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Boston Globe gives readers a full-size gun as row grows over Orlando massacre

By Noel Young | Correspondent

June 17, 2016 | 3 min read

In the wake of the Florida gun massacre, the Boston Globe on Thursday presented its readers with a full-size picture of a semiautomatic rifle of the type used in the Orlando horror.

The New England broadsheet couldn't squeeze the grim picture on to page 1 and instead reverted to a double-page wrap-round.

The two-page wrapround featuring the gun

The gun - delivered to thousands of Boston area homes

The wrap-round was part of a four-page special with the blunt heading: Make It Stop. Alongside the gun was a small black bullet entry hole - "shown actual size." The leader points out that 57 per cent of Americans now support a federal bill to ban assault weapons outright, The Boston Globe, like many U.S. news outlets, is sick, says the Huffington Post of the seemingly endless stream of mass shootings.

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The Globe used the wrap-round device before earlier this year when it printed a spoof front page pretending that Donald Trump had become president. The Globe also tweeted the names of people killed in mass shootings that have taken place since the federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004.

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