In Irving, Texas, the town that recently accused schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed of bringing a homemade bomb to school, around 15 people from a group calling itself the Bureau on American Islamic Relations doxxed members of a local mosque and staged an armed protest outside on Saturday, bearing signs that read 'stop the Islamization of America'.
One of the camo-wearing, gun-toting protestors told local news:
It's a boiling pot. The top on this kettle is on really, really tight, and it is going to blow. I may look like their version of a racist, but I'm not... I just don't want them to push their beliefs down my throat.
The group's leader David Wright told the Dallas Morning News that he decided on the action because Muslims in Irving had "threatened to kill the mayor", a claim that local news found was unsubstantiated.
He said that the names and addresses of some members of the mosque had been released because they "stood up for Sharia tribunal" by asking Irving City Council not to support the "American Laws for American Courts" bill, an idea proposed by mayor Beth Van Duyne, who has been accused of Islamophobia.
The group staged the armed protest, Wright said, as a show of strength:
[The guns were] mostly for self-defence or protection. But I'm not going to lie. We do want to show force. We're not sitting ducks.
Police were present after being alerted to the protest by concerned community members, but since there are open cary laws in place for shotguns and rifles in Texas, the group's actions were completely legal.