By Jueseppi B.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Systrom,
Your platforms unfortunately allow users to buy, sell, and trade firearms without requiring criminal background checks.
Other online platforms including Craigslist, eBay, and Google+ have already prohibited these sales.
I ask that you put an end to this completely unregulated social media gun show and prohibit gun sales from your platforms immediately.
Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers.
Most of these sales and trades can take place without background checks, meaning that there’s no way to stop a Facebook or Instagram user from potentially selling a gun to a felon, a domestic abuser or another dangerous person who would otherwise be prohibited from obtaining a gun.
A Closer Look: End Facebook Gun Sales
Published on Feb 7, 2014
On the heels of Facebook’s 10th anniversary and the “look back” videos that have dominated newsfeeds this week, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released a parody video to take a “closer look” at how Facebook makes it easy for guns to be bought and sold online — without criminal background checks.
SHARE our new video and ask your friends to SIGN our petition asking Facebook and Instagram to enact policies prohibiting gun sales: http://www.DemandAction.org/Facebook
Moms Demand Action Releases Its Take on Facebook Anniversary Videos With a “Closer Look” at Gun Sales on the Social Network
On the heels of Facebook’s 10th anniversary and the “look back” videos that have dominated newsfeeds this week, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released its own riff on the videos to take a “closer look” at how Facebook makes it easy for guns to be bought and sold online – without criminal background checks.
Last week Moms Demand Action launched a campaign to call on Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) to prohibit gun sales and trades on their site. Unlike other online platforms like Craigslist and Google+, Facebook and Instagram allow gun sales and trades – making them unregulated online marketplaces where felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people can easily obtain firearms.
The campaign has shed a light on the vast, unregulated market for private gun sales on the internet. An estimated 6.6 million gun transfers occur every year without a background check, many through online transactions like those initiated via Facebook and Instagram.
In 2011, the City of New York conducted an unprecedented undercover investigation of firearm sales online by determining whether unlicensed sellers advertising guns for sale on the internet are complying with federal law to refuse to sell to people who admit that they could not pass a background check – a disturbing 62 percent of these sellers agreed to sell to buyers who said they probably couldn’t pass a background check.
Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have called on supporters to share memes, post comments on Facebook, and tweet to #EndFacebookGunShows. The petition asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has already received more than 30,000 signatures.
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand