LSC Poster, Letter in Poor TasteAfter reading the letter from Scott D. Centurino, the Lecture Series Committee chairman, ["LSC Poster Used Toy Guns," Sept. 24], I have a number of facts to present:
No person, including range officers at the MIT indoor range, was able to tell that the women holding guns in the LSC poster were fake. If this is true, how could Centurino assume that people with little or no gun handling experience know that the guns were not real? (If a disclaimer had been written at the bottom at the poster, then we all would have known that they were "cheap plastic toys."
It is the right of LSC to be able to show any movie they wish, such as the very violent La Femme Nikita, but I feel that it was in poor taste for LSC to glorify gun violence in their poster by using it as a "gimmicky" way to attract people to join their organization.
Although it is a felony in Massachusetts to carry a firearm on a college campus as Centurino says, it would be difficult for anyone to identify the location at which his poster's picture was taken, whether on campus or not.
People who commit robberies using toy guns are charged with armed robbery. In fact, people are killed every year when handling a toy gun in an incorrect manner such that people, quite often police officers, are unable to tell that they are fake guns.
I hope that in the future anyone who wishes to hang pictures of people "holding guns" will realize that if the police, who deal with guns every day, cannot distinguish the toy ones from the real ones, then the average citizen, looking at a picture will not be able to either.
By the way, I found it in extremely poor taste, in fact libelous, for The Tech to put the cartoon depicting the National Rifle Association as condoners of violence in that same issue as Centurino's letter. I thought you of The Tech were above the bias of the ordinary media. If you knew what the NRA was truly about and how hard they are fighting to have people convicted of felonies using a firearm to remain in prison for longer periods of time, then you would have thought twice before extracting that cartoon from the Daytona Beach News-Journal and republishing it.
Deborah A. Fonda