Posted September 21, 2015 10:00 pm by Comments

By Robert Farago

RIPTA bus stop arm since removed (courtesy

“Ads for a new security company featuring bullets and two men in flak jackets pointing assault rifles at viewers were removed Friday from 10 RIPTA bus shelters in Providence and other cities,” reports, “after some Elmwood residents complained that the ads glorified gun violence in a neighborhood suffering from shootings.” Seriously? Seriously . . .

The complaints began Thursday evening with a Facebook post by Rachel Newman Greene, director of partnerships at the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, that the ads showed an “appalling normalization of violence, an assault on our neighborhoods and a reprehensible assault weapons-based ‘service’.”

H. Philip West, former executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island and an Elmwood resident, immediately took the cause to RIPTA and Lamar Outdoor Advertising, which has a contract for the bus shelters, and urged their removal. In emails, West wrote about hearing volleys of gunfire near his home on Stanwood Street, seeing a motorist gunned down near Calvary Baptist Church on Broad Street, and how a tenant, who was a graduate student from India, was terrified when a bullet shot through his window.

Sure. An ad for a security firm’s gonna amp-up gang banger violence in the Ocean State. Anyway, …read more

Source:: Truth About Guns

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