On the day following the historic election of Barack Obama, it was clear, as reported by the Record-Eagle, that not everyone is excited about the nations first black president and, in fact, some are downright hostile.
The reference was to Rod Nyland, the managing employee of Hampels Key and Gun Shop in Traverse City. Nyland authorized the flying of an American flag upside down. As he explained, the purpose of doing this was to utilize an international signal to convey that we feel our country is in distress because the n___ got in. An hour later, Nyland apologized: I regret my choice of words. That was a poor choice and I apologize. Its probably not appropriate.
At this point, Jack Fellows, a salesman for Hampels, said he, not Nyland, was a spokesman for the gun shop. Fellows stood by the decision to display the upside-down flag as a distress signal warning for the country as basically a display of alarm. The winning presidential candidate, said Fellows, was not our choice and has the worst anti-gun record in Congress, let alone the Senate. Hes not fit to be president of the country.
While the NRA has opposed Obama, it is not true that he has the worst anti-gun record in Congress. For one thing, Obama supported the landmark decision upholding Second Amendment rights handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2008.