Texas Gun Teacher Doubles Down on the Crazy

Remember that gun safety teacher in Texas who put out a radio ad for his conceal/carry classes that said he wouldn’t teach anyone who is a liberal or a Muslim? I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that he’s doubling down on his own ignorant bigotry. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Keller, 65, said that the ad was not a publicity stunt and that he stood by his remarks. In an interview outside his cabin behind the store on Thursday, he equated giving Muslims handgun training with providing flight instruction to the hijackers responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“Why would I teach people who have sworn the annihilation of the United States and who can lie, cheat, steal and murder Americans in order to further Islam?” Mr. Keller said. “Why would I arm someone like that? Why would I enable them to carry a weapon legally? I don’t want to be a part of that. I’m sorry those flight instructors didn’t have the same hindsight to know that these guys were up to no good, and they shouldn’t be teaching them, and they should have refused.”

By that reasoning, maybe no one should teach a Christian how to use a gun because of those who kill abortion providers. Oh wait, what was I thinking? This “logic” applies only to Muslims.

This statement from one of his neighbors struck me as rather ridiculous:

Tina Hoffman, a real estate broker, described Mr. Keller as a local character who enjoyed stirring up controversy. “I thought it was kind of harsh,” she said. “But that’s just Crockett. You got to know Crockett. I don’t think that’s the flavor of our county. This is a very prayerful community.”

What the hell does that have to do with anything? How does being “prayerful” somehow mitigate being bigoted and crazy? I suspect there’s a pretty strong correlation between the two, especially in rural Texas.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Eric R

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=8422018

    “The Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday that Crockett Keller affirmed to the agency that he would not close his concealed handgun class to anyone “based on national origin, race or religion.”

    He’s a bigoted fool but would have lost his training license from the state, so he has agreed that he will train “enemies” of the US.

    No mention if he will let them use the bathroom or not

  • cainch

    How does being “prayerful” somehow mitigate being bigoted and crazy?

    It doesn’t mitigate it: it indicates it.

  • shouldbeworking

    Why would a terrorist bent on killing people and destroying the US worry that he is carrying a concealed weapon in violation of the law?

  • jjgdenisrobert

    @cainch: ditto.

  • Michael Heath

    NYTs article quoted in Ed’s post: Tina Hoffman, a real estate broker, described Mr. Keller as a local character who enjoyed stirring up controversy. “I thought it was kind of harsh,” she said. “But that’s just Crockett. You got to know Crockett. I don’t think that’s the flavor of our county. This is a very prayerful community.”

    Ed responds:

    What the hell does that have to do with anything? How does being “prayerful” somehow mitigate being bigoted and crazy? I suspect there’s a pretty strong correlation between the two, especially in rural Texas.

    I think this reveals that Ms. Hoffman absolutely supports the same politics as Crockett Keller while simultaneously conceding, probably unconsciously, she can’t defend her positions and has no desire to change those positions to ones which can withstand scrutiny. It’s an approach intent on avoiding having to defend your positions while still wanting to promote them. I perceive it as slightly more disingenous than Herman Cain’s most frequent reaction, “end of story”, or the always popular ” ’nuff said” both which are intent on promoting an argument while cowardly attempting to avoid a response.

  • eamick

    I’m sorry those flight instructors didn’t have the same hindsight to know that these guys were up to no good, and they shouldn’t be teaching them, and they should have refused.”

    Foresight would have been more useful. Idiot.

  • Aquaria

    What the hell does that have to do with anything? How does being “prayerful” somehow mitigate being bigoted and crazy? I suspect there’s a pretty strong correlation between the two, especially in rural Texas.

    Ed, Ed, Ed…

    I’m from East Texas. This is the place where the first thing you’re asked after you’re introduced to someone is, “What church do you go to?” If you think the godbotting is bad from our elected officials, you could never stand to live in East Texas. They’re 100 times worse about pushing their scumbag deity on you.

    Crockett is a town of staggering beauty; it’s on the boundary of one of the National Forests. The town is so lush and green that it makes your eyes hurt.

    Unfortunately, the people make your head and sense of decency hurt, because they’re so backwards, inbred, gleefully ignorant and jebus-poisoned that they’re like hayseed Stepford people.

  • Kaintukee Bob

    @eamick: Conservatives, as a rule, don’t ‘do’ foresight.

    Maybe it’s because all their predictions tend to be fire and doom, whereas their hindsight shows them a perfect world – better the further back you go.

    In fact, if you look back far enough you find the world they want: higher church attendance, fewer regulations, and those uppity minorities having less power, influence, and rights.

    They VASTLY prefer hindsight.

  • Aquaria

    Sorry. I thought she was talking about Crockett, the town.

    This is Mason.

    Sorry about that. My East Texas got the better of me.

    But Mason is pretty much the same way about religion. Most of these cousin-humping outpost towns in Texas are.

