Today’s outrage: Shooting range billboard says “the only time we take a knee…”

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Rather Annoying Communist Inspired Silencing Tactic.

From Philly.com: A  gun range in Camden County is resisting calls to take down two billboards that activists say aggravate racial tensions and mock NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with race,” said Wesley Aducat, owner of the South Jersey Shooting Club in Winslow Township, which put up one of the billboards several weeks ago near Route 73 in Voorhees Township. The second appears on a digital sign near Routes 73 and 130 in Pennsauken. “It’s just support for our veterans.”

The signs say: “The only time we take a knee…” and show the silhouette of a person shooting a rifle, with the website of the club at the bottom.

Aducat said he supports the right to protest but doesn’t agree with kneeling during the anthem, particularly since many of the club’s members are veterans. He said he has no plans to remove the billboards.

That has upset the NAACP’s Camden County East chapter. It says the signs twist the message of kneeling, which is meant to bring attention to systemic racism and police brutality against people of color.

“We’re talking about police murdering unarmed black people,” NAACP member Keith Benson Sr. said. He called the signs racially divisive and has encouraged people to call the club to complain. “They deserve all the disrespect they’re going to get as a result of putting it up. But they probably thought they were clever. They probably thought they were strong, patriotic Americans.”

South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, a group that formed after the 2016 presidential election to empower women, has also told its members to call the club. Susan Druckenbrod, one of the group’s members, said she recently talked to an employee: “I told them the billboard was offensive, and he said, ‘That’s nice,’ and he hung up.”

Druckenbrod had one word for the billboards: “Racist.”

“We’re living in a very difficult time right now. People are trying to stand up for black and brown people to say, ‘Hey this is not right,’” she said. “That sign really is just mocking the idea of taking a knee.”

The shooting club, which says it is affiliated with the National Rifle Association and requires members to join the NRA, operates along Piney Hollow Road in Winslow, just off the Atlantic City Expressway. (Carmen Console, the club’s membership director, said he had nothing to do with the billboards, despite being named in social media posts as the person to call).

On the club’s Facebook page, people left comments both supporting (“Love the sign on 73!”) and criticizing the signs. One woman wrote, “I’m sure there’s a way to advertise responsible common sense firearm training and use that’s not offensive.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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20 responses to “Today’s outrage: Shooting range billboard says “the only time we take a knee…”

  1. “that activists say aggravate racial tensions”

    Yawn . . . .

    Liked by 6 people

  2. I love the billboard! If anti Americans don’t like America, get out, and on your way out let us strip you of your citizenship so you will feel cleansed.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. Ooooh, ooooh! Whatever we do, lets’ not “upset” the easily triggered. I agree…..yawn!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Hooray for the gun club.
    And here is a message to the race mongers: Your boy that cried Wolf routine NO LONGER WORKS.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. that billboard should be posted at every nfl stadium and ‘gun-free’ zone

    Liked by 4 people

  6. I just learned the meaning of Have gun will travel -basically means you have the tool to do the job and you are willing to travel to work.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Love this billboard. It is awesome. Right on the money. They can take it any way the want, but keep the billboard up.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. I like MomOfTV’s comment. Here’s mine: Hey, you asshats STFU! You started it!

    Liked by 4 people

  9. I’d put up an even larger billboard.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. If they want to rent a couple more I’ll contribute.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. we take a knee when shooting a rifle, when kneeing someone in their gut during a fight and when we doing doggie style with women….

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  12. I have been boycotting the nfl since this started and their sponsors as well there is way to much blood on that flag and this means no forgiveness over this until they are willing to risk their lives for my freedom they do not have the right to do it. Laws or no Laws

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  13. If Kaepernick wants to take a knee then that is up to him. I do admire his courage and convictions.

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