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State-Certified Texas Gun Safety Instructor Won’t Teach Muslims

By Leah Nelson on October 27, 2011 - 4:16 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Crockett Keller wants handgun owners to know how to be “victors, not victims.” That’s why the Texas-based concealed carry license (CHL) instructor, who owns Keller’s Riverside Store and HooDoo Ranch Realty (established in 1862 by Keller’s great-great-grandfather), teaches courses in handgun use and safety in exchange for $100.

He’ll accept cash, checks, credit cards, gold, silver or used guns.

But what he won’t do is teach Muslims how to shoot – or liberals, for that matter.

He made that crystal clear in a radio advertisement for yesterday’s CHL training at his store in Mason, Texas. “If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner-in-chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.

“Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class. Once again, with no shame, I am Crockett Keller. Thank you and God Bless America.”

Reached by phone early this afternoon, Keller – whose website includes a link to the ad – told Hatewatch he had received about a thousand supportive messages since the ad first aired a few days ago, and only two complaints.

Asked why he doesn’t want Muslims in his class, Keller said, “I have a particular philosophy about concealed carry. I take it very seriously.”

He continued, “If you are a devout Muslim, you have the right to lie, cheat, steal, kill, do whatever you want to in order to promote Islam. Which means in the United States, if you are a devout Muslim, how can you pledge allegiance to the United States of America? You can’t. The ideologies are diametrically opposed.

“I consider all Muslims our enemies, no matter how nice they are. … I could not trust one and I, as an instructor, am not going to teach one how to shoot a gun and aid him in getting a license.”

It’s not clear whether this type of discrimination is lawful. Keller, though licensed by the state to teach the gun course, is not an employee of the state of Texas, and business owners do have considerable discretion in deciding whom they wish to serve. However, except in the case of private clubs, anti-discrimination laws generally prohibit businesses from denying service based solely on religion.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which issues concealed carry instructor permits, told Hatewatch that department officials learned of Keller’s ad earlier today. But they cannot take action unless a written complaint, complete with evidence, is filed. “In my opinion it’s a horrible thing for the guy to do,” the spokesman said, “but we have to go by protocol.”

Keller, meanwhile, has no regrets. “I exercise my prerogative … to choose who would be good candidates for concealed handgun license,” he said. “I wish that the people who had taught the Muslims that flew the jets into the World Trade Center, I wish they had the forethought to think of what they were teaching these assassins.”


  • Guy

    Mr. Crockett will not lose his license to teach handgun classes. There is “nothing” in Texas law regulating instructors as to who they can and cannot teach. All Texas law states in regards to certified instructors is they must teach the approved class and materials approved by the Texas legislature. It says nothing about an instructor not having the right to refuse anyone from his class. Trust me, he knew this before making that radio ad and probably checked with lawyers first. He will win.

  • John Powell

    I read the first comment in this string and skipped all the others. It’s too bad that author has so many misspellings that the accusation of Mr. Keller be an inbred hillbilly of some sort just doesn’t ring true. Git a edjukashun, Boy!

    Every business has the right to decline patronage or to deny service to whomever they may choose. The Farmer’s Market on S. Cooper in Arlington, TX made national news for exactly that, denying service to two women wearing burkhas–full face coverage and flowing robes (concealing what?).

    Be thankful that we have the right to arm ourselves against those who mean us harm and attempt to govern us into submission.

    Call not the man a fool who was charged by dogs twice and bitten by a third who then arms himself as he sees fit. Leashing the dog with ignorance and an inability to bite serves peaceable ends far better than terminal violence against it.

  • Shepard Humphries

    I am a shooting instructor and am strongly opposed to Keller’s views. Many of my students are liberals, A-rabs and by golly I even count as my students and friends black folk and them gay folks as well as a transgender gal. My students include Jewish, Muslim, Christian and even some reason-based atheists.

    Shooting is a great activity, and many of my students have moral objections to shooting humans, even in self defense. My job is to teach shooting, and I keep politics out of it. I happily teach these voluntaryist type folks how to shoot. They have a blast! Shooting, like driving, is a great way to have fun with metallic machines… and like driving, some morons get behind the wheel and make other drivers look like uneducated statist Nazis.

