Does the Firearms, Baseball and Apple Pie Billboard Over I-55 Offend You?

Slide Fire billboard dubs the trio "Pure American." What do you think? Vote in our poll.

Gun control activists, including the Rev. Michael Pfleger, want a billboard hovering over the Stevenson Expressway taken down, saying it exposes children to a harmful message — that firearms are as American as baseball and apple pie.

The sign is visible to eastbound traffic on I-55 near Central Avenue. The billboard has been in place since Jan. 13.

Hal Kilshaw, vice president of governmental relations for LaMar Advertising, told the Chicago Tribune in February that the billboard company decided to accept copy from the advertiser, Slide Fire.

Slide Fire is a Texas-based company.

"We feel like it's a legal product, and the advertiser has a First Amendment right to try to sell this product," Kilshaw said. "If a group wanted to run a billboard that says, 'We think semiautomatic rifles should be banned,' we would run that."

Pfleger, who has served as pastor to South Side Catholic churches in neighborhoods beset by gun violence, told ABC 7 News this week that the billboard must come down.

"With the loss of so many of our children due to gun violence, the last thing we need is to make an assault weapon a symbol of American life. This is disrespectful and must be removed," Pfleger said.
Jordan S. Zoot March 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Back to the core contention in the post.....is Father Pflager a member of the "young man..step into the confession booth and pull your trousers down fraternity"?
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 02:16 AM
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 08:47 AM
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO Longer there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 05:22 PM
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.


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