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Gun parts maker sparks controversy with 'pure American' billboard

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:40

March 15 - Rifles as American as apple pie and baseball? A new Chicago billboard draws mixed reactions. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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A new billboard in Chicago is stirring up controversy. The ad for gun parts maker Slide Fire shows a large, black rifle next to a baseball glove and apple pie. "Pure American", says the slogan. Community activists, like Father Michael Pfleger, are horrified. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER MICHAEL PFLEGER SAYING: "Is this really how our country wants to be seen as our way of life?" But others see it differently, like Andre Queen, who trains people how to use guns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDRE QUEEN OF THE FIDELITY TRAINING ACADEMY SAYING: "I like the sign. When I saw it, it gave me kind of a rush of American pride." As the debate over gun control rages on, the billboard is certainly a sign of the times.

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Gun parts maker sparks controversy with 'pure American' billboard

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:40