    I encourage y’all to find a top-tier shooting experience opportunity offered by someone that has earned an international reputation and does not hate based on one’s choice of religious delusions, national heritage or political leanings. Try a good instructor like Massad Ayoob, Clint Smith, me or Andrew Massimilian of Manhattan Shooting Excursions. My company is shootinjh.com.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Sorry Renee, I only smoke tobacco in my pipe. Not crackpot Islamophobe theories.

    I’ve heard they taste quite terrible.

    But have you ever actually read the Qu’ran? I’m guessing not.

    So I won’t even deign to speak to you.

    Have fun in your fear! And remember, don’t ever use algebra, the number zero, or a fountain in your garden: all of these, and more came from those mean, nasty, scary A-rabs!

  • Renee

    If you don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about from ‘nice’ muslims, then you need to read the book, “Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad” by Hal Lindsey. If you’re cognizant in the LEASTand are not intellectually dishonest, you’ll have to admit at least to yourself the truth of this book. I for one applaude Keller and if I had a business of my own doing what he does, I’d be doing it the exact same way: with no apologies.
    So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    ” I don’t know how you all can not see what the main goal of Muslim’s are. They will destroy America from with in. Fact: they took pilot’s training in this country by instructors without checking their background trusting that they were “good” Muslims.”

    So all Muslims are terrorists. Thanks for putting your ignorance on display for all to see.

  • Mitch Beales

    Dick Lancaster I think I thoroughly debunked your claim about an Islamist “training camp” in Alabama in a previous thread (reprinted below for your edification). Do you have new facts or are you just spouting the same old hateful lies?

    Mitch Beales said,

    on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Dick your “good research” smells like it comes from that dark place where you keep your head. Hizb ut-Tahrir America seems to be a Palestinian religious organization that believes governments should be based on religious law, very much like many in the GOP. Jamaat ul-Fuqra seems to be a splinter group that has not been very active for some time. The “Old Hippie’s Forums” http://www.oldhippie.com/forums/90649-post1.html lists the last known location for this group in Marion, AL as:
    27.Jamaat Ul Fuqra Marion Alabama where Washington St and Clements meet
    Lat: 32.63504269761637n
    Long: 87.31886386871338w NOT Confirmed
    The street level view on Google http://maps.google.com/maps?q=…..CC8Q8gEwAQ suggests that this location is actually an Episcopal Church. Why don’t you get some treatment for your agoraphobia? That might allow you to remove your head from “that dark place” long enough to get a little relief from the foul odor.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aron, good luck getting a permit in that state. They exist but are are issued on a “discretionary” basis. Oh, and Ruslan, that link was to a Louisville TV station but those particular scumbags were across the river in southern Indiana, and a good advertisement for keeping a gun close by.

  • Oink Jackxon

    Cutting through the entertaining chatter, let’s think about this character for a moment. In 1862 I have serious doubt that there was a Hoodoo Ranch Realty, Co. during The Civil War. I am not specically familiar with the history of land ownership 1n 1862, but it would have been regulated by The Confederate State of Texas. Land title was just a few years from Spanish Grants, Mexican ownership and territorial claim of Native Americans. Possibly, Hoodoo Ranch (certainly Biblically named) is just a bit of self aggrandizing puffery.

    The State of Texas can, if it wishes, find grounds to impact his CHL Instructor’s License if it wishes. It is just that, a state license which sets the qualifications for instructors as well as those who seek the license. Since the State of Texas cannot place the limitations on its citizens as Mr. Keller, then he, must teach as the state reqirements direct. That being a “shall issue” statute.

    Also, there is a Federal interest suggested here. The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency requires a Federal Firearms License for a person actively engaged in the firearms sales business, with some small excepton. Is Mr. Keller violating Federal Law regarding the firearms he takes as “barter” payment? Are the weapons being checked against State and Federal lists of stolen guns, etc. Homeland Security may have an interest in the history and future ownership also. How many have been stolen and whose hands, perhaps militia or cartel, will they wind up in?

    Of course, Mr. Keller may be stirring up local emotions for the purpose of running for office. In Texas, it is not required for a person to have legal training or license to be a City Magistrate, Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, or County Judge unless the office is designated as a County Court at Law. This whole thing brings to mind the image of “Boss Hogg” and The Dukes of Hazzard.

