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Guns in Ads in New York City: August 6, 2012

Updated on August 13, 2012

Yet another gun massacre.


In the wake of another mass shooting here in the United States there is growing discussion as to whether producers of violent movies, television shows, video games and more... and actors who make a living portraying gun-wielding characters in those productions - sometimes again and again and again... and critics/reviewers who praise those violent productions rather than comdemn them... and still others who profit from their association with these same productions need to second guess their actions. Even stop it.

And so, what was my reaction to all this? Some picture-taking, and this Hub.

A few days after the shooting in Wisconson...

less than a month after the worst mass killing in the U.S... in Colorado...

and a year after the mass shooting in my former hometown, Tucson, AZ...

I decided to see how many Hollywood film or other ads I would be exposed to while spending a short time in Manhattan.

In only a few subway stations and three sections of the city, below are the results.

What does it mean? You decide.

The ads I spotted showing guns.

I spotted this ad near Fifth Ave. and East 46th Street, next to a Build-A-Bear Workshop.
I spotted this ad near Fifth Ave. and East 46th Street, next to a Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Found at the corner of Varick and Spring Street.
Found at the corner of Varick and Spring Street.
Also at Varick and Spring St.
Also at Varick and Spring St.
Spotted near Varick and Broome Street.
Spotted near Varick and Broome Street.
Atop a cab at Sixth Ave. and Spring Street.
Atop a cab at Sixth Ave. and Spring Street.
Spotted in a nearby Spring St. subway station.
Spotted in a nearby Spring St. subway station.
Found in the subway station below the Port Authority.
Found in the subway station below the Port Authority.
A television ad, below the Port Authority bus terminal.
A television ad, below the Port Authority bus terminal.
Of course, this isn't an ad. But it is another way New Yorkers are exposed to guns every day... the presence of NYPD and other armed personnel, enhanced for our protection after 9/11.
Of course, this isn't an ad. But it is another way New Yorkers are exposed to guns every day... the presence of NYPD and other armed personnel, enhanced for our protection after 9/11.
Ad for a video game in the window of a store below the Port Authority bus terminal.
Ad for a video game in the window of a store below the Port Authority bus terminal.
Part of a mural in the Port Authority bus terminal.
Part of a mural in the Port Authority bus terminal.
The scene at Eighth Ave. and West 42nd Street, outside the Port Authority.
The scene at Eighth Ave. and West 42nd Street, outside the Port Authority.
An ad, looking back at the bus terminal.
An ad, looking back at the bus terminal.
This huge ad, which actually wraps around the corner more (to the left), is at West 42nd Street and Sixth Ave, the southern most tip of Times Square.
This huge ad, which actually wraps around the corner more (to the left), is at West 42nd Street and Sixth Ave, the southern most tip of Times Square.
And yet another movie ad below the PA.
And yet another movie ad below the PA.
Spotted in a subway station in Long Island City, Queens below the Citi building.
Spotted in a subway station in Long Island City, Queens below the Citi building.
Also in the LIC subway station.
Also in the LIC subway station.
On the side of a bus near the Citi building.
On the side of a bus near the Citi building.

AND ONE MORE !!!

Something I almost missed when walking through Times Square, and I'll bet hundreds of thousands of visitors and New Yorkers have also... flags at half mast honoring those who died in the Wisconsin gun massacre.
Something I almost missed when walking through Times Square, and I'll bet hundreds of thousands of visitors and New Yorkers have also... flags at half mast honoring those who died in the Wisconsin gun massacre.

You, your family, friends, neighbors, others.


Where you work, live and play, how many ads with guns are you exposed to on a daily basis? And not only on the streets.

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