Controversy sparked after Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate, gave a speech at a gun range on the Second Amendment in Johnston, Iowa, according IJ Review
While Cruz is usually criticized for his strong stance on the Second Amendment, his Saturday speech to the pro-gun group was not what has people furious. Rather, Politico
reports that an Associated Press photo was published after the event that shows Cruz speaking with a pistol aimed at his forehead.
The pistol in the photo is actually a drawing of a gun in an illustration posted on a wall, but from the photo's angle it's as if the gun is pointing right between Cruz's eyes, Politico said.
The AP photo drew a lot of comment and criticism on Twitter:
The AP's vice president and director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement that "the images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light."
IJ Review reports that the AP takes hundreds of photos in a shoot and decides which images to publish or sell to the public.
"Five of the photos published by AP included images of guns seen on a wall in the background so that it appeared a pistol was pointed at Sen. Cruz’s head," Colford said.
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