Hello. My name is Jonathan and I live in a country where people sell guns on Facebook. Before I go any farther, let’s take it easy on Facebook. On January 29th, they made a decision to ban gun sales on Facebook and Instagram. The penalty is you have to take another 30 seconds out of your life to repost whatever you want. There are two guys that volunteer their time to report gun sales posts to Facebook. After Facebook removes these posts, Forbes says 80% of them are reposted anyway.
You know, I understand that there’s bad things out there that would make people want to protect themselves from the bad guys, but listen man, I can’t remember a news article where an AR 15 was used for a good thing. If you want to get a license from the state and go through the proper channels and pack heat like the oven door go for it, but know that comes with a responsibility beyond protecting yourself. You now need to make sure when you dispose of it, it doesn’t get in the wrong hands. That’s about caring for others. If you assist in the trade of gunsyou could be a catalyst in a bad thing.
Recently, Governor Jerry Brown of California passed legislation to require background checks for purchasing ammo, along with a lot more. This is huge in California. Last time I checked, Facebook is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Next time Downtown Jerry Brown decides to ram some laws down people’s throat, how about he clamps down on Facebook.
I’m not against gun owners and I’m not against the NRA but there’s too much going on right now in the world and its so important we don’t make mistakes. When there’s a drought, don’t we have certain times a week where we can water our lawn? When there was a gas shortage, didn’t we have certain times when we could buy gas? When you’ve gone over budget for the month and spent too much money, don’t you not go shopping for new clothes? When there terrorist attacks all over the world, why are we still making it easy to buy guns?
I’m a talkative guy but I was lost for words when I found out the FBI interviewed the Orlando terrorist twice. If the FBI couldn’t ID a terrorist, why do you think you can?
It’s as simple as this: Facebook can easily write an algorithm to delete all gun posts. But If he does that, he will be challenging your first amendment rights as a business owner. He is essentially trading your safety for your freedom of speech. You decide.