Here in Arizona, we’re used to all the kooks and nuts that dwell in the state’s desert and forests. So when gun store owner Cope Reynolds of Pinetop ran a full-page ad in the local paper, followed by a sign in his store, saying, “If you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm,” it was met with a lot of eye-rolls.
Not so in many other parts of the country, where paranoia also runs rampant. Once the story hit the Internet, orders started flooding into his shop from the likes of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Idaho, Nevada and California. Business is booming so much that Reynolds attracted the attention of Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini. “I’ve been busier than a cat covering up poop on a marble floor,” Reynolds told the columnist. He insists that he hasn’t alienated any customers because Obama supporters don’t shop in his store anyway, but he’s sure gained more than a few.
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