Louisville, Kentucky, USA: 17 white crosses with names of those killed recently when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were seen on Sunday hanging from a billboard advertising a local gun show in Louisville, Kentucky. It is not clear who hung the crosses on the billboard.
The billboard includes a picture of a man holding two guns. The billboard promotes the “National Gun Day Gun Show,” which took place at the Kentucky Exposition Center at the end of February.
After the image of the crosses on the billboard went viral, a spokeswoman for the company that owns the billboard said the crosses would be taken down over “the next few hours.”
Gun control has become a central issue since the Florida high school shooting, with students demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future shootings.
Students have planned a “March for Our Lives” later this month in Washington, D.C. to rally against gun violence and call for new gun laws.
Last month, a billboard on the northbound side of Interstate 65 near the Fern Valley Road exit was tagged with a message that stated: “Kill the NRA” and a reference to “Resist 45,” a group that opposes President Donald Trump.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead has renewed outrage and debate over the nation’s gun laws, and the NRA is drawing criticism from those who want to see tighter regulations on firearms.
Photos of the tagged billboard last month circulated widely on social media. The NRA’s official Facebook page also shared a photo of the sign, telling gun owners that it’s “a wakeup call. They’re coming after us.”
“Resist 45” has popped up on several billboards across Louisville last year, including one on a University of Louisville soccer board near campus and another along Interstate 65.
A billboard targeted in October featured a small “Resist 45” tag in the corner and referenced a campaign scandal in which Trump was recorded in 2005 talking with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about saxually assaulting women.
A Facebook page for Resist 45 has been deleted.