CONROE, Texas (KPRC) – Texas gun store and shooting range come under fire following text message to customers announcing ‘not guilty’ sale after acquittal by Kyle Rittenhouse.
The Saddle River chain texted customers early Saturday morning telling them the big holiday sale would start later today and last until Thanksgiving. The sale includes offers on guns, optics, bags and gun parts, among other items.
The decision to promote the sale using an image of Rittenhouse aroused mixed emotions. The 18-year-old was acquitted on Friday of charges of killing two men and injuring another during unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white police officer last year .
“We celebrated the acquittal from a Second Amendment and Right to Defend perspective,” said Thomas Bolsch, owner of Saddle River Range. “We have not celebrated and are not celebrating the loss of life.”
Longtime customer Austin Mack says he doesn’t understand why people have been offended.
But another customer wrote on the store’s Instagram page, “I really respect this store. I bought my first pistol from all of you. But as a young black man, also a young business owner, it doesn’t give me confidence in the legal system, and I don’t like the fact that you all are capitalizing on something that is still so recent.
Despite some negative reviews, Bolsch says most customers were supportive and positive. He says he sticks to his message and that he had no bad intentions.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said.
Dr James Dixon, president of the NAACP Houston branch, says he understands the need for business owners to promote sales and try to make money, but warned it could also divide further. the community.
“It cannot be lost that they were protesting the unfair shooting of a young African American man named Jacob Blake, so the nation’s tone has turned in the wrong direction,” Dixon said. “I think it would behoove us all to be sensitive to the messages we send.”
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