PINETOP, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – A gun shop owner who favored Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the most recent election has banned supporters of President Barack Obama from his store.
“If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave!” a sign outside of his store reads, according to the official Facebook page of the Southwest Shooting Authority. “You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
The message is signed by the management of the store, who elaborated on the social networking site that principle is more important to them than money.
The photo was posted by Cope Reynolds, who names himself as the owner of the shop.
Many who follow the Southwest Shooting Authority – of the nearly 1,850 in total who do – have shown support of the store’s anti-Obama stance. As of Saturday night, 530 people clicked “like” on the image, and over 2,100 people had shared it with their network of friends.
Some also took the time to write their support on the Facebook page.
“Keep it up guys,” one fan wrote. “The liberals who are going to spew their hatred here are the same goofballs who oppose gun ownership anyway. So it isn’t like you will lose any business over it.”
Not everyone was supportive, however.
“Let me get this straight. Liberals who voted for Obama want to take our guns. You want to keep Liberals from owning guns,” another commenter said. “This means you are FOR gun control when it comes to allowing Liberals to own guns, which therefore would make you a Liberal which in turn means you shouldn’t allow yourself to own guns.”
According to the Phoenix New Times, the message addresses the reported 736 people in Pinetop who voted for the re-election of Obama.
Reynolds added to the paper that the ban is about making a political statement and admitted that they would only know who voted Democrat “if they own up to it.”
“This goes way beyond gun control, which many think is why we did this,” he was quoted as saying in an e-mail to the New Times. “I should have as much right to post a sign on my door as those that post ‘No Guns’ on their doors.”