Here in Arizona, we’re used to all the kooks and nuts that dwell in the state’s desert and forests. So when gun store owner Cope Reynolds of Pinetop ran a full-page ad in the local paper, followed by a sign in his store, saying, “If you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm,” it was met with a lot of eye-rolls.
Not so in many other parts of the country, where paranoia also runs rampant. Once the story hit the Internet, orders started flooding into his shop from the likes of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Idaho, Nevada and California. Business is booming so much that Reynolds attracted the attention of Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini. “I’ve been busier than a cat covering up poop on a marble floor,” Reynolds told the columnist. He insists that he hasn’t alienated any customers because Obama supporters don’t shop in his store anyway, but he’s sure gained more than a few.
Reynolds hasn’t confined himself to this single act of political agitation. He’s also asking Arizona supporters to sign a petition to secede from the union. “Myself and a whole hellava lot of other Americans are of the opinion that Obama’s goal is to destroy America, not make it better.” When Montini questioned him about what the President’s possible motives could be, the secessionist shop owner declared, “We could get into all kinds of conspiracy theories about him being Muslim and having orders from other places and all that. And there’s no way to prove any of that.”
Cope Reynolds insists he and many, many others are outraged by the “erosions of freedom” that Washington has enacted, so Montini questioned him about specifics.
Has he lost any of his right to bear arms? No.
Has he been prevented from stating his beliefs on signs, in the media, or on the Internet? No.
Has the government tried to stop him from making more money from his store because of his statements? No.
But, Reynolds insists, “They can’t destroy the entire constitution in a week.”
Probably not, but perhaps the shop owner is suffering from a minor oversight here: Obama has already been in office for four years. Um, right, Cope?