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January 16, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
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Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past month, the issue of gun control has been raging on, not only in the United States but also worldwide. The December 14th Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has sparked an extensive gun control debate across the globe.

This political issue is strongly tied to emotions; therefore, it is no surprise that during the past month words like “gun,” “shooting” and “death” have been taboo. Despite the overwhelming international gun debates, German designer Philipp Plein has proved to be out of touch with the world’s issues.

Plein recently hosted a fashion show in Milan revealing his fall 2013 mensware collection. This show, just a month after the Sandy Hook massacre, was insensitive to the worldwide issue of gun control. The show revolved around everything violent, featuring gun holding, gas mask wearing, war-painted male models. These same models were tatted with intense phrases like “Only kill for real love,” depicting Philipp Plein as an oblivious, thoughtless outsider.

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Perhaps Plein has indeed been living under a rock for the past month, but it is no excuse for his inappropriate gun-themed fashion show. Guns and violence is a sore subject across the globe and Plein’s ignorance has isolated him as a heart-less outsider to the world’s most critical issues.

While Plein is using guns and violence to promote his new mensware fall collection, mothers and fathers of Sandy Hook Elementary victims are fighting against the inclusion of guns and violence in the world’s media. The more we are exposed to guns as a some sort of fashion “accessory,” the farther we move from achieving a peaceful world.

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