Italian government goes ballistic when gun company arms Michelangelo’s statue of David

The Bible says that David used a sling, not a rifle, and the Italian government is not about to let an Illinois-based arms manufacturer rewrite history.

The Armalite Corporation portrayed Michelangelo’s classic statue of David holding a $3,000 AR-501 rifle in its latest advertisement, which has the Italian Culture Minister sweating bullets, the BBC reported.

“The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign,” said Dario Franceschini.

Italian law protects commercial use of Michelangelo’s “David”, and numerous Italian websites have shown the biblical hero in his new combat mode.

At Florence’s Accademia Gallery, where the early 1500s marble creation stands on display and draws millions of visitors yearly, Director Angelo Tartuferi proclaimed, “The law says that the aesthetic value of the work cannot be distorted, and in this case, not only is the choice in bad taste, but also completely illegal.”

A legal notice has been issued to Armalite, but thus far, there has been no response.

H/T: Fox News

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