Gun advertisement’s front-page placement shows poor judgment
We are alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
We write this letter to express our enormous disappointment for the front-page edition of your newspaper, printed on May 2, 2018 (Vol. 59. No. 7). On the page you published three different stories reporting on the direct effects that gun violence has had in our community in just the past year and a half: one about the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, one about the money raised for the victims and survivors of the MSD shooting, and a tribute to Alyssa Alhadeff, whose celebration of life took place yesterday on what would have been her 15th birthday.
Our disappointment in your poor judgment spurs from the ill-placed advertisement for the Fort Lauderdale gun show, offering discounted admission and concealed permit classes, placed immediately below the aforementioned stories.
The correct response from the paper should be, “Fuck you. Read the Constitution, twits.”
We deeply regret placement of a gun advertisement on our front page Wednesday morning.
It is against our policy to run gun and other types of controversial advertising on our front page.
We understand how the juxtaposition of certain ads and news stories can appear extremely insensitive, and we failed to prevent such a juxtaposition today.
We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again, and the Sun Sentinel now has a moratorium on gun advertising.
Ghu forbid a newspaper run anything “controversial” where it can be seen.