The city of Florence, Alabama received a shock this weekend as graffiti artists decided to express their hatred for President Donald Trump by creating a display featuring him firing a gun at school children.
The downtown area of Florence has a rich history and reputation for being a very patriotic, pro-American area, however “artists” have been coming in more frequently and leaving their overblown political opinions on walls across the city.
“It’s not something that we want to have to see every day.” Sarah Shirey and her husband own Turbo Coffee on Tennessee Street across from the latest graffiti display. It depicts President Trump shooting a handgun at children. The display appeared early this morning.
“My husband and I were looking at it, trying to figure it out, and then we realized all of the red coming out of the bodies was blood; and then I was assuming it was a school shooting,” stated Shirey.
Florence city leaders are just as shocked as Shirey and the others who have seen it. The display is on private property so their hands are sort of tied.
Shirey understands the importance of free speech, but she believes the concrete wall is not the place to do it.
“They are obviously trying to send a message about what they believe, and I guess people have that freedom here, but that is a private piece of property and so they can’t really do it there. Which we really don’t appreciate it there,” Shirey said.
Here’s a look at the mural:
As of this writing city workers have already painted over the mural, erasing the very distasteful “art display” from existence.
As Shirey stated above, everyone has the right to express their thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and opinions per the First Amendment, however, a person absolutely does not have the right to deface property that belongs to another person.
If someone wants to express their — ignorant — belief that Trump is responsible for deranged maniacs shooting up schools, then there are plenty of legal platforms available to do so.
Tagging someone’s wall does not fall into that category.
President Trump isn’t responsible for the actions of a mass shooter. These individuals, the ones who took action to bring harm to innocent lives, are the ones who are solely responsible for their behavior.
The sooner personal responsibility makes a comeback in America, the better off our society will be.