Andy Hallinan, owner of a ‘Muslim-free gun shop’ called Florida Gun Supply, was utterly stunned when confronted with a question about his views on the confederate flag for a new docu-series about Trayvon Martin entitled Rest in Power.
Hallinan has been banned from YouTube over his anti-Muslim views. When the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued his gun shop discrimination, none other than George Zimmerman helped pay his legal bills by selling a painting of a confederate flag.
A clip from the interview can be seen below…
This is just beautiful pic.twitter.com/cOZ3DPXkk2
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 12, 2018
Hallinan can be heard saying…
“When you study the history, that was one thing that the war was about. People don’t go to war for one issue.”
When the interviewer asks him to name three other issues that the south went to war for, Hallinan responds…
“I’m not a historian. I mean, you’re putting me on the spot for something I — you know.”
The interviewer then lowers the ante by asking him to name two, and after a moment, Hallinan says…
“In general, the war was about tyranny.”
The interviewer asks Hallinan to define ‘tyranny’…
“Tyranny is any time a government overreaches, and they control a life too much.”
And then the coup de grace, the interviewer says…
Hallinan sets there, mouth agape, unable to come up with a response.
People took the argument even further online…
It's not about slavery, it's about state's rights.
Any state right in particular?
— katymc (@katymc) September 13, 2018
I'll go you one better. Southern states argued strenuously against state's rights at the Supreme Court when states like New York recognized the freedom of fugitive slaves in its territory.
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) September 13, 2018
And the Confederate constitution actually RESTRICTED states rights when it came to slavery. Confederate states/territories could not decide for themselves if they wanted to be slave states as they could under the US Constitution.
Though Twitter user Noah Zucker pointed out the issue wasn’t just slavery, it was worse…
If the southern states seceded over slavery, where were the white slaves? No, it was not merely about slavery, but rather preserving White Supremacy.
— Noah Zucker (@noahlz) September 13, 2018
Then a debate touched off about why the North went to war…
A lovely clip I agree, but it's a tad idealistic to claim the north went to war only to free slaves. Baran and Sweezy explain how the war was about the extension of northern capitalist hegemony and wage-labour which are incompatible with a slave economy.
— Hal Westergaard (@hal_westergaard) September 13, 2018
Seven treasonous southern legislatures declared they were separate, all of them listing slavery as a reason, and attacked the United States of America, bombarding Fort Sumter. The war came from the slavers, not from the north.
— Steve Yelvington (@yelvington) September 13, 2018
Read the Cornerstone Speech by CSA VP Alexander Stephens. He knew better than anyone the why. Slavery; white supremacy – the whole ball game.
— Randy Mayeux (@Randy1116) September 14, 2018
Yep. You just have to read the Articles of Secession for each of the states. They all name slavery.
— Ann Keenan (@AnnKeenan3434) September 14, 2018
Exactly it wasn’t til further down the line that Lincoln realized slavery was bad for the country which is the only reason he freed them. Lincoln was most definitely racist unsurprisingly. If the south had backed down Lincoln would’ve let them keep their slaves
— Peyton Udell (@gaytoradebitch) September 14, 2018
But most just didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…
This is not funny BUT OMG I can’t stop laughing the “like slavery” and blank stare at the end had me howling pic.twitter.com/3S2cAylX5d
— MsRenaP (@Ms_Rena) September 13, 2018
Hilarious, but I wish it hadn't cut off. I wanted to see him try to talk himself out of that corner
— Breanna P (@doom_goddess) September 14, 2018
… and CUT ! This stays for posterity! pic.twitter.com/WCjT43tpp0
— RockyRoRocky (@RckyRR) September 13, 2018
— RockyRoRocky (@RckyRR) September 14, 2018
Make Education Great Again
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry ♀️
— Megan Blair (@MeganSBlair) September 13, 2018
It’s hard to believe this isn’t from a Christopher Guest movie.
— CK (@cmkinmia) September 13, 2018
I can’t stop laughing, it’s not funny, but I can’t stop
— A. Ham (@lettucefortwo) September 13, 2018
— Ingrid Ross (@Tlloc497) September 13, 2018
In completely unrelated news, President Trump wants to cut $3 billion from the Department of Education…