86: Facebook’s New Name?

Facebook-Gun by kmlsCraigslist and Ebay prohibit the sale of weapons and accessories on their sites.

Facebook does not. It has recently made an effort to crack down on posts attempting to buy or sell guns without a background check. Though it seems this policy is woefully inadequate in light of recent events.

In a statement released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, organization president Dan Gross said, “We are sickened to learn that the Las Vegas shooter attempted to obtain a rifle through Facebook. The post has remained live on Facebook for a month, demonstrating the inadequacy of Facebook’s gun policy. Facebook continues to make it too easy for dangerous people to find guns and should prohibit gun sales outright.”

I don’t do Facebook, primarily because I have a hard enough time making sure my blogs and other online projects stay current. (I also find the format ugly and prefer my friends to be of the tangible variety). But if I had a Facebook page, I would delete it in light of their policy on gun sales. Those of you on Facebook should at least make it known to the powers that be that the policy should change.

So why 86?

That is the number of people who die from gun violence EVERY DAY in the U.S.

Not a good statistic to be associated with by any account.


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