When a friend sent me this link, I thought it was a joke. I was wrong.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation, which has found itself in the center of a storm over abortion this week after cutting off Planned Parenthood then reversing their decision, may have just stepped into another emotional policy debate: guns.
A Seattle-area company, Discount Gun Sales, is advertising a “Walther P-22 Hope Edition.”
The company says on its website:
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Discount Gun Sales is proud to team up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to offer the Walther P-22 Hope Edition. A portion of the proceeds for every P-22 Hope Edition sold 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 price is $429.99.
I can just hear Koman Foundation now, “But a legal gun owner does not buy a gun to kill people. They may enjoy going to the target range. They may carry a handgun for protection. It’s purpose is not to kill, but it does happen in extreme circumstances.”
Well, Planned Parenthood was not designed with the sole purpose of being an abortion clinic. It was designed to help women with the entire spectrum of female health-related issues. It’s purpose is not to provide abortions, but rather save lives. And abortion does happen in extreme circumstances.
I am not opposed to owning guns, although I do believe there are types of guns which should not be legal to be owned by an average citizen. I come from a background of family and friends who were hunters (not sport killing), and each and every hunting rifle was carefully stored – unloaded – and locked in a secure closet with the key only available to the adults in the house.
But the hypocrisy is thick with this move.