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'Pure American' billboard sparks controversy

'Pure American' Billboard Sparks Controversy

Gun control activists want a billboard hovering over the Stevenson Expressway taken down.


"I was insulted, angry when I saw it," Father Michael Pfleger said.

The sign can be seen on eastbound Interstate 55 near Central Avenue.

It features a baseball mitt, an apple pie and an assault rifle, all above the words "Pure American."

Father Pfleger, pastor for St. Sabina on the south side, is too familiar with how gun violence consumes his south side community. He's been working years to beat the statistics and has marched tirelessly in the streets to be heard. This billboard, paid for by Slide Fire, a TEXAS firearms parts manufacturer, doesn't help his cause, he says.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says it's exposing children to a harmful message.

The billboard company, Lamar Advertising, says the rifle company has a First Amendment right to advertise.

Read more at WGN.

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dexrmerritt March 14 2014 at 11:37 AM

The Truth...there ya go....

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I've no Bunghole March 14 2014 at 11:37 AM

That is not and assault rifle.
I have a rifle that has never assaulted anyone.
All my rifles are for self defense and sport.

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wlh1923 I've no Bunghole March 14 2014 at 11:41 AM

Yeah, and one day when one of your kids finds your carefully "secured" gun that wasn't so carefully secured and accidentally shoots himself or a playmate we'll be reading about you. Until then?

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ceecee wlh1923 March 14 2014 at 2:24 PM

And when a thug comes into your home and kills your family, we will read about YOU. You can feel all warm and fuzzy with your "give peace a chance" cra@, as they kill your children ( I pray this never happens)

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mackkearney wlh1923 March 14 2014 at 11:14 PM

One day he might get hit by lightening too. Cut off all hands fists kill more people each year than assault weapons by almost 3 to 1. Eliminate cars they kill more people than any other instrument of destruction. That's how dumb the anti gun arguments sound although my facts unlike theirs are correct.

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OKnemoX March 14 2014 at 11:39 AM

This isn't news. the same billboard was up on I-81 in PA two months ago because of the outdoor show. it had mixed reviews then and it does now. Free speech. get over it.

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badgeman1558 March 14 2014 at 11:39 AM

Ahhh.....they want it "taken down". Gee., it looks like they are disturbed by an ad for a pump action (slide fire) rifle. That is NOT an assault rifle by any stretch of the imagination. But, like liberals everywhere, if THEY don't like something it must be banned. To me this smacks of a 1st amendment violation issue.

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JUANITA badgeman1558 March 14 2014 at 11:52 AM

Here we go agains. Another weapn expert. It doesn't matter what type of weapon it is, they all only serve for one purpose, to kill. Well, just because you love weapons, doesn't mean you have to shove them down the throats of those of us who don't. We have to drive on the streets too and see this awful piece of abomination. The only thing on that billboard that I like is pizza and that's not good for your health. Children don't need to thinking you have to own a weapon to be considered an American much less a Pure American, which doesn't even exist. We are all mixed with other races, didn't you know that???? They forgot to put a six-pack and an All-American couple having sex. You can't get more American than that. What happened to decency and respect and consideration and some good values. Those things are very American and we seemed to have forgotten about all of those. Now violence is the new form of living.

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mackkearney badgeman1558 March 14 2014 at 11:17 PM

Badge its all about appearances with liberals that's why the pass bills knowing the programs will never solve the problem only look like they are doing something. In their world if it looks like an assault weapon even is it is a super soaker it must be an assault weapon.

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d.maxine.jordan March 14 2014 at 11:41 AM

He wants it taken down? Well, I want him to stop preaching. Does that make sense?

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fretwerk d.maxine.jordan March 14 2014 at 11:45 AM

No. I want you to stop justifying the death of children for your sport.

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jeff4570 March 14 2014 at 11:44 AM

Quick ! Duck for cover , its a BILLBOARD !

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drtie1 March 14 2014 at 11:48 AM

Papa Pfleger, you need to come out of your box. Lets not forget, if we didn't have these weapons, you wouldn't have the freedom to preach!!!

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Philip March 14 2014 at 11:48 AM

I think it;s great!

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rongersonrealtor March 14 2014 at 11:52 AM

You all should see who this priest is. One of the president's friends and a Farrakhan Supporter.

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prnyl March 14 2014 at 11:52 AM

PFLEGER is one of the biggest whiny activist/ so-called priests around so having him criticize this is viewed by most as verfiying its appropriateness.

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