A low-budget radio ad featuring a Texas handgun instructor, Crockett Keller, has gone viral, thanks to its controversial content. Transcript from KVUE News in Texas:
“We will attempt to teach you all the necessary information you need to obtain your C.H.L.,” the ad stated. Forty-five seconds in, the advertisement added a disclaimer.
“If you are a socialist liberal and or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as under the law.”
The ad continues, going on to say,”If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you and God bless America.”
It appears that Keller may be breaking the law. The Texas Department of Public Safety, the agency that oversees gun licensing in Texas, had this to say:
“The Texas Department of Public Safety certifies individuals to teach coursework and provide training required to be taken by individuals seeking to qualify for a Texas concealed handgun license. Certified instructors are required to comply with all applicable state and federal statutes. Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the Department at risk of suspension or revocation. The Department became aware of the statements in question yesterday and has begun an investigation into the matter. The Department will take appropriate administrative action based on the findings from the investigation.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center isn’t sure it’s so cut and dry.
It’s not clear whether this type of discrimination is lawful. Keller, though licensed by the state to teach the gun course, is not an employee of the state of Texas, and business owners do have considerable discretion in deciding whom they wish to serve. However, except in the case of private clubs, anti-discrimination laws generally prohibit businesses from denying service based solely on religion.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which issues concealed carry instructor permits, told Hatewatch that department officials learned of Keller’s ad earlier today. But they cannot take action unless a written complaint, complete with evidence, is filed. “In my opinion it’s a horrible thing for the guy to do,” the spokesman said, “but we have to go by protocol.”
Keller defends his ad. “I exercise my prerogative … to choose who would be good candidates for concealed handgun license,” he said. “I wish that the people who had taught the Muslims that flew the jets into the World Trade Center, I wish they had the forethought to think of what they were teaching these assassins.”
It might serve Keller to be reminded that the 9/11 hijackers carried box cutters, not guns.
KVUE video below: