Jan Morgan, the owner of Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, doesn’t think it’s safe to allow Muslims to utilize her services. On Sunday, she posted to her blog and Facebook pages that she would not let Muslims into her firing range. The blog post itself received over 12,000 shares by readers (including my former professor Christian Broda) before it was removed yesterday. Morgan wrote:
“This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range…One mistake in judgment on my part could cost innocent people their lives.”
Morgan went on to say that the Constitution of the United States does not protect the rights of Muslims because it “does not protect a theocracy.”
Her announcement has been met with mixed opinions. The most telling parts of the post have many people debating the subject of religious freedom on a larger level. Should the country recognize a Muslim and their beliefs? How do we, as a nation, deal with a radicalized ideology that essentially hates everything we stand for? Although the argument that most Muslims are peace-loving, non-radicals is a valid one, there’s a point when the safety of the people must come before certain freedoms.