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Friday, February 3, 2012

How do Breast Cancer Awareness and guns go together?

Just when you think you've seen it all, something else occurs to raise your eyebrows and your hackles. As we all know if we have been attention at all to the news, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has come under scrutiny and criticism for withdrawing funds from Planned Parenthood for Breast Cancer screenings. I object. Many poor women can't afford to get screenings anywhere else. These are mostly offered for little or no cost to the women who get them. This is a good thing. But the far right extremists just hate Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions- only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions for women. The rest is providing other medical services for women and in a lot of cases, young women. Thank goodness there is a place where services are available. Birth control for one thing, is very important. But, of course, there is an attack on birth control as well.
That’s why women overwhelmingly support birth control.  Indeed, contraceptive use is nearly universal: 99 percent of women 15-44 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse with a male have used at least one contraceptive method.  The overwhelming majority of sexually active women of all religious denominations who do not want to become pregnant are using a contraceptive method. 
Refusal clauses fly in the face of women’s needs, scientific evidence, and medical standards of care.  Refusal clauses undermine and ignore the personalized decisions that all people make about their health.
If men had uteri and ovaries, we wouldn't be having these discussions. Women and women's health are under attack by the far right. It's disgusting and a dangerous and concerning slippery slope.

But to add insult to injury, now the Susan G. Komen Foundation has teamed up with a gun company to sell cute pink pistols to women in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is almost a parody. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. Here is the ad for the gun. From the ad:
Discount Gun Sales is proud to team up with the Susan B. Koman Foundation to offer the Walther P-22 Hope Edition in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of each P-22 Hope Edition will be donated to the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The P-22 Hope Edition has an exclusive DuraCoat Pink slide in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Utilizing the same reliable controls and firing mechanism that has made the Walther P-22 America’s top selling handgun, the Hope Edition will be a limited production pistol offered exclusively through Discount Gun Sales.
The Hope Edition? You've got to be kidding me. What hope is there in buying a gun? Women are more likely to be killed by that gun than using it for self defense. And if someone can tell me what a gun has to do with breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, please speak up. I thought so. No one can explain this one. Except to say- follow the money. Who will benefit? Mostly the gun website but apparently a Seattle area Komen Foundation chapter will get some money from those women who are silly enough to buy one of these guns to support breast cancer awareness. This Huffington Post article sheds some new light on the issue. No one is commenting nor are they saying whether or not it is true. Yes, the gun website does misspell Komen as "Koman". Did the gun website fabricate this? If so, why? How can you make something like this up? If that is the case, there is another problem to explore. But if it is true that their is a link between the Komen Foundation and this sale of pink pistols, women should look quite carefully at what it means. Does the gun lobby even insert itself into breast cancer campaigns now? I am on the Board of several non-profit organizations. If this ever came up for consideration, more than a few board members would object strenuously. Where is common sense?

And the latest news is that the Komen Foundation has changed its' mind and will restore the funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. I don't think that will be enough to restore complete faith in an organization that made a politically motivated decision by people who should have known better. But when ideologues get involved in non political campaigns, they inject their own views where they shouldn't be. In this case, it backfired almost catastrophically for them. I submit that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has done itself and its' image serious damage. Will it now reject the attempts of the gun lobby to interject its' agenda into a place where they have no business?

UPDATE TO POST;

When contacted by someone at the Brady Campaign, the Susan G. Komen Foundation claims that it knows nothing about this gun website and selling pink pistols for Breast Cancer Awareness. So now the question remains as to how this information got onto the website of discount gun website in the first place. And the latest is that when I click on the link to the site, it is no longer available. It is getting more and more interesting.

UPDATE #2- The website for the Walther 22 pink handgun is back up and it clearly states that they are teaming with the Komen Foundation. What is going on? Who is lying here? http://www.discountgunsales.com/walther-p-22-hope-edition-34-pr-5575.html

UPDATE #3- The gun discount website with the ad for the pink pistol is back down again. Perhaps the pressure was too much. This gun company has some answering to do if it's true that Susan G. Komen did not give them authority to sell guns using their name.  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57371441-503544/susan-g-komen-denies-partnership-with-gun-retailer/

UPDATE #4- The website is still up- http://www.discountgunsales.com/walther-p-22-hope-edition-34-c-720-p-1-pr-5575.html- Huffington Post reports that the site is down. I guess they are wrong.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/03/susan-g-komen-planned-parenthood-handgun_n_1252448.html

12 comments:

  1. To be honest the sale of pink items seems silly to me. If I want to donate I will directly I dont need a pink item to show I donated. That said you might also want to start complaining about federal ammunition making pink shotgun shells too

    http://pc.gunbroker.com/Images/FED_TGL12P8.jpg

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  2. The P22 is a great training gun - I'd like a few more for classes and would even buy this one - but that price is fairly high compared to what you can buy it for from local dealers.
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  3. japete writes: "When contacted by someone at the Brady Campaign, the Susan G. Komen Foundation claims that it knows nothing about this gun website and selling pink pistols for Breast Cancer Awareness. So now the question remains as to how this information got onto the website of discount gun website in the first place"

    This might be nothing more than the dealer agreeing to donate a certain $$ or % of the purchase on his/her own to the Susan B. Komen foundation -- or a deal with the local Seattle chapter - doesn't necessarily have to be an official relationship (though the posting from the dealer makes it appear to be an official relationship)

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    1. No Bryan- the Seattle Chapter says they have no idea what this is about. Either they are lying or the gun company is doing something they shouldn't be doing in order to sell guns. I suspect the latter but I could be proven wrong yet. More to come on this one. It's a cynical ploy to sell guns if the company didn't even contact Susan G. Komen ( they corrected their misspelling- they first had Susan B. Koman on the site) and reposted the ad. I say they are flaunting this and know what a fuss they are creating. If gun companies have to be dishonest to sell their guns, then they must be desperate or they have no credibility.

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  4. My wife was held at gun point and assaulted. I guess you would rather see a female victim of sexual assault rather than a female that defends herself with a firearm. Your argument supports the eternal victim status of defenseless women compared to empowering women by supporting their right to bear arms.

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    1. I didn't say anything of the sort. Are you putting words in my mouth? ( or my computer)

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  5. So you oppose someone selling a legal product and using a portion of the proceeds to help women in the fight against breast cancer? Remember how you like to say that certain things the pro-rights supporters say or do make us "look bad?" Pot, meet kettle.

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    1. Here's the deal. The Komen Foundation denies knowing anything about this. The website is apparently making a false claim to be teamed with the Komen Foundation to sell these guns. Someone is lying. What I oppose is using a cause like a supposedly life affirming and life saving one such as the Komen Foundation- giving money to research for Breast Cancer and a cure- selling a product that actually takes the lives of many women. And using the Foundation to get women to buy cute little pink guns is disingenuous. Are you trying to put words in my mouth? Please don't try. It won't work.

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  6. Oh- and another article about gun groups raising money for the Komen Foundation- http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/02/yesterday_runni.php

    It appears that this has been going on for several years now. I guess maybe the Komen Foundation is aware since money has been raised and purportedly sent to the organization.

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  7. How can an organization claim to be "pro-life" when they are simultaneously denying breast cancer screening support AND supporting the sale of a lethal weapon? Hypocrisy! Greed! Komen is one foundation I won't be supporting any longer.

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    1. This is a .22 caliber target pistol with a 10 round capacity, something that you guys claim to be okay with. You know, the whole "hunting and target shooting" that would never be infringed by your proposed "common sense" and "reasonable" gun laws. Or are your true colors showing here?

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    2. Did I say anything about infringing on hunting and shooting?

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