Norwich, N.Y., Gun Shop Posts Sign Banning Obama Supporters (UPDATED)
Update: We interviewed the store’s owner. His comments appear below.
Heading Due North, a gun and sporting-goods store in Norwich, New York, posted two photos to its Facebook page of signs in front of the store criticizing anyone who voted for President Barack Obama or New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The store is owned and operated by David Francis, who also signed a letter posted on the storefront window.
The sidewalk sign reads: “IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA OR CUOMO U ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.”
He also posted a letter to the window of the shop, which says: “If you voted for President Obama or Governor Cuomo, you are not welcome in this store. Your actions have had a negative impact on the country and this business.”
These statements come after Vice President Joe Biden laid out a proposal that would allow Obama to take some gun-control action on his own without the need to go through Congress.
Similarly, Cuomo and the state legislature are expected to pass into a law the first gun-control legistlation since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, last month.
Update: We interviewed Francis about his decision to post the messages. Here is what he had to say:
The second amendment is about a freedom that we have. The premise of using Connecticut as a role model or justification for further gun control is wrong, and it’s an actual disgrace to people who have been harmed from the incidents in Connecticut. It’s the act of a madman. We’ve had gun-free school zones for years since the early 1990s. We’ve had a continual increase in violence since the nineties. We need meaningful legislation to curb the problem. Taking firearms from law-abiding citizens is not the answer.