A gun control group in Pennsylvania is calling for its supporters to thank Comcast for getting the NRA to change its TV ad spots that depicted children with guns at the outdoors show.
CeaseFirePA praised Comcast for “standing up to the gun lobby” after the cable giant demanded that the National Rife Association edit one of its advertisements for the Pennsylvania outdoors show in Harrisburg in February, according to reports from Philly.com.
The NRA runs the Great American Outdoor Show which runs from February 6th through the 4th.
Originally the NRA refused to make the ad changes as the children in all of the short clips were well supervised with safety officers and showed nothing violent or incendiary.
You can see one of the original spots here:
It’s obvious that only someone who is an anti-gun activist would have a problem with the spot. The NRA had originally responded with this comment from spokesman Kyle Jillson,
“Any way you cut it, the shooting sports are a significant part of the show. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to advertise for one of the Great American Outdoor Show’s main areas? We designed an ad campaign to depict the events, activities, and sights people could expect to see at the Great American Outdoor Show. To remove a crucial aspect of the show from our ads would be a major disservice to people who may be interested in attending. We do not have plans to alter the ads at this time.”
CeaseFirePA, which advocates for better gun laws, asked supporters in a tweet on Monday to sign letters that will later be presented to Comcast. The group also sent emails to supporters.
“There are not a lot of times that people can thank their cable companies,” Shira Goodman, executive director of the Philadelphia nonprofit, said Monday.