Posted January 9, 2019 9:00 pm by Comments

By Tom Knighton

Monster trucks and guns may not look like they have a lot in common, but they do. Besides the fact that many who enjoy monster trucks also enjoy shooting, that is.

You see, when I talk about the stigmatization of gun ownership, I’m talking about deep cultural issues that manifest themselves in very different ways. One way is when guns, even the images of them, are quietly pushed aside, like what’s happening with monster trucks.

When Monster Jam roars into Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, something will be missing from the enormous trucks— all images of guns.

There are still trucks with menacing names like Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction. But Slinger, formerly Gunslinger, was quietly redesigned in 2017 to turn the gun images on the truck to slingshots.

The gun turret from Soldier Fortune was removed that year. And the Metal Mulisha monster truck was redesigned to remove the image of a gun.

Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment is the producer of Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live and a host of other live family-oriented shows. It saw its share of protestors and controversy when it operated the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In an attempt …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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