  • Marq

    Wow,
    I became familiar with that God-Send, Morris Dees and the SPLC over 25 years ago. The first case I remember him working on was the Michael McDonald lynching. What Mr. Dees did for Mrs. McDonald (Michael’s mother) told me one thing: Join this courageous man and support his cause, which I did. I’m not the most dedicated supporter, admittedly, but a supporter nonetheless. Having recently rekindled my relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center, I decided, against my normal practice of subscribing to such things, to subscribe to Hate Watch. I’m glad I did. I really and truly enjoy reading this. It’s my first time here and I had no idea it was going to be such a funny site to visit. Hollywood, a place I’m quite familiar with (I’ve done a ton of background work and other more serious work in Hollywood), couldn’t write anything more entertaining than the gibberish I am reading today! What an absolute riot! HA! Keep it up gentlemen! I had NO IDEA I was going to start my Friday with some of the best laughs I’ve had all year! Idiots? Yes. But very funny ones.
    And I love the way you guys end your gibberish. Let’s see if I’m understanding this correctly: Espouse bigotry, hatred,certifiable ignorance, not to mention a relatively pathetic command of the English language, racist views, no tolerance of anything non-white and so far right it hurts, and end the bull-feces with GOD BLESS AMERICA, and that it makes it all right. Please! By all means, don’t stop…I am thoroughly entertained. Oh, by the way, I’m a Caucasian gay male and I still have my NRA card from when I was 16 in Omaha. I like football, boys, and idiots like you! (There Myrna, that’ll get ‘em goin’!) Have a nice (with a lisp) day boys.
    GOD BLESS MORRIS DEES.

  • Toni

    As I sit here reading all these comments, I am feeling really sorry for our country. I strongly agree with Mr. Keller’s thoughts. Although there are some people out there that choose to call him childish names. Is that not tolerance on the Liberals part of name calling, people who they don’t agree with? I don’t know how you all can not see what the main goal of Muslim’s are. They will destroy America from with in. Fact: they took pilot’s training in this country by instructors without checking their background trusting that they were “good” Muslims. Look what we get for trusting. In turn, they killed thousands of people in New York and affected America for years to come. Thanks to most of you and your comments, I am clearly starting to see that it is so far past help. The stand up of Mr. Keller shows me that there is still some people who are trying to fight against them. I really appreciate his bravery! Thanks.

  • Reynardine

    Pathan tribesmen used to shoot Lord Mountbatten’s cigarettes out of his mouth for a joke, and never grazed his skin. As I recall, it was some thoroughly Chrstian Irish who blew him up.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Dick,

    Sorry, once again you lose. I searched for ‘Camp Ground Zero,’ and received exactly ONE hit: a FOX News story alleging its existence in 2002.

    ‘Camp Islamberg’ generated quite a few more hits, but they were all from Free Republic, and their ilk: not exactly the most objective groups in the world.

    So for the umpteenth time, your ‘evidence’ falls flat.

    Try again tomorrow! We’ll be sure to shoot it down as usual.

  • SAS

    This fellow does not sound particularly enlightened at all, but he has the right not to teach whomever he wishes.

    I am sure there are plenty of handgun instructors who would be willing to service Muslim customers, so let the free market reign supreme.

  • Dick Lancaster

    The 4th Amendment concerning free association (which would include business) and the 14th Amendment laying the base for forced acceptance have been in conflict for a century and a half with no resolution. Keller is asserting his 4th Amendment rights here and will probably be challenged under the 14th. He should consider making his business a private club which will allow him to exclude whomever he chooses without a serious challenge.

    The Islamic cut-throats have done just that. No non-Muslim may enter any of their terrorist training camps here in the US. The most famous one is located in New York state and called Islamberg. The one closest to my neck of the woods is called Camp Ground Zero located in Marion, Alabama.

    Camp Ground Zero was actually discovered by British authorities after 9-11 and is where the DC sniper trained for his indesciminate thinning of the American herd.

    In spite of the SPLC’s tunnel vision that seeped into the DHs report in 2009 claiming that former white military right wingers were the MOST DANGEROUS DOMESTIC TERRORIST THREAT, they completely ignored the sugnificant numbers of former black soldiers and sailors in Allah’s employ. The DC sniper was just one of many.

    So when Keller states he does not want to be responsible for training another DC sniper or worse, why would any liberal feel any government should force him to act against his conscience? Besides, if you want to shoot and you’re turned away at Keller’s gate, trot on down to Marion, Alabama and start praising Allah. Someone will be by shortly to pick you up to shoot at no charge whatsoever.

