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Monday, 07 September 2015 16:35

No Muslim Terrorist Wants This Gun - Florida Crusader Sparks Controversy Featured

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Gun sales appear brisk at Spike's Tactical in Apopka, Florida where you can buy an assault rifle the store claims is "designed to never be used by Muslim terrorists."

Assuring this, are two etchings, one on each side of the stock. One is a Knights Templar Long Cross - symbolizing the Reclamation of the Holy Land by Christian Crusaders and the other is Psalm 144.1 -"Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, for fingers for battle."

Equally as noteworthy is Spike's spokesman, former Navy Seal Ben "Mookie" Thomas. He says the rifle was his idea and based on what he knows about Muslims, "no devout Muslim would touch such a weapon."

"Off the cuff I said I'd like to have a gun that if a Muslim terrorist picked it up a bolt of lightning would hit and knock him dead," Thomas said.

Named the "Crusader" Spike's put it on sale last Wednesday and immediately the Council for American-Islamic Relations of Florida (CAIR-FL) condemned the concept.

"We need to have a conversation on gun violence. Is it designed for Christian terrorists?" asked Hasan Shibly, executive director of CAIR-FL. He claims the gun's shop tactic is just a cheap way to make a buck and cited statistics he claimed support the fact that few Muslims are involved in killing Christians.

Of course, this claim is refuted by the mass of evidence supporting the high number on non-Muslims and particularly Christians targeted by ISIS, AL-Queda and other Muslim oriented extremist groups currently operation around the globe.

This is not the first time a gun show has been in the news over Muslim-Christian relations. Last summer, Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Florida received nationwide coverage after owner Andy Hallinan declared a "Muslim-free zone" at his store followiing the July 16 slayings of five military recruiters in Chattanogga, Tennessee by confirmed Muslim, Muhammad Youseef Abdulazeez.

Shibly said on behalf of CAIR-FL he wanted to "engage" Spikes in dialogue.
Spike's Tactical replied saying their actions wasn't an intentional insult to Muslims but "America and much of the world is threatened by Islamic terrorism" and that the "Crusader is a symbol of shared Christian values including the right to defend themselves," Thomas said.

He added, "Our goal is not to offend or alienate good people," referring to the reaction by CAIR-FL. "The difficult issues people have with each other need to be brought to the table. Often these are hurtful and painful but it's important to be honest."

The safety selector switch has three distinct settings; "Peace", "War" and "God Wills It." A Crusader ranges from about a thousand dollars up to three thousand depending on the features and model.

Spike's Tactical was founded by Mike and Angela Register in 2001. It is a family owned business that employs more than 40 people and makes enough components to construct more than 10,000 customized rifles a year.

"For men, accessorizing their guns is like women accessorizing their outfits, said CEO Angela Register.

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