I am doing everything I can in my power to not start hysterically crying in the Digital Media Lab in Corboy right now. Listening to one of my favorite songs, “When I Grow Up,” isn’t helping. Probably because it has become such a common theme in America that some young adults will never grow up… AdWeek posted an article today, titled “After Trayvon Martin, Chilling Ad Offers Bulletproof Vests for Kids,” which at first glance, I was infuriated by because I didn’t realize if the ad was satirical or not. Is that an f-ing joke?? What has this country come to? But as I reading through the article, and watched the tear inducing video, I was quite moved by the ad’s message.
A Florida-based group, called The Dream Defenders, put together an entire website, using H&M style ads to try to “sell” a “bulletproof vest for boys” for the reasonable price of $149.99! But when you click anywhere on that webpage, it takes you to the Dream Defenders website, featuring the chilling video, as well as information on how to get involved, and ultimately fight against Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
I think the ad campaign is incredibly affective, and I really hope that the law in question is ultimately revoked and tragic shootings become a thing of American past. The only places and people I think should be allowed a gun are those who live a hunter lifestyle (such as in Montana, where people go hunting, and you don’t hear of any human-shootings happening there, do you?) In places like Florida (besides from the Everglades), and cities like Chicago, I don’t understand why a person feels the need for the gun. I’m censoring myself right now to avoid ruffling anyone’s feathers too much.
I don’t know how people in our class feel about gun rights. And frankly, I don’t know if I want to just because the argument is infuriating to me. If any pro-gun advocate watches the video the Dream Defenders put together and still doesn’t question their beliefs, then I will question their morals.
Is it more important for Americans to have the right to a gun, or should we all just walk around in bulletproof vests everyday, hoping that our loved ones don’t become the next newspaper headliner?
Out of curiosity, does anyone know of any pro-gun law ads that are moving, or can influence a person to change their opinions?