  • blindrobin

    “You got to know Crockett.” -Well I do no Crockett TX, and I advise foreigners (anyone not known by sight to be a regular denizen of the area) to be careful of hanging around longer than it takes to gas up and buy a coke and slim jim for the road, as folk will start wondering why you’re there without an invite. I made the mistake of stopping for breakfast at a local diner there once, and was allowed to order, eat, and pay my tab before being asked advised that ‘it would be best if you were on the road now…’. Friendly, prayerful (I’m sure) place.

  • Aquaria

    In fact, if you look back far enough you find the world they want: higher church attendance, fewer regulations, and those uppity minorities having less power, influence, and rights.

    America before Teddy Roosevelt FTW!

    Seriously, what these idiots think they want is the 1880s. They’re too stupid to realize that the comfortable life they enjoy is thanks to progressive policies from Teddy Roosevelt, the New Deal, the Great Society, and so on.

    Texas would still be jockeying with Alabama and Mississippi for poorest state if it weren’t for oil.

  • Aquaria

    I made the mistake of stopping for breakfast at a local diner there once, and was allowed to order, eat, and pay my tab before being asked advised that ‘it would be best if you were on the road now…’. Friendly, prayerful (I’m sure) place.

    1) Did you discuss with the locals either Jesus or how much you hated intellectuals, egghead scientists, liberals, brown people, atheists, Jews, socialists and commies? If not, you’re not welcome in Crockett, Texas.

    2) Did you manage to slip Jesus or church into your first words to every person you encountered? If you didn’t–Not welcome.

    3) Are you brown, married to anyone brown, or related in any way to anyone brown? If so, then you’re not welcome in Crockett, Texas.

    4) Did you have out of state plates? If so–Not welcome

    5) Do you have all your teeth? If so–Not welcome.

    6) Do you have a foreign accent–you know, from New York or Massachusetts? If so–Not welcome.

    7) Are you related to anyone in town? If not–Not welcome.

    8) How many generations do you have to go back to have been descended from a marriage of two cousins? If more than two–Not welcome.

    9) Did you graduate from college and become a commie liberal/atheist? If so–you’re not only not welcome, but you’d better run for your fucking life!

    Welcome to East Texas.

  • noastronomer

    Actually I just assumed that the reason Keller wouldn’t teach liberals was because we know enough gun safety to not screw around with them.

    Mike.

  • blindrobin

    Aquaria, I looked at the time as if I could have been a local, I was living in Liberty at the time, and was on the way to Marshall via Hemphill, to retrieve my girl friend from the clutches of her meth cookin’ X, believe me I get East TX.

  • carolw

    Nothing beats travelling through east Texas as a white girl with a Middle Eastern boyfriend. Good times! That was about eight years ago, so the post 9/11 hysteria was good and hot.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Tip on going through East Texas. Gas up in Houston or Beaumont depending on which direction you’re coming from. Do not buy gas further north than New Caney. One full tank should get you to Texarkana or Dallas. Same goes if you’re heading south. Buy in Dallas and stick to major highways.

    Do not stop to take your picture in front of the Dime Box City Limits sign. Stoners like to do that and they might want to search your car. Be very careful if stopped by local police. Texas DPS officers will be cool, but the smaller the department, the weirder things can get.

  • Michael Heath

    blindrobin – Do you have any notions on why you were asked to leave town?

  • Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath, failure to mosey, I reckon.

  • http://djfav.com djfav

    Question: When is an advertisement not a publicity stunt?

  • Aquaria

    Aquaria, I looked at the time as if I could have been a local, I was living in Liberty at the time, and was on the way to Marshall via Hemphill, to retrieve my girl friend from the clutches of her meth cookin’ X, believe me I get East TX.

    Marshall is some serious East Texas hick.

    Heath:

    See my list. You can take it to the bank that blindrobin set off their hatedar for one of those reasons.

  • Aquaria

    Tip on going through East Texas. Gas up in Houston or Beaumont depending on which direction you’re coming from. Do not buy gas further north than New Caney. One full tank should get you to Texarkana or Dallas. Same goes if you’re heading south. Buy in Dallas and stick to major highways.

    Now, look, if you’re come into Texas via someplace without Mexico in its name, you should know what to expect by the time you cross into Texas. It’s not going to be any dumber or more backward or racist than Louisiana, Arkansas or Oklahoma, that’s for sure.

  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    @18 … “failure to mosey”?

    Clearly a statute that should be on the books of any state, for when asked to mosey onward, you really should mosey for the sake of your health and the morals of the town.

  • scifi1

    Damnit, Aquaria…

    Are you telling me that I have to cancel my holiday in East Texas?

    I’ve booked flights, hire car and everything!!!

    San Antonio used to be one of my fave towns, so I thought I’d try elsewhere in the state ; -P