Seriously Dofuses? – Time Warner Bans Semi-Auto Gun Advertisments – What About The Programming Content?

updateUpdate:  A Gun Store in North Carolina who has paid for advertising, and is now having their commercials pulled, shares this story:

[…]  In a statement, the cable provider said, “Time Warner Cable has policies in place that govern the kind of advertising we accept. Under that policy, we no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people. We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”

When we asked if the cable provider would also ban similar programming, TWC said no.

“Viewers make a conscious choice to watch particular TV programs and movies, and tools like TV and movie ratings and the parental control features of our Digital TV service help consumers make informed viewing choices for their families,” a TWC spokesman said in an e-mail to WWAY. “Consumers don’t choose the advertising that airs during a particular show, so it’s appropriate for us to have a policy.”  (link)

Follow the prog logic….. Um, the TV watcher has control over the remote during the show, but not during the commercials.

Time Warner Cable has decided to turn away any advertisment that includes Semi-Automatic gun ads, or content.   Which begs the question:  What about the actual network programming containing the exact same content of gun/firearm use?  It would be intellectually impossible to remain consistent in defense of this position while still airing shows glorifying the use of the product they ban from their advertising.  No?

undefined(MC News) — Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.

“We no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”

Time Warner Cable Content

On Dec. 14, 27 people, including 20 elementary school children, were killed at Sandy Hook. The tragedy has spurred a national outcry for tougher gun laws.

On Jan. 16 President Barack Obama mapped out new gun control measures that would require universal background checks for all gun purchasers and place a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said in a statement Wednesday that it supported the President’s proposals.  (read more)

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30 Responses to Seriously Dofuses? – Time Warner Bans Semi-Auto Gun Advertisments – What About The Programming Content?

  1. yadent says:

    Like I said earlier, it appears that ‘Sandy Hook’ accomplished what ‘Fast and Furious’ didn’t….


    • brutalhonesty says:

      its a video a man open carry an “assault rifle” and a glock on his side at a jc penny. totally legal. oh and apparently going viral now means getting 100 comments.


    • lovemygirl says:

      That reminds me of when I first went to college and a friend from Utah was going to carry a handgun into a bank as we opened our accounts. He said they did it all the time back home, but I explained “while I don’t know the laws here, I think it might be better if you left it home before finding out”.


  2. PatriotUSA says:

    Only this type of stupid can come from liberal progressives who truly suffer from cognitive dissonance and their way must be enforced on all of us.


    • howie says:

      “It might be 50 years before the United States gets to where Britain is today. Passing a law like the assault weapon ban is a symbolic–purely symbolic–move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”
      Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, April 5, 1996

      “The only way to discourage the gun culture is to remove the guns from the hands and shoulders of people who are not in the law enforcement business.”
      New York Times, September 24, 1975

      “There is no reason for anyone in this country, anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun. I used to think handguns could be controlled by laws about registration, by laws requiring waiting periods for purchasers, by laws making sellers check out the past of buyers. I now think the only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.”
      Michael Gartner former president of NBC News
      Source: Glut of Guns: What Can We Do About Them?, USA Today, Jan. 16, 1992, at 9A
      The quote is often attributed to Bill Clinton while signing the Brady Bill in 1993.


  3. lovemygirl says:

    Well, I was switching to internet TV and rabbit ears at the end of the month anyways. 😉 Also Internet phone with Ooma, I’ll let you know if it is better or worse than my previous provider.


  4. Carl says:

    It will be interesting to see if they actually go through with this. How many movie advertisements do you see on cable that include semiautomatic (or even fully automatic) weapons, that should now be banned by Time Warner. The Last Stand? Bullet to the Head? Broken City? Hint – Bullet to the Head is a Time Warner film.


  5. Chip Bennett says:

    Hmm, we have TWC now. I wonder if I should document the instances in which I see such imagery in the actual content they broadcast, and then complain that their broadcasting content is violating their advertising policy?


  6. howie says:

    How can I avoid anything Time/Warner?


  7. brocahontas says:

    How do you know what shows will have a naked gun being brandished…..gasp! We lst have a new rating system!


    • howie says:

      “The NRA is bound and determined not to allow the Brady Bill to be enacted. And they’re a fearsome opponent. They see this as `threshold’ legislation. Because they realize if we get the Brady Bill to President Clinton and he signs it into law, then the door will be wide open for further gun control legislation. Of course, we hope that’s true because, as you know, our campaign to enact a National Gun Policy to combat gun violence doesn’t end with the Brady Bill – it just begins.”
      Sarah Brady HCI newsletter, Spring 1993

      Join NRA Now.


  8. michellc says:

    I guess folks will have to talk with their wallets.

    I wonder if they payed any attention to all the gun owners today including many who were first time gun buyers?


  9. howie says:

    “This [Second Amendment] may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. In England, the people have been disarmed, generally, under the specious pretext of preserving the game: a never failing lure to bring over the landed aristocracy to support any measure, under that mask, though calculated for very different purposes. True it is, their bill of rights seems at first view to counteract this policy: but the right of bearing arms is confined to protestants, and the words suitable to their condition and degree, have been interpreted to authorise the prohibition of keeping a gun or other engine for the destruction of game, to any farmer, or inferior tradesman, or other person not qualified to kill game. So that not one man in five hundred can keep a gun in his house without being subject to a penalty.”
    Saint George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries (1803), Volume 1, Appendix, Note D [Section 12: Restraints on Powers of Congress.]


  10. akathesob says:

    Seems we have really gone off the deep end…


  11. crossthread42 says:

    Time to dump TWC here, (I live in ILM, just dwon the road from this gun shop,,,, Just finding another decent IP Provider will be troublesome..


    • griz1234 says:

      If there aren’t decent alternatives for broadband internet, at least get rid of any phone or TV service you have with them, and let them know why. Then, keep your eyes open for other deals in your area… If nothing else, you can call them up (even if you have no intention of getting rid of them) and mention finding a better deal and asking if they can lower your rate… Even if you get nothing, the rep will get a “retention” bonus for “preventing” a potential lost customer.


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