America’s gun culture summarized in a single photo
Firearms in America have a culture of pleasure and protection, but they also bring with them a high number of fatalities. These two perspectives presented together create tensions from supporters on either end.
On Thursday, an ad was placed on the front page of the Charleston Post & Courier that showcased a gun sale going on at ATP Gun Shop & Range. This particular ad was then poorly placed alongside a feature story reporting on Wednesday’s Charleston church shooting that resulted in nine deaths.
Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today. pic.twitter.com/GyAW4EcKF1
— Jonathan A. Neufeld (@jneuf) June 18, 2015
Charleston College professor Jonathan Neufield took to Twitter to show the inappropriately placed advertisement. His tweet was retweeted 50,000 times.
“The front-page sticky note that was attached to home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended,” said the Charleston Post & Courier to reporter Jim Romenesko. Had the sale advertisement been located in a different section of the newspaper there may not have been cause for controversy, but its front page placement was seen as insensitive in its untimeliness.
This coincidence paints a picture of the two-sided coin that is the role of guns in America. The advertisement represents firearms as objects of self-defense and sport, whereas the story featured on the same page of the ad shows them as tools for violence and hate.
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