What do you think of “The Crusader”?
A Florida gun manufacturer hopes Islamic terrorists will shun its new AR-15 rifle — “The Crusader” — like pork.
Spike’s Tactical, based in Apopka, Fla., has created a rifle with a Bible verse, Psalm 144:1, laser-etched into its side: “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” The rifle also features the Templar Long Cross.
“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,” company spokesman Ben “Mookie” Thomas told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. Thomas is a former Navy SEAL.
Hasan Shibly, executive director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida, expressed his disapproval of the AR-15 variant when asked for comment.
“Is it designed for Christian terrorists? We need to have a conversation on gun violence,” Shibly told the newspaper. “There has been utter silence from gun manufacturers. It’s time for them to stop trying to make a buck on this.”
CAIR’s Florida chapter also released a statement condemning “The Crusader.”
“Americans have tragically witnessed over 250 mass killings in 2015 alone, which amounts to more than one per each day. Only one of those killings involved a self-proclaimed Muslim,” the statement said, a local CBS affiliate reported. “Sadly, this manufacturer’s fancy new gun won’t do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence. This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division, and violence.”