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Scoot: If you voted for Obama ? are you responsible enough to own a gun?

 11.20.12   scoot@wwl.com - “If we lose the whole business it doesn’t matter, the bottom line is – my values.” – Cope Reynolds, owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, AZ.
 
And so the post-election wrath continues!  If you are a business owner and you vehemently opposed President Obama and still denounce everything he stands for, are you continuing to do business with customers who voted for Obama?  Would you like to distinguish between the Obama and Romney voters to determine who you want to do business with?
 
The obvious question is – how do you know who someone voted for?  Well, you don’t…unless that question is asked.   In theory, this gun shop owner should ask everyone who is purchasing a firearm who they voted for…and if the answer is Obama, then he should refuse to sell them a gun.
 
Cope Reynolds issued an announcement on his website: Ammoland that read in part:  “Effectively immediately, if you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
As a talk show host I am keenly aware of the divisive nature of the political debate in 2012, but to refuse to do business with a customer based only on their “vote” seems to defy the concept that our Constitution protects ALL citizens.
 
I understand that a private business owner has a right to refuse to do business with customers under certain circumstances as long as the refusal is not founded in discrimination.  I’m not arguing that there is legal ground to force this gun shop owner to sell guns to American citizens who voted for President Obama, but I am addressing the ridiculousness of the policy.
 
If this business owner, or any business owner for that matter, feels so strongly about their “values,” one has to wonder if businesses should refuse to sell a gun to someone who is pro-choice or favors legalization of pot?  Or, some businesses could refuse to serve those who don’t respect “choice” or legal pot or same-sex marriage.  Do you ask your customers who they voted for or what their stance is on a myriad of hot-button political issues?  Or, does your business just do what’s good for business?
 
I believe in freedom of speech and that includes the freedom to denounce the hateful political debate in America which has led to a businessman announcing that he will refuse to do business with anyone who voted for the candidate he opposed.  This is truly a microcosm of the respect we have lost for a country founded on the idea that disagreement is acceptable.
 
Cole Reynolds, the gun shop owner in Arizona said there has been a lot of “vile, rude and hateful comments” regarding his policy.  Don’t you think refusing to do business based on someone exercising their “right to vote” is vile, rude and hateful?
 
BTW:  if you go to the Southwest Shooting Authority and if, while purchasing a gun, they ask if you voted for Obama and you did – do what all politicians do – LIE!


