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Anti-Gun Ads Use Real Mass Shootings and Bloody Visuals in Attempt to Sway Voters Faulting politicians, and those who elected them

These ads for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence must rank among the most unnervingly visual—and potentially polarizing—this category has ever produced. And that's really saying something. A somber soundtrack and…

October 29, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

Swarmed by Government Drones? This Ad Suggests Blasting Them With a Silenced Shotgun Meet Johnny Dronehunter, privacy enforcer

Sometimes when you watch an ad, you can't quite believe it's real. Then you learn about the backstory, and you watch it again, and you still can't wrap your head…

July 31, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

This Epic Front-Yard Dildo Battle Suddenly Becomes a Pretty Amazing PSA Sex toys always sell

Don't you just love an epic dildo battle? Well, yeah, as long as it's not your kid waving them around the front yard. This new ad from McCann New York is…

June 26, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

Gun Ad Featuring Michelangelo's David Comes Under Fire From the Italian Government Statue can't be used commercially

The Italian government is taking aim at Illinois gun manufacturer ArmaLite, which offended Italy's entire cultural ministry by using Michelangelo's David in an ad for the AR-50A1 rifle. Italy's culture minister,…

March 11, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

Starbucks CEO Requests No More Guns on Patrons, Sparks Stark Twitter Reactions Howard Schultz's letter draws praise and condemnation

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has published an online letter requesting customers not to carry guns into his thousands of coffee shops though he stopped short of banning firearms from his…

September 18, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

'Bribe the Senate' Gun-Control Campaign Is Altered Because, Well, Bribes Are Illegal Goodby creatives avoid jail time

A jokey-yet-serious campaign called Bribe the Senate, intended to get the U.S. Senate to at least discuss the idea of mandatory background checks on gun purchases, has hit a legal…

July 25, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

Theater Regrets Having Body-Armored, Assault Rifle-Carrying Cosplayers at Iron Man 3 Premiere Police received 911 calls fearing Aurora-like shooter

A Missouri movie theater today apologized "to those who felt they were in harm’s way" when cosplayers arrived for the Iron Man 3 premiere in Jefferson City carrying fake firearms.…

May 10, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

Ad for My First Rifle, Used to Kill 2-Year-Old, Is Way Too Much Like Any Other Toy Commercial Crickett takes website down

The problem with this 30-second spot for Crickett's My First Rifle .22-caliber single-shot gun is that it basically markets it as a toy. We see a school-age boy wide-eyed with…

May 6, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

Oscar Pistorius Ad by Nike Not Looking Quite as Awesome Today Gun metaphor is one of several

Gun metaphors are probably never a good idea in sports marketing. But Nike is feeling the sting more than most today, having produced this ad in 2011 with Oscar Pistorius—who…

February 14, 2013, 12:54 PM EST

Paintball Gets Kid Friendly With the JT SplatMaster Marketer shoots up cable with new spot

Behold this new kid's product—with national TV ads breaking this holiday—and try hard not to conjure the familiar refrain, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" It's called the JT SplatMaster,…

December 13, 2012, 11:55 AM EST