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Topic: Guns

What Were They Thinking? Charleston Newspaper Ran Gun Store Ad Over Shooting Coverage

'A deeply regrettable coincidence'

One month after a Florida newspaper called its gun show ad placement over murder coverage a "regrettable coincidence," Charleston's Post and Courier has trotted out the exact same excuse for…

Sensors Will Have a Bigger Impact on Marketing Than the Internet Did, GroupM Exec Predicts

Ubiquitous at CES, they'll soon take over your car and yoga pants

Delivering everything from increasingly sophisticated collision detection in cars to performance-enhancing data in smart fabrics in athletic apparel, sensors are ubiquitous on the CES showroom floor this year. Jack Smith,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

'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…

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.…

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…

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