The Katy, Texas-based Tactical Firearms company has gotten national attention for signs responding to the Obama Administration’s policies in recent months. But the latest rendition of the store’s political messaging, taking aim at the White House’s prisoner exchange for Pfc. (Sgt. according to the government) Bowe Bergdahl, just may be the most poignant yet.
Can I get an AMEN? pic.twitter.com/qHfz4ZbE2u
— Tactical Firearms (@tacticalfirearm) June 4, 2014
The sign references U.S.M.C. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was detained Mexican prison after mistakenly crossing the border with registered guns. The Administration has not attempted to secure Tahmooressi’s release.
Here’s some background via CBS Houston:
A few weeks before, the store posted another sign taking aim at Obama: “I like my guns like Obama likes his voters: Undocumented,” the Tactical Firearms sign states.
The store’s owner, Jeremy Alcede, said the “undocumented” sign was meant to be looked at as a joke.
“Thank God for our First and Second Amendment rights,” Alcede told KTRK-TV in a statement. “It’s meant as a joke. It’s meant to be funny.”
An additional gun rights message posted by the same store reads: “Criminals obey gun laws like politicians follow their oaths of office.”
The most recent sign calls into question the difference between Sgt. Tahmooressi’s imprisonment versus that of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released from Taliban custody in exchange for five prisoners of war being held by the U.S.
Although not a prisoner of war, Tahmooressi’s mother says he served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Friends of the Marine say he has been tortured and threatened with rape and death.
Many have made the comparison as to why Bergdahl was the focus of so much U.S. effort for release, while Tahmooressi remains in Mexico.