Sign at Gun Shop Causes a Stir; an Earlier Message Was Seen by Some as a Call for Violence to Obama

By Thompson, Adam | The Florida Times Union, November 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

Sign at Gun Shop Causes a Stir; an Earlier Message Was Seen by Some as a Call for Violence to Obama


Thompson, Adam, The Florida Times Union


Byline: ADAM THOMPSON

HULL, Ga. - A gun shop that used President-elect Obama's name to hawk weapons has backed down, saying the message was meant to champion gun rights, not threaten violence.

Georgia Outdoor Sports owner Carrie Mentel said she advertised an "OBAMA SALE!" on "GUNS AMMO ARCHERY" outside her Hull store Wednesday morning, hours after the election, because firearms enthusiasts are worried the new Democratic president soon will step all over their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

But some passing motorists interpreted the sign as a call for violence against the country's first black president.

After receiving complaints, Mentel on Thursday arranged new letters on the roadside sign, instead urging potential customers to "SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT."

"It's a bad choice of wording," Mentel said of the message using Obama's name - a message she changed immediately when the store received complaints.

Athens resident Shannon Foley was on her way home from Danielsville on Wednesday when she and her two children noticed the new president's name on the gun shop sign.

"My assumption was that it had to do with gun control laws, but it could be very easily misconstrued and hurtful," said Foley, a stay-at-home mom.

When she got home, Foley asked fellow members of a parenting group to call the shop to ask owners to change the sign. …

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