US newspaper apologizes for posting gun show ad next to Newtown school shooting

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 07:20 hrs

An American media group has issued an apology after one of its newspapers ran an ad for an antique gun show next to an article about the Newtown school shooting.

A statement released by Connecticut-based Hearst Connecticut Media Group's Publisher Paul Farrell, said the ad's placement in The Advocate of Stamford was the result of an oversight.

"Our newspapers should not be running gun ads, including ads for antique and collectible gun shows, next to stories about Sandy Hook. It's insensitive, and it shouldn't have happened," the firm said in the statement referring to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

According to ABC News, the ad for the East Coast Fine Arms Show appeared beside an article about students at the school.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 20 first-graders and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook on December 14.

He also killed his mother on the morning of the rampage and committed suicide as police arrived. (ANI)

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