GOP Group's Meeting Includes Shooting at Targets Representing Muslims and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

On what planet is it considered a joke to shoot at a target representing a sitting U.S. congresswoman who happens to be a mother of three and a breast cancer survivor? To what audience is that a knee slapper? Really?

Apparently at the comedy club known as the Southeast Broward Republican Club. The members met at a gun club to demonstrate their right to bear arms, which isn't that unusual, but things took a turn for the bizarre when they began shooting at "cut-outs of a Muslim holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher."

Then some guy named Robert Lowry, who is running against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the next election, shot a human-shaped target that had the letters "DWS" written next to the head. Unless the guy is dyslexic and felt he got ripped off at the bargain shoe retailer, the message was pretty clear.

Lowry said he didn't know who wrote Wasserman Schultz's initials on his target, but said he knew they were there before he started shooting. He initially described it as a "joke," but after answering several questions, he said it "was a mistake" to use a target labeled "DWS."

There's nothing wrong with Republicans, or anyone, keeping an eye on Second Amendment rights, but it might help their message just a bit that responsible, mature Americans should be allowed to own guns if they actually acted like responsible, mature Americans.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.