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11/20/2012 7:07AM
Scoot: If you voted for Obama – are you responsible enough to own a gun?
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11/20/2012 7:40AM
You gotta love that 2nd Amendment
The RIGHT to bear arms. Southwest Shooting Authority could be in trouble if they try to enforce this.
11/20/2012 7:59AM
Idiot!
Obama has never even proposed a gun ban bill of any kind, but Romney signed an assault ban in Ma. when he was governor. Typical brain dead nerd....hahahah!!!
11/20/2012 8:13AM
Another republican hypocrite - whats new
So you're worried that Obama will restrict gun sales even though he never did such a thing - so what do you do? YOU restrict gun sales to 50% of the public! Gotta love your reasoning.
11/20/2012 8:42AM
Kinder/gentler
Probably somewhere in the family tree related to John (I hate everybody, and can't keep my mouth shut about it) Mcain, and Joe (hang um high) Arpiao. The world and the US have changed, for better or worse. They need to suck it up, or get used to it as the proverbial sun sets.
11/20/2012 8:48AM
I think the whole idea of stopping sales based on who you voted for is dumb
Mainly because it is social retribution for your vote. This country is supposed to be free from that type of voter intimidation, yet this guy proves how much he loves America by going against America's values. What a bleeping hypocrite.
11/20/2012 8:48AM
His values...
...do not include respect for democracy. Now where would someone, with values including unlimited private gun ownership but not representative government, really find happiness? Somalia?
11/20/2012 8:52AM
Store Motto
I propose a new store motto for the Southwest Shooting "Authority" : Ready, Fire, Aim.
11/20/2012 9:18AM
Southwest Shooting "Authority
hahaha, best thing he can do, go out of business and request government assistence
11/20/2012 9:19AM
Southwest Shooting "Authority
only thing he is going to do, is to go out of business and request government assistence
11/20/2012 9:43AM
Support for Free Speech
you must be of the opioion that he only has a right to his opioion if it agrees with yours, in this land we are allowed to have independant opioions, this is his. in a free market his business will survive "if" the majority of his clientele agree with him, if not his business will fail, either way it is his business, his opioion and his choice. You should support his opioion even if you completely disagree, it is one of our greatest freedoms, "The Right to Free Speech"
11/20/2012 10:42AM
I general don't shop...
I general don't shop at store that advertise on right wing radio because they are supporting people who opinion I don't want spread. Is this that much different.
11/20/2012 10:45AM
I generally don't shop... with grammar corrections.
I generally don't shop at stores that advertise on right wing radio because they are supporting people whose opinion I don't want spread. Is this that much different.
11/20/2012 10:51AM
Look at his record before he was president.
1997-2004: As an Illinois state senator, Obama supports banning all forms of semi-automatic weapons and tighter state restrictions generally on firearms, including a failed effort to limit handgun purchases to one per month. 2005: In the US Senate, Obama votes against protecting firearms makers and dealers from lawsuits over misuse of their products by others. The bill is signed into law by President George W Bush.
11/20/2012 11:35AM
This is actually pretty clever!
It's no secret that folks on the Left are more inclined to support restrictions on gun ownership. IOW, they're less likely to belong to a gun shop's Frequent Shopper club. These folks will now go out, en masse, buy a gun in protest ofthe policy. This is marketing genius!
11/20/2012 11:36AM
This is actually pretty clever!
It's no secret that folks on the Left are more inclined to support restrictions on gun ownership. IOW, they're less likely to belong to a gun shop's Frequent Shopper club. These folks will now go out, en masse, buy a gun in protest ofthe policy. This is marketing genius!
11/20/2012 11:45AM
I Don't Blame Him
Who wants to be around Obama voters anyways? They are vile human beings who despise freedom in any form.
11/20/2012 12:15PM
really
so you voted for Romney who actually proposed and anti-gun legislation and you are against Obama who never proposed any and actually said he would not. You sir are a genius and clearly smart enough to own a gun
11/20/2012 12:20PM
justanotherbusinessguy
alienating potential customers is stupid. bad business. while it may generate short-lived, hype-generated sales, it won't last long term as hype never does. he forgets many conservatives are tired of this type of vitriol from the rednecks and will take their business elsewhere. rednecks business = short marriage.
11/20/2012 12:32PM
I voted for Obama, I am a vet and I own firearms.
So there. Get Over It.
11/20/2012 12:33PM
Are you kidding?
I'd gladly do business with one of his more open minded competitors. I still do business with many firms with conservative owners, but not ones who insult my intelligence. A local lumberyard owner is always on Facebook talking about how stupid liberals are. He lost my business forever.
11/20/2012 12:36PM
scoot
i love this guy, he is right, the average obama voter is not smart enough to be trusted with a gun
11/20/2012 12:41PM
I am more than happy to restrict business with the obamaots.
I have already undertaken a boycott of all stores in the Peoples Republic of Chapel Hill, NC. My blood pressure literally rises at the sight of so many obamination stickers. The thing is: I have informed the proprietors of those businesses of my reasoning. Although I personally think the mere presence of such a sticker is a valid indicator of defective mental capabilities, and the owners there of should at the very least loose their voting rights, or better yet be subject to removal to the Venezuela.
11/20/2012 1:03PM
racism = insanity
Should a insane person have the rights to freely speak or own a gun shop? Racism is a mental disorder akind to any perinoic state. There are people who are being treated for their racist paranoia as an mental illness.
11/20/2012 1:06PM
Did the whole republican party stop maturing at age 11?
Honestly...I have never in my life seen a bigger bunch of babies. How do these people manage to function?
11/20/2012 2:14PM
Who cares??
We already knew there were a lot of right wingnuts out there. His candidate lost. Obama won. 4 more years. This clown doesn't like it and this is his pathetic way of protesting. Big deal. If he goes under or stays in business, who really cares? He's still a moron, either way.
11/20/2012 2:19PM
The New America
Love it or Leave it, SW Shooting.
11/20/2012 2:21PM
The New America
Love it or Leave it, SWSA!
11/20/2012 3:36PM
GunLiberal
Seems to me that the ones who support Obama and liberal values, are the ones who MOST need a gun...liberal values are what keeps us free, its our flag too, and we take it seriously also
11/21/2012 7:09PM
SIlly Liberals
This has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment, and everythign to do with Obama reckless spending and redistrubution policies, which steals money from those earn it and gives it to those who don't. In other words, Obama supports slavery.
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