The Sunday Times sported a TNT Television advertisement over its front page that looked just like the front page (complete with Sunday masthead). It promoted the TV series “Falling Skies” with a photo of a dozen men and women marching toward the viewer, each brandishing various kinds of assault weapons. They looked very cool.
The “real” front page (beneath the advertisement) contained a story about Friday’s Santa Monica shootings. It showed a surveillance photo of the killer entering the college library with an assault weapon. He looked not very cool—he had “a history of mental issues,” says the article. It blames the tragedy on access to firearms. So which is it, America? Are guns good or not good? Is shooting up other people cool, or is it not cool? If murder is not cool, then let’s stop promoting movies that make killing look cool, especially to those walking our streets with “a history of mental issues.”