A couple of days earlier, social media heavyweight, Facebook and its image sharing wing, Instagram, announced that they will obliterate any posts regarding the purchase of fire arms without any checks.
Alongside this announcement, the company has also decided to filter users below 18 to see these posts. This whole procedure is initiated due to increasing violence amongst the teens and to eradicate the gun culture.
In a statement, Facebook mentioned as, “Facebook is committed to remove the menance of weapons by blocking the gun ads offered by any individual or group”.
This decision by the social media behemoth and its subsidiary might bring in severe criticism and start a debate over its credibility in the wake of a number of killings that took place all over America.
People have raised their concerns about the easy availability of arms which have resulted in a number of causalities in public places, schools, parks and shopping centers. People have demanded the government for a check and balance on the sale and purchase of weapons.
Several American States such as Connecticut and New York came under heavy firing spree a couple of times which resulted in the death of school kids and women. On the contrary, the top weapons right regulators argue that such limitations would be a big problem for authentic gun owners.
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Facebook said its policy change was made in consultation with a number of individuals and organizations, including New York state Attorney General Attorney Eric Schneiderman, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Sandy Hook Promise and Moms Demand Action, which drew attention to loopholes on the Internet that allowed private sales of firearms without background checks.
“Our campaign exposed how simple it is for dangerous people to get their hands on guns, no questions asked – not only on Facebook and Instagram – but across the Internet,” Mayors Against Illegal Guns Chairman John Feinblatt said in a joint statement with Moms Demand Action.
“Unfortunately, the ‘private sale loophole’ allows anonymous parties to sell guns without background checks, and there are simply too many ways for criminals, minors and other prohibited gun purchasers to get them easily – with just the click of a mouse,” he said.
On Wednesday, the NRA accused Mayors Against Illegal Guns of previously trying to inhibit free expression on Facebook.
The groups “tried to pressure Facebook into shutting down discussion of Second Amendment issues on its social media platforms,” said Chris Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
“NRA members and our supporters will continue to have a platform to exercise their First Amendment rights in support of their Second Amendment freedoms.”
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of expression, as well as freedom of religion.
The Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms or solely a state’s right to self-defense has been heavily debated.