Many of our leaders are advising reflection before politicizing the mass shootings in Las Vegas. As in the past, this makes some emotional sense. It is troubling, however that no one ever demands a moratorium on monetizing the tragedy.

Yesterday, Shipton’s ran a full page color ad in The Billings Gazette largely devoted to selling guns and ammo — literally by the bucket and the brick. It is a hopeful sign that Shipton’s has no such ad today. Maybe they have decided to hold off on making blood money. Maybe The Gazette is rejecting gun advertising. I hope so. Unfortunately, gun makers, sellers and advertisers always make huge profits following high-profile killings. Give it a week or so, and greed will probably swamp good taste.

If it is not appropriate to politicize gun deaths, why is it OK to profit from them?

Karl W. Schmiedeskamp

Billings

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