  • EarleyDaysYet

    I know it’s been mentioned already, but “his in-bred backwoods hillbilly elk” made me choke on my drink. I have a mental image of an Bullwinkle-esque elk dressed in overalls, standing in front of a cabin, grinning moronically & cross-eyed into the camera.

    On a more serious note, I am so glad I was a child when we lived in the States – I think that, as an adult, my head would probably explode if I tried to live there now. I’ve been back, to NC/SC/GA where I grew up, and was astounded by the sheer volume of cheerful, blind, arrogant bigotry & ignorance.

    I would invite anyone concerned about “Muslim terrorism” to look up the stats for “acts of terror committed on American soil”, for starters – I think you’ll be unhappily surprised to see how many were NOT committed by “men of Middle Eastern appearance”. Expand that search to a global level, and YOUR heads might explode!

  • Becky

    Funny how Conservatives think that all Liberals don’t like, own, or know how to use a gun. Ignorance is bliss i guess.

  • Kvin Mueller

    If he still has a Constitutional Right to have free speech, the Constitutional Right as a Citizen of the USA, and the Constitutional Right to stand up for and support and defent the Constitution of the USA, I support him in his rights.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Oh look here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/georgia-.....38938.html

    Just more proof that white, conservative men are determined to hurt America and kill Americans. This is why if you love America, you will NOT teach any white, Christian man to shoot guns.

  • CM

    “… Islam should not be allowed within America’s borders. It is incompatable with Democracy and our Republic …”

    Well, Bill, there’s another religion that’s also incompatible with democracy, according to one of its most influential recent “thinkers”:

    “The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state … Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.” — R.J. Rushdoony, in “The Institutes of Biblical Law.”

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    What happened Bill, were you setting out to surpass Mr. Keller in the ignorance department? If so I’d say we have a new champion!

    Question: If liberals are such wimps, why is Keller afraid to teach them to use guns? Are they wimps, like in 2002-2008, or are they “thugs”, like post 2009? Please get back to us on that.

    ” It is incompatable with Democracy and our Republic, just as Liberalism is,”

    There are simply so much stupid in that sentence I think it qualifies as “not even wrong.” That means you would have to drastically improve this sentence JUST to be wrong.

    I’m going to assume that I don’t need to point out all the specific points of idiocy in that sentence. I’m going to assume that Bill will realize the error of his ways, and crack open a few history and political science books, and apologize for typing before thinking. And Bill, here’s a piece of advice when looking for reliable history and poli-sci books: If the front cover features a really serious white guy standing in front of an American flag, it’s probably worthless.

    *For those who have never heard of the concept of “not even wrong”, it works like this. 2 + 2 = 5 is “wrong”, as in incorrect. 2 + 2 = KILL ALL THE WHALES! Doesn’t even meet the standard of “wrong.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    BillWhit,

    So long as you keep praying and not resorting to violent action, do whatever you want. I’m sure you’ll get the results you’re looking for.

    (Get a life, kook).

  • BillWhit

    God Bless Mr Keller for not being a Political Correct Wimp like the Leftists are. I agree with him and I also think that Islam should not be allowed within America’s borders. It is incompatable with Democracy and our Republic, just as Liberalism is, but the Libs are just immature and stupid, and they know they would lose if they started some violence! Once Again, God Bless Mr Keller and I pray more American Business will follow in his footsteps!

  • Scott Moore

    “If you are a devout Muslim, you have the right to lie, cheat, steal, kill, do whatever you want to in order to promote Islam”. Same as extreme christians! Like this jerk.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Taxes basically pay for those services which are necessary for capitalism to function(particularly public education), but which individual capitalists don’t want to pay for, much less pay a for-profit enterprise. In this way, the costs can be spread out among the whole population.

  • Mitch Beales

    Does anyone really think that the federal income tax was imposed for the benefit of the workers? I don’t know for sure but I must assume that a government which has NEVER favored workers imposed a tax on income to avoid increasing taxes on the real property which constituted the means of production owned by farmers and wealthy industrialists. It was graduated because a flat income tax sufficient to sustain the union against the rebel traitors (or a dramatic increase in property tax for that matter) would have devastated the economy as has begun to occur as progressivity has been removed from taxation.