Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic Obama “HOPE” image, recently equated America's obsession with assault weapons and high capacity magazines to Satan.
His new poster, titled “God Saves & Satan Invests,” shows an AR15 assault rifle with the words: “America – The Land Where God Saves & Satan Invests In Assault Weapons And High Capacity Magazines”.
The print also includes an image of a white Dove with a target on it. The word “Obey” is written at the top.
Fairey says he plans to sell the prints for $150 a piece, with some of the profits going to a “common sense gun law advocacy group.”
Fairey wrote on his blog that the print was “inspired by the multiple school and mass shootings that have occurred in recent months. I’m not a big fan of the absurd abundance of guns in the U.S…. I’m also perplexed by the claim of much of the nation to have ‘Christian values.’ If God tells us to love our neighbor and not to take another human life, where do the assault weapons and piles of ammo fit into these ‘Christian values’?”
“I’m not religious, and the text in this print is designed more to illustrate the hypocrisy and contrast between ‘values’ and actions in this country than to make a religious statement."
“Anyway, if you claim to dig God, lay off of Satan’s tools… if you don’t believe in God, lay off of Satan’s tools! We live in statistically the safest time in human history, so the idea one would need an assault weapon for self defense is ridiculous," writes Fairey.
“I grew up in South Carolina hunting with my dad and we always had shotguns in the house,” Fairley writes. “I was taught to honor and value human life. Also, the shotguns used for hunting were required by law for duck hunting, to only hold three shells at a time. The idea was that it was excessive to shoot more than three times at a bird. No one needs a gun that shoots 10, 20, 50 rounds.”