One U.S. Air Force base in Georgia tried to celebrate the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a poorly thought out event: practice shooting. The event alone would've warranted facepalms, but it was made worse by an accompanying flyer advertising the event. The base has come out to apologize, calling the situation an "honest mistake."  

The flyer promoting the event at the Robins Air Force Base Trap and Skeet Club described it as a "fun shoot" with an illustration of MLK Jr. on it in front of an American flag. MLK, as you may or may not have learned in school, was fatally shot when he was assassinated, making this event distasteful, to say the least. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports an official from the the Outdoor Recreation office blamed the flyer on a marketing team. The official, Leroy Minus, said, "We didn't make the flyer. We squared it away. We got rid of the picture." 

Here's the base's statement:


“We’re deeply sorry for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process. The flyer does not represent the values, opinions or views of the Department of Defense, the Air Force or Robins Air Force Base leadership and its employees.

We realized the inappropriateness of the advertisement several days ago and immediately began removing the flyer. There was no malice of forethought in the flyer’s creation and it was never the base’s intention to portray Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a negative light. It was an honest mistake, to which we’ve personally counseled the parties involved and will provide them with remedial training and appropriate oversight to prevent this sort of inattention from occurring in the future. 

Again, we offer our heartfelt apology to those affected by our thoughtlessness. We hold the legacy of Dr. King in the highest regard.”

The flyer has reportedly been removed.