The Charleston Post & Courier issued an apology after an advert for a gun range was posted on the front page of their paper, just above a headline about Wednesday’s church shooting in the city.
The newspaper made the mistake for Thursday’s edition, and it was quickly noticed and commented on across social media. You can check out the inappropriately placed advertisement on the front of Charleston’s Post & Courier below.
Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today. pic.twitter.com/GyAW4EcKF1
— Jonathan A. Neufeld (@jneuf) June 18, 2015
After the image started to go viral, the Post & Courier took to Facebook to issue an apology for the mistake.
As they were being repeatedly criticized on social media, the company’s Facebook account wrote, “The front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspaper on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended.”
Dylann Roof was arrested earlier on Thursday in connection with the tragedy, which occurred at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The names of the nine individuals who were killed in the shooting have also been released by the Charleston County coroner, via the Post & Courier.
They have been named as 54-year-old Cynthia Hurd, 87-year-old Susie Jackson, 70-year-old Ethel Lance, 49-year-old Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 41-year-old Honoroble Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, 74-year-old Rev. Daniel Simmons, 45-year-old Rev. Shardona Singleton, and 59-year-old Myra Thompson.
U.S. President Barack Obama has since released a short statement regarding the tragedy, and at the same time he managed to invigorate a debate on gun violence in the United States.
“I’ve had to make statements like this too many time. At some point we as country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other developed countries.”
CBS’s Mark Knoller has estimated that this is the 14th time that President Obama has made a statement following a shooting.
By my count, this will be at least the 14th time Pres Obama has made a statement on a shooting attack.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 18, 2015
[Image via Daily Mail]