A Texas gun store and shooting range is facing backlash after promoting a “Back To School” sale days after the El Paso mass shooting.
According to the Daily Mail, the Boyert Shooting Center faced criticism after posting an advertisement sign promoting a ‘back to school sale August 13 through 18. Up to 50 percent off firearms.’ The post went viral after resident Michelle Simmons took a photo of the sign and sent it to KTRK.
‘They want to get attention from a sign like that? Or did they really not think about what they were doing? In the current climate and in the current culture where we’ve got school shootings just constantly, mass shootings just constantly, it seems like a real poor choice of words,’ Simons added, before asking, ‘What does back to school have anything to do with getting guns?’
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The Katy-based company also promoted its sale on Facebook, leading up to more criticism from social media users. They also released a statement to explain why they promoted the sale in light of the mass shootings:
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‘We have friends and family who are teachers and our way of reaching out and saying thank you is by offering a summer-long promotion of discounted training courses, firearms, and accessories.
A lot of Texans are not aware, but it is now legal to conceal carry in some colleges, and for teachers in certain school districts to conceal carry as well. We are wrapping up the program that we have been running since the beginning of June, with a huge sale to benefit everyone.’
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