Black Rifles Matter Is The New Black Lives Matter Movement For One Man

Isabella Ohlmeyer
A gun owner proudly displayed his large "Black Rifles Matter" sign in front of his home, and it is creating controversy in the small town in Maine.

Black Lives Matter is a powerful moment that protests police brutality and remembers the lives of innocent African-American men killed by police officers.

One Caucasian man believes that his "Black Rifles Matter" sign can hold the same sentiment.

Linc Sample, who lives in Boothbay Harbor in Maine, showcased his gigantic "Black Rifles Matter" sign in front of his home as his way of speaking out against calls to ban assault rifles, The New York Daily News reports.

Sample spoke about the victims that are honored through the Black Lives Matter movement and said, “They’re being targeted because of their appearance, fair enough. So is my rifle. If anything, they should be flattered I used the phrase,” 

The Maine resident also mentioned that his sign is about gun rights, and he isn’t protesting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Boothbay Harbor is a popular, tourist location and many visitors already called the town’s Chamber of Commerce to complain about the bold sign.

Town Manager Thomas Woodin spoke about the visitors and said, “Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early.”

Tourists had mixed reactions when asked about their thoughts on the controversial sign, according to New England Cable News.

Paul Mayor, a tourist visiting Maine, said, “People are ignorant. They probably shouldn’t be putting things out like that. It’s taking a shot obviously at Black Lives Matter.”

Another tourist named Jeremy Plasse disagreed and believes that the sign was a positive move.

“I think they’re doing the right thing. Massachusetts has a ban right now, and I think they should lift it,” Plasse said.

Sample is now planning to remove the sign from his front lawn and in its place, replace it with a new pro-gun sign.

Displaying a Black Rifles Matter Sign for the public to see disrespects the passionate meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

It also proves that gun owners only care about obtaining a weapon, more than mourning the lives of innocent black men and women shot by a gun. 

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