Mississippi gun store: ‘We don’t sell to terrorists or democrats’
Tim Wolverton, owner of Down Range Sporting Goods in Jackson, set up two signs at a gun show over the weekend, one comparing Democrats to terrorists and the second stating, “If you voted for Kenneth Stokes or Barack Obama, you’re too stupid to own a gun. Please find another dealer.”
Who made this sign? I'll tell you and what Kenneth Stokes said about it at 6.16 WAPT News Jackson pic.twitter.com/B44ipsyOrp— Scott Simmons (@ScottSimmonsNwz) January 18, 2016
Wolverton told WDAM that Stokes, a councilman in Jackson, was featured on the poster because of his remarks earlier this month that people should “throw rocks and bricks and bottles” at police from other jurisdictions who are chasing criminals into Jackson.
Wolverton said the sign is his way of showing support for police, who he says are “underpaid” and “under appreciated.”
Stokes didn’t feel quite the same way about the poster. While saying it was a “privilege” to be mentioned alongside President Obama, he told Mississippi News Now that if Wolverton’s intentions are “anything but good… he’s a dumb bastard.”
One attendee said the sign was “a bit inappropriate… but for customer base I imagine it's pretty good for his business,” while another said it was “kind of offensive”.
A number of Twitter users branded the sign “awesome,” while user @Angelemichelle said it was “perfect.” “Ain't it the truth!” commented @BenGhaziGal.
It’s not the first controversial sign to pop up at a gun show, with a number of posters catching people’s attention, including these two targeted at Muslims.
This sign hung on a vendor table at the gun show in Jonesboro. pic.twitter.com/dV9SahrS— KJ Spillman (@KJSpillman) December 2, 2012
Others have taken aim at Obama for his stance on gun control over the years, using pretty much the same wording.
And one gun dealer encouraged sales using some rather unexpected reasoning.
Sign that says "Help us save unborn babies" over a table of ammo for sale at Greenville gun show. pic.twitter.com/X6Rq5A9Hm3— Scott Huffmon (@WinthropPoll) December 21, 2015
Stokes has requested the US Attorney General's office open an investigation into Wolverton’s business.
"A lot of illegal activity is taking place at these gun shows and if a gun dealer is crooked, that's how these guns get in these neighborhoods where we have so many murders," he told WDAM. "We are asking for an investigation. That way we don't have to allege anything."