Tactical Firearms, a Texas gun shop, has been embroiled in controversy before with their controversial marquees. These have included claiming that Obama likes undocumented voters and suggesting that mentally ill people shouldn’t have any rights. The trolls are used to the attention.
But this time, it may have gone beyond the pale. The most recent sign set up by comedian and CEO Jeremy Alcede asks:
“Does one of Obamas [sic] family members have to be beheaded for ‘change’ to happen?”
I look and see what’s going on throughout the week, realize what’s an issue, what needs to be fixed, and if I think it’s important then that’s what I’ll voice my opinion.
You can only fit so much on a marquee — which fits even fewer characters (79) than a tweet (140) — which explains why it’s a poor platform to make a political statement.
What type of “change?” In what way? How would it be accomplished? What would be possible results? This message tells me that Alcede is an arm-chair political observer who doesn’t know how anything works but wants to air his inane opinion anyway, and in the process, inject even more ideological chaff into a serious discussion already suffering from integrity issues.
If you don’t have any realistic solutions, don’t air your opinion. There is enough intellectual static and bumper sticker slogans clouding politics today as it is. Even on Twitter — as opposed to this sign — people can respond in real-time and a real conversation can take place.
To those who find the gun shop sign understandably offensive, Alcede defiantly responds:
“You should show them the news and say this is reality kids. Beheadings happen, but they shouldn’t.”
Katy resident Stacy Hayes said that she agrees with the sign, adding:
“He’s saying the things the rest of us might be afraid to say.”
Well, maybe there’s a reason this woman should be “afraid to say” things like this: because, deep down, she doesn’t want to look like a whirling idiot.
Not everyone agrees the sign’s effective, but Alcede says that as long as his business remains open, he’s going to keep exercising his First Amendment rights on the marquee, since that’s proven to be the ideal place for it in the past. Perhaps Alcede also thinks these signs are good for business. On June 25th, KHOU reported Tactical Firearms was struggling to avoid foreclosure.
Watch KHOU’s report on the Texas gun shop sign.