A vendor at the Collector’s Classic Gun Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sold 500 racist practice targets over the weekend.
The target featured a caricature drawing of a black person and included the text, "Official Runnin' N------- Target" (video below).
When asked by KSFY why he would sell racist targets, the unidentified vendor replied, "Are you Negro? You know, there are some black people, and then there are some Negroes."
Gun show organizer Bob Campbell countered, "I take pride in the work I do and the quality of the shows I put out. And I’m very disappointed, disgusted to see what was on that table."
"We don't condone such things at our shows and this problem will be taken care of," Daethal Dockter, of the gun show board of directors, told KSFY.
Meanwhile, hundreds of miles down south, the Texas Senate passed a bill that would allow the open carry of handguns, which was sponsored by State Sen. Ken Estes (R).
"I don't know whether I would say it would be more dangerous or more safe. I do know it will give these law-abiding citizens the ability to decide for themselves what's appropriate for them to do," Estes said, reported the Houston Chronicle.
When asked about people fearing armed folks walking around in public, Estes replied, "I don't have that phobia myself. I would say for someone who truly does have a phobia about that, that maybe they should get help somewhere."
The Violence Policy Center noted in January:
Newly available data for 2013 reveals that states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation, according to a Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.