Yesterday I was floored when an advertisement for firearms manufacturer FN Herstal came on during broadcast of one of the ACC men's basketball tournament games on the local ACC Network affiliate WMYA-40 out of Asheville. I'm not sure whether this was a network ad, sanctioned by the ACC, or a local only ad. FN Herstal, based in Belgium, owns the Winchester and Browning brands in the US, with manufacturing in Columbia, SC, and marketing in McLean, VA.
I have emailed the ACC Commissioner's office, and the leadership at each member institution of the ACC, suggesting that firearms advertising is inappropriate during league-sanctioned broadcasts. I reminded them of last night's mass shooting in Wilkinsburg, a Pittsburgh suburb, as the University of Pittsburgh is now part of the ACC.
I feel strongly that mass media advertising should be banned for a number of products, including prescription drugs, distilled spirits, and firearms.