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TO NATIONAL, AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:
New Facebook Policy Will Not Do Enough to Prevent Unchecked Gun Sales
According to the Brady Campaign
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "This new policy
is not a victory because Facebook continues to make it too easy for
dangerous people to evade a background check when buying guns. A mere
warning to follow the law and community-based reporting will not do
enough to prevent unchecked gun sales to dangerous people," says
Daniel Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence. "As we and thousands of others have told Facebook,
unlicensed gun sales have no place on the social network. Facebook
should prohibit all posts that advertise the unlicensed sale or
transfer of firearms in the United States. Sadly, it's only a matter
of time before a gun purchased through Facebook without a background
check is used in a terrible tragedy. "
"Facebook and Instagram are great platforms to share opinions,
memories and photos, but they shouldn't be providing opportunities for
criminals to evade background checks and get guns," says Heidi Yewman,
spokesperson for the Million Mom March and Brady Campaign
Chapters. "As a parent, I'm disappointed that an industry leader like
Facebook is way behind on such an important issue involving the safety
and security of us all. I stand with moms across the country and ask
that Facebook and Instagram join Craigslist, Google and eBay and
prohibit unlicensed gun sales."
The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America
that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries.
The Million Mom March, united with the Brady Campaign, is a nationwide
network of grassroots chapters and activists who work to promote
sensible gun laws across the country. The "Million Mom March" rally
was the largest of its kind, uniting mothers across the country on
Mother's Day in 2000 on the National Mall in Washington, DC in order
to promote stronger gun violence prevention measures.
SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
/CONTACT: Jennifer Fuson, 202-370-8128, email@example.com
CO: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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