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Below is the copy and pasted article from the Indianapolis Star newspaper from Sat. March 23, 2013
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Comcast’s decision forces Indiana gun stores to find new ways to advertise

The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, Ind. —
A decision by Comcast Corp. to ban commercials touting firearms and ammunition has left some Indiana gun store owners searching for new ways to advertise their products.

Rick Oliver, who owns Haley’s Lodge, a Lafayette-area gun store, said he has been told the store’s TV ads will no longer be accepted. Oliver said he is confused by the ban but plans on shifting his television advertising budget to radio and print since Comcast is the Lafayette area’s only local cable provider.

“I’ve been running TV ads for 30 years. But if they don’t want my money, I’ll take it elsewhere,” he told the Journal & Courier for a Friday story.

Oliver also said he has stopped running TV ads for his second business, Haley’s Lock, Safe & Keys, on principle.

Paul Vondrasek, owner of gun and ammunition store Diamond V Outdoor Sports, said he hasn’t had much luck with radio advertising in Lafayette.

“I don’t really know how successful it was,” Vondrasek said.

Chris Ellis, a spokesman for Comcast Spotlight — Comcast’s advertising sales division — said the decision to ban such commercials was made earlier this year after the company finalized its purchase of NBC Universal.

“Consistent with long-standing NBC policies, Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward,” he said.

Comcast declined to comment on the financial losses it might suffer because of the change in policy.

Gun-control advocates are pleased with Comcast’s decision and hope other influential media businesses will follow suit. Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications already have restrictions on certain types of weapons ads.

“This is a really brave move for Comcast, and I give them a standing ovation,” said Julia Chester, Midwest regional coordinator for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Advertising has such a huge impact on public opinion, and we’re really at a tipping point in the gun violence conversation.”

But Greg Hasek, manager of Four Guns in Lafayette, said the ban on gun advertisements is singling out one industry. He noted that there are widespread advertisements for alcohol, which can lead to drunken-driving deaths.

“There are so many things that can harm people if they let it,” Hasek said. “Buffets are so unhealthy they can lead to death by obesity complications. Are we going to stop advertising buffets?”

“Advertising has such a huge impact on public opinion, and we’re really at a tipping point in the gun violence conversation.”


JULIA CHESTER,


Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“Buffets are so unhealthy they can lead to death by obesity complications.

Are we going to stop advertising buffets?”


GREG HASEK,


manager of Four Guns in Lafayette


Oops! Misspelled commercials in the header, tried to edit it but this site won't let me edit the header.
 

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There should be a law-suit started, in Federal Court, over Restraint of Trade. It also violates the Equal Representation clause in the FCC. There is nothing illegal in the sale of firearms, not it's advertising. A political decision by a monopoly in the market-place is supposed to be prevented by the FCC, and guarded against under the Restraint of Trade legislation.
 

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Kiss TV goodbye, do not give the anti's your money.
 

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Comcast = Commiecast
 
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