Look folks (fellow posters), it’s really quite simple.
1. Images and words convey messages.
2. Messages have an intended audience and focus but cannot be selectively transmitted to just a few
3. These messages are not to be taken literally.
4. There are many people (nut jobs) who have difficulty understanding these messages and take them literally.
This is not rocket science.
So you all sit in front of your computers playing school yard (they hit me first!) and continue to use imagery that conveys messages you had not intend to convey and then do the tsk tsk thing when the nut jobs really believe you literally meant “Don’t retreat, Instead Reload” or “Lock and Load” or “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
What you say matters. If you don’t believe that then perhaps shouldn’t say anything at all. A little girl is dead and she died because some folks believe it is acceptable to use violence to make a statement or correct a perceived wrong. The binaries can deny any contribution to all they want. But in the dead dark of night when you are all alone and no one is listening, you ask yourself if what you say and how you say it, matters.