On Tuesday, Fox News reported that some tourists in the town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, were distraught after noticing a sign that read, “Black Rifles Matter,” a play on “Black Lives Matter.”
A lawn sign in Maine reading, "Black Rifles Matter," is offending some tourists. https://t.co/Ao1i7cpgNn
— necn (@NECN) September 12, 2016
According to Fox, Linc Sample, the creator of the handmade sign, said it’s about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to create the sign, Fox added, after he read an ad supporting a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
“That’s really a trigger for me — the assault weapons ban,” he told NECN.
But some visiting the town couldn’t handle the sign.
Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce Director Rick Prose said that they’ve received a few complaints from visitors.
“Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early,” Town Manager Thomas Woodin said.
Boothbay Harbor officials said Sample has the proper permitting and is exercising his First Amendment rights, despite some calling for the sign’s removal.
“People are ignorant. They shouldn’t be putting things out like that,” Paul Mayor, who was visiting Maine from Connecticut, told the station. “It’s taking a shot obviously at Black Lives Matter.”
Not everyone needed their diaper changed, however.
Another tourist, Jeremy Plasse believes that the town is doing the right thing by leaving the sign up.
“Massachusetts has a ban right now, and I think they should lift it,” he added.
Sample says he intends to change the sign soon.
On Tuesday, “Black Rifles Matter” began trending on Twitter.
Some had fun with the term, observing that camoflage rifles matter as well, while others used it in somewhat predictable ways:
Black Rifles Matter is fine as long as Blacks WITH Rifles Matter.
— Boisterous Blackness (@Boisterous_Blak) September 13, 2016
Another person wrote:
Black Rifles Matter! Black guns commit almost all the crime, & get all the attention. Nobody cares about pink guns, or red, or yellow ones.
— mike riced (@Iamomni72) September 13, 2016
Then there was this:
Black Rifles Matter. An unarmed black American is a foolish one. Arm yourselves now. We've been at war 500 years. pic.twitter.com/9dbGto9TJe
— OPERATION NATION (@OperationNation) September 13, 2016
The New York Daily News added:
Boothbay Harbor, a tiny town of 2,165, is a popular summer destination with vacationers, who visit its yacht-filled waterfront.
One can only hope there were enough diapers to go around…
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