Michigan: Hamas-linked CAIR gets target range to stop selling Muslim target
“Given the upsurge in shootings across our country, we have a concern that someone who has been shooting at targets may run across someone wearing similar garb and commit an act of violence against them,” said Dawud Walid of Hamas-linked CAIR. And he said of the ironically named Mr. Jihad: “He told me we’re at war and we were trying to kill Usama bin Laden. I told him there are people here who may dress that way and they aren’t like Usama bin Laden.”
No innocent people should ever be victimized, and there is no justification for such a thing. Yet Thompson Targets, the source of the target, also sells a “Wall Street” zombie target, and yet no one is complaining to them about the possibility that someone may start shooting Wall Street bankers because of it. Certainly there are “people here who may dress that way and they aren’t like Usama bin Laden,” but that is true of virtually every violent group — that there are non-violent people who may dress and act the same way. Walid’s jihad here is part of Hamas-linked CAIR’s larger and ongoing effort to rule out of the bounds of acceptable discourse any examination of jihad violence and Islamic supremacism, with the goal of removing all impediments to them, and of portraying Muslims as victims of unjust suspicion, so as to intimidate non-Muslims into dropping any and all counterterror efforts.
Note also that neither the local paper nor Fox bothers to mention that the Justice Department named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Nor do they mention that CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. They say nothing about the fact that several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Nor do they mention that CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements, or that its California chapter distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
“Royal Oak range to stop selling target wearing Muslim attire,” from the Observer & Eccentric, February 9 (thanks to Mitch):
ROYAL OAK — The owner of a gun range in Royal Oak has agreed to stop selling a specific target that depicts a skeleton with a beard dressed in traditional Muslim clothes and holding an AK-47.Ray Jihad, owner of Target Sports on Woodward Avenue, was approached by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, last week following a complaint from a customer who was concerned the targets sent the wrong message.
“Given the upsurge in shootings across our country, we have a concern that someone who has been shooting at targets may run across someone wearing similar garb and commit an act of violence against them,” Walid said.
Jihad said if it made Walid happy, he would stop selling the targets.
“If they are offended by it, I told him as soon as I sell out of them I will not purchase any more,” he said.
The target is sold by Thompson Targets in Ohio, which also sells a “Wall Street” zombie target and another skeleton target that is wearing a mask and holding a knife.
Walid said he spoke with them and they asked his request be sent to them in writing.
His issue is that there are Muslims around the world who are “friends of our country” and don’t mean harm, but who dress a similar way.
“Would he find it acceptable if there was a target with someone wearing a hoodie and saggy jeans, because there is a small population of black and Latino youth involved in gang activity?” Walid said.
The organization is in the process of researching other retailers in the area that may be selling the target to urge them to stop.
Walid said Jihad was “extremely friendly” and understood where they were coming from, and he is hopeful other gun ranges and retailers follow suit.
And from “Muslim group appeals to gun shop to stop selling target of skeleton wearing turban,” from Fox News, February 10:
“He told me we’re at war and we were trying to kill Usama bin Laden. I told him there are people here who may dress that way and they aren’t like Usama bin Laden,” Walid told the Macomb Daily.
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