A Florida gun company near Orlando is defending its decision to run a completely insane ad showing men carrying assault rifles at a protest, which is in no way condoning violence, folks.
The ad, which was previewed on Facebook Jan. 7 and also ran in Skillset Magazine, was commissioned by Spikes Tactical, an AR-15 parts and weapons manufacturer in Apopka, and Texas-based clothing line Pipe Hitters Union.
Besides showing heavily armed men standing down protesters who appear to be carrying flashlights and broomsticks, the ad also mentions the sites of recent political clashes that involved Antifa counterprotesting white supremacists, including the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville that left a protester dead.
Maybe they’re taking advantage of our recent political divide and just want you to buy their guns and clothes for the next protest? Or, perhaps they’re sympathizing with the white supremacists who oppose antifascist counterprotestors. Unfortunately, it’s unclear exactly what this ad is promoting.
Editor’s Note: I chose to excerpt from this article for two reasons, to show the ad Spikes Tactical ran, and to highlight the tendency by statist-left leaning journalists to equate almost any expression of thought that counters their own as being somehow an indication of white supremacism. The ad itself warrants some questions, but leaping to the conclusion, or even allowing for the possibility without a lot more evidence, that a company is somehow partnering with white supremacism borders on the defamatory.
It should be added that nowhere does the ad mention Charlottesville. It only mentions Berkley. If anything, the ad seems to be focused on being anti-socialist. The issue I have with the ad is the creator of the ad most likely has no real idea what Antifa actually is (what “it” is cannot be monolithically defined because “Antifa’ is not one centralized group with one belief system).