Ben ‘Mookie’ Thomas, former Navy Seal and company spokesman, told the Orlando Sentinel that “no devout Muslim” would dare touch his AR-15 Crusader rifle.
“Off the cuff I said I’d like to have a gun that if a Muslim terrorist picked it up a bolt of lightning would hit and knock him dead,” he said.
Thomas further said that the basic aim behind writing a verse from the Bible, “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” on the rifle was to ensure that only like-minded people would purchase and use the weapon.
The rifle, which carries the price tag of $1,395, has drawn immediate criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida (CAIR-FL) soon after its launch on Wednesday.
“Is it designed for Christian terrorists?” asked Hasan Shibly, executive director of CAIR-FL, who said that out of 205 mass killings in the US this year, only one involved a Muslim.
“Sadly, this manufacturer’s fancy new gun won’t do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence. This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division, and violence,” the statement released by CAIR-FL read.