A controversial message displayed on the outdoor marquee of Tactical Firearms, a gun dealer in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, has locals talking, though what some residents are saying can’t be repeated on a family website. The sign reads simple, “Does one of Obamas [sic] family members have to be beheaded for “change” to happen?”
According to station KHOU, the business’s owner, Jeremy Alcede, maintains that it’s a reasonable question in light of the beheading of two American journalists being by ISIS militants. Says Alcede:
I look and see what’s going on throughout the week, realize what’s an issue, what needs to be fixed, and if I think it’s important then that’s what I’ll voice my opinion.
And what of families driving by who find the message offensive? Alcede calls the sign a “teachable moment”:
[Parents] should show [their children] the news and say “This is reality, kids.” Beheadings happen, but they shouldn’t.
Not everyone in town finds the message instructive. One man is quoted as saying, “I think as far as freedom of speech is concerned it’s protected, but it’s in pretty poor taste,” while a female resident states, “He’s saying things the rest of us might be afraid to say.”