Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Guns are OK, Planned Parenthood Is Not (UPDATE)
The breast cancer advocacy group cut $680,000 in screening grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, saying that the organization could not give money to groups that are under congressional investigation.
(A pro-life pol from Florida recently started a crusade against Planned Parenthood to see whether it uses federal money on abortions. But some have suggested that Komen has wanted to cut ties with the women's health non-profit mainly for political reasons).
But as reproductive rights advocates across the country -- including Mayor Mike Bloomberg -- have lambasted Komen and rallied behind Planned Parenthood to keep lifesaving diagnostics available to low-income patients, details keep emerging that make Komen look downright awful.
Mother Jones reported that Komen hasn't halted $7.5 million in grants to Penn State -- though the university is clearly under federal investigation for a child sex abuse scandal.
And now, this:
Discount Gun Sales, a firearms retailer, "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"(h/t Daily Kos' Scott Wooledge).
The Hope edition, as it turns out, has an "exclusive" DuraCoat Pink slide and appears to be an entirely un-ironic, real thing.
For only $429.99, it looks like, you can defend yourself -- and help prevent breast cancer -- with this modern polymer pistol.
(Of note: The Walther is said to be America's favorite handgun, according to the website.)
Of course, pinkwashing is nothing new, but we want to know you think -- what's the worst thing that's ever been shilled under the pink ribbon label?
[UPDATE: Komen says that it's not affiliated with the pink pistola, and the company selling the weapon has not responded to media calls for comment. Runnin' Scared has reached out to Smith & Wesson, which distributes Walthers exclusively in the U.S., to figure out what the deal is.
Runnin' Scared tracked down a spokesman for Smith & Wesson. He says he has never heard of a "Hope" edition, but has in fact seen that gun before -- and that his company has never marketed anything specifically for breast cancer awareness. Discount Guns refused repeatedly to comment and hung up on this reporter.]
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