Changing up the narrative from the NRA selling guns.
A controversial billboard targeting the National Rifle Association (NRA) is drawing fierce criticism and some praise from locals. The billboard accuses the NRA of being a “terrorist’s organization”.
The billboard that sits off W Street in Escambia County has already caught the eye of many people and what it says has drivers doing a double take to read it.
“I’m offended by it and I think it’s just ignorance,” said Rick Bankston.
“I agree with that billboard, yeah,” said Amanda Hutchinson.
The message on the billboard comes weeks after a former student killed 17 people with a military style weapon at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.
Amanda Hutchinson has been a gun owner her whole adult life. She wasn’t surprised to see it. She feels there needs to be stricter policies and regulations for military weapons.
“I’m an Army brat, nobody needs a military weapon, nobody. If you’re hunting with a military weapon you’re not a hunter,” Hutchinson explained.
Rick Bankston feels different about it.
“An NRA person could be the one that saves your life one day,” said Bankston.
Bankston has owned Buck and Bass in Pensacola for more than 30 years. He said the message is distasteful.
“I’m in the NRA, most of the people in here are NRA members, we go to church, we got families, we’re not terrorists,” mentioned Bankston.