ABC 13 spoke to Cherokee Guns’ “Doc” about the billboard, and he told the outlet he “didn’t put the billboard up on any kind of hate type bias.” Rather, “it was just something that was [his] opinion … what’s going on in the world today.” Doc said he believes that “we really need to take care of our own before we take care of all these refugees.”
The sign comes amid a national debate concerning whether the US should accept Syrian refugees following the Paris massacre which claimed over 120 lives.
A gun store and shooting range in Oklahoma City made a similar stance earlier this year when it decided to disallow Muslims from purchasing firearms at their establishment.
Ocean’s three new billboards in Birmingham, shaped like large human eyes, will broadcast ads like regular digital billboards, but have the ability to change based on how many of a certain group are within “eyesight” of the camera,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
Minority Report, a 2002 thriller about a dystopian society starring Tom Cruise, depicts Cruise’s character walking through a subway station while sensors that scan his eyes address him by name and bombard him with personalized ads.