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NRA creates new “concealed carry” hoodie

The NRA's new "concealed carry" hooded sweatshirt

The NRA's new "concealed carry" hooded sweatshirt

Earlier today we posted an item about how “Neighborhood Watch,” a movie filmed in Atlanta last year, is pulling promotional ads. Although the Ben Stiller flick has nothing whatsoever to do with the case of a Florida teen shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain, the studio, acting in an abundance of caution, sought to scotch any possible hint of a connection.

On the other hand, the National Rifle Association has come out with a new “concealed carry” hooded sweatshirt.

“We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around,” reads the product description. “It’s the only garment of its kind we know of! Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets.”

The description does not mention the Florida shooting case in any way, but the item, featured under the NRA’s “new” products, has caught the attention of pundits. The Mediaite site has a piece on the new NRA gear posted here.

Much has been made of the fact that the late Trayvon Martin had been wearing a hooded sweatshirt, commonly called a “hoodie,” when he was shot. Protests following the incident have sparked something of a “hoodie” movement; On Sunday, for example, Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Raphael G. Warnock wore a Morehouse College hoodie with his gray dress pants. Georgia state Sens. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, and Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, also donned hoodies prior to a protest march in Martin’s memory at the Georgia State Capitol last week.

Meanwhile, Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera has apologized for his remarks linking the garment to Martin’s death.

“I apologize for the language,” Rivera said. “I don’t apologize at all for the substance of my advice. I was trying to save lives.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

9 comments Add your comment

carla roqs

March 28th, 2012
2:02 pm

just what the planet needed? sadness.

Fan of Jennifer Brett

March 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

Thanks for sharing!

My hamburger tastes like goose

March 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

OK…..

Whenever you blog about a celebrity eating dinner somewhere and feel compelled to include the menu items they chose, people often complain that is does not matter and is not news. Your retort is always the same. It’s a celebrity blog and not really related to news. Now, you blog about an NRA hoodie….What the hell does this have to do with celebrities?

Just how dumb do you think we are?

What is your purpose here again?

slim

March 28th, 2012
8:40 pm

Exceedingly bad taste NRA. Seriously?

earl

March 29th, 2012
11:29 am

NRA just wants everyone to own a gun. Then anyone can be law, judge and executioner…while they fill NRA coffers and pay off Florida politicians to pass laws like Stand Your Ground. To the rest of America I can only say: Welcome to the Gunshine State!

gnomeboy

March 29th, 2012
11:35 am

good for them. It’s about time. Now law abiding citizens, with conceal and carry permits, have a new way to carry their LEGALLY obtained guns. I know what I want for Christmas.

Justin Bieberlake

March 29th, 2012
12:16 pm

How the hell is this celebrity news?

Harris

March 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

@Earl…these laws are on the books elsewhere. Opponents in Georgia said it would be the “wild west” when open carry was passed. Still hasn’t happened. Ever think this could be just an idiot (in a state full of idiots) Are we looking to ban knives after the individual claimed “stand your ground” in Miami when he stabbed a robber to death? 8million plus legal gun owners didn’t kill anyone yesterday.

oneofeach4me

March 29th, 2012
2:30 pm

Hmmm seems a little fishy to me. Bascially they are supporting the fact Treyvon was shot because he was wearing a hoodie, which as their product states, could conceal a weapon. Wow. Ridiculous. Why do u need a hoodie to conceal a weapon? Hip holster anyone? Geezzzz