Brady Campaign Complains That Facebook’s New Gun Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

March 7 2014
by GSL Staff
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facebookWell, it certainly seems Facebook’s recent announcement about how the social media giant would handle private gun sales on its site is open for interpretation as far as what political groups emerged as winners following the announcement.

Pro gun groups have called the decision by Facebook to educate people on following all local laws for gun sales, as well as possibly restricting gun sale pages and posts to users aged 18+, have called the decision a proper move.

Bloomberg funded groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action have called the decision a major win for their side, despite the fact that those groups likely wanted Facebook to go much further.

Now, another anti-gun group, the Brady Campaign, apparently feels the minor changes made by Facebook don’t go far enough.

According to the Washington Post,

Facebook announced steps this week to crack down on groups using its site to sell guns, including prohibiting them from posting offers that “indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law.”

But some gun safety advocates say the new requirements from the world’s largest social media site do not go far enough.

“We’re not thinking of this as a victory,” said Will Villota, communications director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “The bar has been set by other social platforms like Google+, Craigslist and eBay — they do not allow, will not allow, unlicensed sellers to post guns for sale on their communities. We think Facebook fell short of that bar.”

Wah, wah. The difference, of course, between Facebook and those other platforms is that Facebook does not allow users to complete sales, collect funds or conduct other forms of commerce on their site. How the Brady Campaign proposes that Facebook ban users from arranging real life meetings is absolutely beyond me.

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