From Mad World: On Friday, May 1, the Department of Justice announced its plans to monitor the Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas. However, the possibility of a full investigation has not been confirmed.
According to the Washington Post, the department’s decision to monitor the facility follows a complaint by two advocacy groups over the shooting range’s alleged “anti-Muslim” policy. Last year, the Council on American-Islamic Relation and the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union voiced concerns about remarks made by the shooting range’s owner, Jan Morgan.
Back in September of 2014, Morgan made headlines for a post she shared on her website. She gave a lengthy statement explaining why she refuses to “rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me.”
So, of course, Morgan’s perspective has sparked quite a controversy. CAIR argued that the range was “systematically banning Muslims from a place of business,” citing “a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination.” The ACLU demanded a federal investigation. Now, the DOJ insists it will be “monitoring the matter.”
CAIR has also released a response to the DOJ’s announcement. Needless to say, the organization is pleased with the development.
“We welcome this positive development and hope it leads to a thorough investigation of clear violations of the civil rights of American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim by the gun range owner,” CAIR’s civil rights litigation director Jenifer Wicks said in a statement.
However, they aren’t the only ones who have responded. Morgan is also adamant about standing her ground. She’s also stated that she’d shut down the range before she ever serves Muslims, reports The Examiner. On Saturday, May 2, she shared another post on her website revealing details about the uphill battle she’s faced for years where this matter is concerned. Even after receiving death threats from Muslims, she refuses to back down.
“I was prepared to fight this from day one. I will close my business before I will make any compromises that could jeopardize the safety and security of the members who shoot here… [I] will continue to follow the advise [sic] of two agencies within the DOJ to protect and defend my own life, as well as the lives of innocent American citizens in my presence, from any and all threats of violence connected to, and or associated with any and all terrorist organizations.
“I have nothing to hide. I have no secrets from the federal government.”
Although Morgan’s sentiments are highly understandable, the organizations will rely upon the fact that the shooting range is a place of business, which is why they should not be discriminated against.
What do you think about Morgan’s alleged “anti-Muslim” policy? Should a business have the right to refuse service? With all the gun ranges to pick from, why would anyone try to force their way into one where they’re not welcome? It would seem the better option is to go elsewhere and be among like-minded people.