Moms Group Denounces Assault Rifle Billboard

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014  |  Updated 9:20 PM CDT
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A group is asking an advertising company to take down a billboard featuring an assault rifle.

The group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), is opposed to an ad along I-55 near Harlem Avenue that features pictures of a baseball glove, an apple pie and an assault rifle with the words "Pure American." It's designed to depict guns as American as apple pie and baseball.

The group is asking Lamar Advertising to remove the ad, which has also been posted in several other cities.

According to a news release, MDA is upset that the billboard has been placed in Chicago, "a city with one of the highest gun violence rates in the country."

Lamar Advertising issued a statement on its Facebook page earlier this week saying they "support the First Amendment right of advertisers and believe that it is in the best interest of our company and the communities we serve to accept advertising copy openly."

MDA representatives say Lamar's excuse doesn't fly because the company has rejected ads in the past.

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