Gun Store Owner's Anti-Refugee Billboard Goes Viral

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Though many Americans are divided on whether to let Syrian refugees enter the country, the owner of Cherokee Guns in Murphy, North Carolina, has his opinions figured out.

The owner, who identified himself as Doc to WLOS, posted on a billboard: “Give me your tired, your poor… Keep your Syrian refugees,” along with directions to his shop.

“I didn't put the billboard up on any kind of hate type bias," Doc told WLOS. "It was just something that was my opinion … what's going on in the world today. We really need to take care of our own before we take care of all these refugees.”

Doc isn’t alone in his opinion.

“They should keep them," Murphy resident James Falvo said. "Don't send them here. We can't afford them.”

Doc also raised concerns about security when it comes to the refugees, many of whom are fleeing from the terrorist threat of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.

“How do we vet these people?" Doc said. "We can't. We can't. We're at war with the Syrian government."

He added that the U.S. needs to focus on helping its own citizens before it takes in refugees.

“We've got vets, homeless, needy people … and it's the holidays," he said. " ... Instead of bringing them here, NATO needs to get involved and set up camps, safe camps.”

Despite Doc’s billboard, the Obama Administration has no plans of slowing its acceptance of refugees.

In September, Obama announced that the U.S. would resettle "at least 10,000" Syrian refugees in the coming year, The Guardian reported.

Sources: WLOS, The Guardian / Photo Credit: Screenshot via WLOS