An electronic board on Franklin Road in Caldwell juxtaposes photos of Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes who is accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater with President Obama. Sponsored by The Ralph Smeed Foundation the billboard often features anti-Obama messages, however, this time the rather strange comparison has sparked outrage in the community.
While comparing the two the message on the billboard reads under James picture, “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out," this is juxtaposed to a photo of Obama with the words, "Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize."
So what’s the point the billboard intends to covey? Obama broke his promise to bring the troops home and many young Americans have died due to the foreign policy decisions taken by Obama administration.
According to Foundation member and former state lawmaker, Maurice Clements this billboard he is just trying to compare the way society reacts. “We’re all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan.”He said.
Irrespective of the message that the billboard tried to convey, it has definitely sparked a feeling of aggression among residents who have dubbed it as ‘way, way out of the line’ and ‘offensive’. Moreover, by placing such billboards are we trying to sympathize with the killer and overlook the horror and brutality that led to the loss of innocent lives.
Clearly, human life is precious and killing it just for the sake of fun is something highly condemnable, whether it occurs in Afghanistan or Colorado. However, what is disappointing is that in a moment when a nation needs to unite and condemn such acts of terrorism, they are engaging in activities like that act as a distraction from the core issue and unnecessarily politicize an issue, something which will definitely not help in reaching upon a solution.