In a bow to political correctness and sensitivity, the Second Amendment fell as a major regional airport decided to remove paid advertising from a concourse when “some” travelers were upset by merely seeing images of... firearms.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina has a contract with the local company, FN Manufacturing, to post advertisements within the airport, but after “The State,” an online news source, reported that “some travelers” were “upset” when they saw a billboard-sized ad proclaiming: “Yeah, we carry,” the executive director of the airport called a special meeting and decided the ad had to come down.


“I pulled in the commission, and really, they felt that given the negative feedback that it’d probably be better to bring it down,” said Dan Mann.

The overly cautious and politically correct move was seconded by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who said, “It was the wrong ad in the wrong place at the wrong time. I could easily see why anyone, including gun owners, which I am, would be seriously alarming,” who inflated “upset” to “seriously alarming.”

Although FN did not comment on the removal of its paid advertising, airport staff said the ad was directed at the 20 percent of its travelers who are military personnel stationed at nearby Ft. Jackson.

The Mayor said, the ad was simply inappropriate because of its location, but South Carolina poet, Nikky Finney, went farther, calling the ad “obscene” and was “disappointed” when two other FN ads were not also removed “given the tenor and the times we live in.”

FN Manufacturing is a global company with headquarters in Virginia, but maintains a strong economic presence in Columbia and in addition to selling firearms, provides training that “safeguards lives” according to its mission statement.

Two other, smaller ads remain on display in less conspicuous locations within the airport.

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