It's fun book, I think it was his last and I love the opening scene which had me laughing for five minutes.
So, posing with guns! what a socio-geographic concept to be sorely offended by.
In Dallas, Texas, the photos would be considered cool since the population therein is allowed to carry concealed weapons. (Yes, Texas is that crazy.) Then there is Los Angeles, Berkley and San Francisco, If an HR director saw these photos during a background check seeing their potential employees posing enthusiastically with "riot guns" and "nines," they would be unemployable. In West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, they would be considered a welcomed neighbor.
Imagine Somalia or Afghanistan?
This is a cultural issue as well as a geographical one. Australia will have to deal with it but in America it's an issue with 256-shades of gray all depending on your geographical location.
From USA Today:
"...The photo of Monk holding two pump-action shotguns and standing beside D'Arcy, who had a pistol in each hand, in a U.S gun shop spread quickly in social and traditional media Thursday, with Sydney Daily Telegraph taking to Twitter to ask: "Are you offended by this photograph of Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk in a US gun shop?"
Swimming Australia issued a statement saying it became aware of "inappropriate photos" and "instantly contacted the athletes involved to ask for them to be removed..."
[Link]It's my opinion this photos are simply "thug life" satirical poses on their part. They look about as dangerous as a bad actor on a "soap opera." Unfortunately these guys are public figures and when you are a public figure your personality has to be more mythical than factual.