UPDATE: A Komen Foundation representative has claimed that it has no relationship with Discount Gun Sales, the online gun dealer, to sell the pink accented handgun. Spokesperson Andrea Radar, responding to this latest controversy, said, the foundation has “no record of receiving money from this company.” If that’s true, that begs the question about why Komen didn’t shut down sales of this gun? Discount Gun Sales has confirmed they have been selling the gun for at least 2 years and claims that they have stopped taking orders due to their “backlog”. When asked directly about its relationship with Komen, a Discount Gun Sales employee offered a “no comment.”
Listed under the category of WHAT?, the Susan G. Komen Foundation apparently teamed up with an online gun dealer to sell the Walther P22 “Hope Edition” .22 caliber handgun commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yes, I said handgun. For Breast Cancer Awareness. It features a cute little Dura-Coat Komen pink slide and a 10 round magazine. In it’s promotion of the “Hope Edition” handgun, Discount Gun Sales says that “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.” They don’t say what a “portion” means.
This latest uncovered idiocy comes on the heels of the public relations disaster that was this week when the Komen board of directors, egged on by new government relations senior vp and anti-choice zealot Karen Handel, stupidly decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, only to reverse itself after the decision set off a nationwide firestorm of outrage.
We don’t know what genius came up with this idea, but I can imagine it comes from the same cabal that thought that cutting breast cancer screening for poor women during a deep recession was a good idea. But, I have to admit though, after due consideration, that whenever I think of breast cancer awareness, I always think of automatic weapons.
With a pink slide.
If you think, like I do, that it’s time to clean house at the Komen Foundation, call them and tell them. Tell your friends.