Texas Gun Instructor Draws Fire For Anti-Muslim Ad

MASON (AP) – On a YouTube clip that has gone viral, brash Texas handgun instructor Crockett Keller defiantly tells Muslims and non-Christian Arabs he won’t teach them how to handle a firearm.

State officials see the ad as possible discrimination, and may revoke Keller’s instructor license.

Tens of thousands of YouTube viewers have watched the $175 ad for Keller’s business in the small community of Mason, which has won him a handful of admirers but that embarrassed locals say misrepresents their community. Muslim groups dismissed the 65-year-old as a bigot.

Among the couple of thousand residents in the Central Texas town, Keller has other reputations.

“He’s a character and likes attention,” said Diane Eames, a jeweler with a downtown shop in Mason’s quaint town square.

Keller has received plenty of attention since his radio spot on a rural country music station in Mason County, about 100 miles east of Austin, went viral on the Internet. Keller said he whipped up the script on his iPad in 10 minutes. The ad quit airing last week.

“If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner-in-chief, please do not take this class,” Keller says in the ad’s closing seconds, also taking a swipe at President Barack Obama. “You’ve already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law. Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you this class. Once again, with no shame, I am Crockett Keller.”

The Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations called the ad ugly rhetoric undeserving of media attention. Others have called Keller’s phone number from the ad to personally tell him worse, including alleged death threats.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is now investigating whether to revoke or suspend Keller’s license to teach concealed handgun courses.

“Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the Department at risk of suspension or revocation,” the department said in a statement.

Inside a remote highway cabin on the edge of the Llano River, where a draped, full-size cannon is parked across from his desk, Keller said he was inspired to make the ad after being “flabbergasted” by a couple neighbors who left the state to campaign for Obama. As for refusing to teach Muslims, Keller described that as an afterthought tacked onto the spot, which he couldn’t remember but said was likely generated from something in the news.

“I got to thinking, ‘Hmm, I’m arming the enemy,”‘ Keller said.

Of course, even Keller knows that Muslims were unlikely to show up at his door asking to take his $100 course.

Mason County, as Eames described it, is “white bread” — the population was 93 percent Caucasian in the latest census, and all Republican statewide candidates won with at least 70 percent of the vote in 2010. Keller said he wasn’t aware of any Muslims in Mason County, nor could a handful of locals name one.

Eames and Joyce Arnold, a real estate agent, said they worried about the radio spot embarrassing the city. Eames ran what she described as a successful sex-toy business in Mason before opening the jewelry store, and Scott Haupert, co-owner of the Sandstone Cellars Winery, said Mason is more tolerant than Keller’s comments would suggest.

“I voted for Obama and I’ll vote for Obama again,” said Haupert, an avowed Democrat. “If I signed up to take his gun control class, he would not reject me.”

But Keller has also won over some fans. As he spoke with a reporter in his cabin, rancher Clyde McCarley knocked on his door and asked about signing up for a class.

“It’s mighty dadgum interesting to me that some people can say anything they want, and you make a statement and they bring down the house on you,” McCarley said.

Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group is watching how the state responds to Keller’s ad and whether the agency revokes his instructor license.

“We try not to give too much credibility to some of these people who do outlandish things,” Carroll said. “But there are some issues that we do have to address.”

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  • Rick McDaniel

    That’s his choice.

    Frankly, I think that’s a good choice.

  • Nonya

    The ad sounded good to me.

  • Chris McPhail

    The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity… The country behind this propaganda is the US. – Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

    • John

      Though I don’t have all the facts I believe your statement is true

    • bll moore

      for all you idiots someone flew 2 airplanes into 2 large buildings so wake up fool on second thought we might be better off if you stayed asleep

      • Steven

        Yes, it was a group of Saudi Arabians. One of our allies still. Not Al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia, we buy alot of oil from them, and they have complete diplomatic immunity on our soil. Sounds like you are the one taking sleeping pills.

    • victoria Brie

      Its a total campaign against Islam and lies about “terrorist groups as well”. Crockett is a used up 60 something man that needs a bit of attention and too is using the “islamic hate” theme.

      • darrell

        you must be muslim. it would be the only explanation for that opinion.

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  • Terry

    Great. Now we all look like semi-literate xenophobic redneck goobers. Not that Texas politics the last ten years would give outsiders any other impression anyway.

  • darrell

    liberals are going to get us all killed. i think we should be teaching kids in kindergarden the evils of islam and that the entire religion needs to be destroyed and its entire memory removed from the history of earth. its is the consumate evil upon this planet. thats my liberal opinion on the subject.

    • Howard

      Jews are going to get us all killed. i think we should be teaching kids in kindergarden the evils of Judaism and that the entire religion needs to be destroyed and its entire memory removed from the history of earth. its is the consumate evil upon this planet.
      — Adolf Hitler

      (same difference)

  • John


    Leave the man alone. He did not come across as semi literate to me in fact he expressed his position quite clearly. That is his right.



    • Dough

      What enemy? Should he refuse to teach to Christians as well due to their affiliation?…ever heard of KKK, Neo Nazis, Irish Republican Army.

  • Buck Naked

    The ad explained the requirements … and if this Texas gentlement is an instructor … he has the American Right to determine if the student has a bias that would disqualify that person from getting a gun permit. Seems like a very truthfull advertisement to me.

  • darrell

    howard, what hitler did was horrible and evil. we can agree on that. but compared to what islam will do it is not even mentionable. islam does not discriminate. it will kill everyone, including fellow muslims who have a slightly different philosphy. if some act of god or a rock from space does not kill life on this planet here is how i think humanity will end if islam is left unchecked.
    after muslims have killed all non-muslims on the planet they will begin to kill each other off by sect. once down to only one sect they will begin to kill each other by tribe, ethnic origins etc. then you get down to one village and they will start killing off each others families. finally, after you down to the last family they will kill of each other until the last one is left all alone. he will look around, smile while thinking of his 72 (virgins), scream “ALLAH IS GREAT” and blow himself up.
    thus will end humanity on the world.

    • darrell

      if you think my statement above is crazy or far fetched look around the world today. we allready have islamic dominant countries attacking other countries and commiting genocide based only on ethnic or sectarian reasons. every conflict in the world today has been started by islamic aggression following islamic beliefs. they dont care who you are, what you believe or where you live. if your not muslim they will kill you. when there isnt anyone else around to kill, they kill each other. the world just saw its 7 billionth person arrive. today over 1 billion of its residents are muslims.

  • dough

    It seems to me, every American has been well educated on the Koran. Have you ever heard of the Irish Republican Army, KKK, Neo Nazis, they are terrorist organizations who follow Islam. The burning of crosses is just a ploy to throw people off. The killing of thousands of American indians was not committed by Christian settlers as originally thought, it was done by Islam settlers. And you are right about Muslims wanting to take over the world. Last weekend two of them showed up at my door, wearing ties, asking if I wanted to be saved. Then, no sooner they leave, I turn on the TV and wow the 800 club was on trying to convert me to Islam. What are we to do.

    • darrell

      LOL dough
      go back to watching those reruns of home improvement and try not to venture into areas requiring knowledge greater than the operation of a caulk gun.

      • dough

        Knowledge is something many conservatives like yourself lack, specially about religion.

      • darrell

        based upon your statements, Bert from sesame street know more than you do.

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