“Harambe McHarambeface and Black Rifles Matter are trending. You’ve done it again, Twitter.”
“‘Black Rifles Matter’ is nothing more than today’s ‘burning a cross’ on black ppl lawn. Make no mistake, this is a threat for blk ppl.”
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