Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Guns are OK, Planned Parenthood Is Not (UPDATE)

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More unsettling developments in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure shitshow.

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:

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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.)

Wow.

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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theoracle
theoracle

Hmmmm, I wonder if Scott Roeder used a Pink Pistol to murder Dr. Tiller?

Probably not, but there's still a connection. Roeder killed Tiller over abortion and Komen yanked funding from Planned Parenthood over abortion, both while claiming that they want to save lives.

But, but Komen's action didn't kill people, like Roeder's religion-fueled assassination of Dr. Tiller did. Tell that to all the women who go to Planned Parenthood for their health needs, usually low-income women seeking low-cost health services, cancer screenings and referrals, PAP tests, whatever. Komen pulling their Planned Parenthood funding was like their putting a Pink Pistol to the heads of many of these women and pulling the trigger.

Mamalu923
Mamalu923

Now that the Susan B Komen Walk for the Cure has become political right wing fringe (think stapled tea bags on hats) and will not support Planned Parenthood (just reversed their decision due to outrage of women) ..they and their pink ribbons can go to Hell. Women's health should NEVER be political.

Fuckitall
Fuckitall

wow more nonsense from the female species

912erinutah
912erinutah

At least guns do less killing that Planned Parenthood.

Guest
Guest

I'm a woman, but I'm not into pink. Am I to be discriminated against just because I prefer lilac? Where is my gun?!

Flip
Flip

Yea, because women, of which I am one, are drawn to anything that has pink on it.  We don't care about tools that are good, just want ones that are pink.  Same with guns, we want everything we have to be pink.  We're just so totally ignorant that way!Takes a man to think women are so stupid they would be drawn to something that they otherwise would not have the slightest inkling to want, just because it has pink on it.Barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen is where a woman belongs, right Drew!

Drew
Drew

Pink guns are nothing new. Many companies do this themselves so you don't even have to Duracoat them. It's actually a brilliant marketing strategy that introduces a lot of otherwise uninterested women into firearms. 

OhSusannah63
OhSusannah63

I'm not usually a cynic, but I suspect the huge backlash of media has helped the Komen Foundation to rethink their entire policy, and that's a good thing. I suspect that the very fact that they lost so much money in terms of donations, and goodwill over this debacle is what's precipitating their change of heart.Sadly, the world over people die of  other diseases like MS, Parkinsons,etc. that are so woefully underfunded thanks to the publicity juggernaut that is the Pink Ribbon For the Cure.$1.9 BILLION raised in research for any disease is a huge amount of research and funds to  be allocated. I feel like we're no closer to ending the scourge that is cancer- any kind of cancer.The Komens Foundations, grinds on like a great pink elephant in the room however.To politicize its agenda by making it a right wing Republican cause does nothing to enhance the good work they've done and hopefully do in the future.

John Tiller
John Tiller

 Why the angry pimp charade about Susan G Komen? So they won't provide political cover for Planned Parenthood anymore. This isn't their role and they get zero in return. I don't know any child sex slaves that needs an unreported abortion and needs Susan Komen to keep covering Planned Parenthood's ass a few more times around the blogisphere. These people weren't nearly as upset when Planned Parenthood done slimy stuff this but they are livid now? You''ve come a long way baby. You have sh** for brains if that how far you've come.

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

The last pinkwashed gun was a 9mm, this is a .22...what's next, a Derringer?

Steven W. Thrasher
Steven W. Thrasher

I used to think the worst thing was their buckets of KFC...but a pink branded gun clearly takes it up a notch.

Wknipp
Wknipp

Not true...check your facts plus abortions are still legal.  Keep your politics out of womans reproductive organs.  This is a personal issue and you repubs/convervatives should have no say. 

Drew
Drew

Except I work in a gun store and sell them all the time for this very reason. There are women this stupid. Deal with it. 

Zoee
Zoee

It's scary a woman that stupid would actually have a gun at hand. Marriage makes females lose their intellect.

Zoee
Zoee

Well, you lose Mr woman-hater.  The Komen's just changed their tiny little far right minds.

iamnotsorry
iamnotsorry

John - did you have a point here or were you just streaming words?

scottielover
scottielover

You might want to double check those facts on guns killing more then abortions, One thing is for sure, its an emotionally charged topic. Hate the pain its caused people sometimes years later.I know I work with it daily in the health field. As much as you have a right to your choice, even though its a one sided choice (baby doesn't get to vote), I resent my tax dollars supporting it. How about all those who believe in choice support the abortionist and those that are prolife aren't forced to contribute. Sounds fair to me. My guess is ......the abortionist need our money. Remember PP does minimal if any mammograms. Its vouchers that it gives away...Komen should just give the funds to the hospitals or clinics that do  the exams and eliminate PP altogather. 

912erinutah
912erinutah

Well, I don't have stats for outside the U.S., but in the US, over 800K abortions occur each year (that is without some states contributing their stats).  Approx 80K-90K  deaths each year occur in the U.S.(that includes both homocide and accidental deaths).  the numbers do seem pretty clear...BTW, the statement was non-political.  Simply a statement of fact.  The only thing you can argue is whether or not abortion constitutes killing.

Zoee
Zoee

Yep, especially women under he thumbs of men.

Drew
Drew

And yes women do belong in the kitchen. 

scottielover
scottielover

What? "Marriage makes females lose their intellect" Are you serious? Thats got to be one of the most ridiculous comments I've heard in a long time. 

Tucker55417
Tucker55417

There's a statistic that more women die in child birth.

Drew
Drew

Generalization. Typical response of someone who has no response. 

Drew
Drew

Ahhh name calling. I was hoping we would finally to degenerate to this."Who is it again who is stupid?" That would still be you. As I must point out once more, I never once said women are stupid. I said that there are stupid women. Notice the difference? (probably not). The funny thing about all of this is it's so blatantly obvious how much you've been salivating for the perfect opportunity to disseminate your rehearsed "womens lib" bullshit, that you fail to see your own hypocrisy. I have no registered profile information for this site. I created a temporary account simply to respond to this article and it has nothing other than my name. A completely unisex name. I also have made no reference to my gender. Yet, this somehow didn't stop any of you from making the assumption that I must be a man. Because apparently, a woman is too stupid to ever be able to sell guns, right? Can't hold an actual job. Barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen is where she should be. 

Flip
Flip

Projection much drew?  I said "Takes a man to think women are so stupid they would be drawn to something that they otherwise would not have the slightest inkling to want, just because it has pink on it.

Barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen is where a woman belongs, right Drew! "You said; " There are women this stupid. Deal with it."So, somehow in your mind because I said MEN think Women are stupid, and then you indeed SAID women are stupid, it was I who claimed women were stupid.Who is it again who is stupid????

Zoee
Zoee

Typical gun store clerk mentality.

Drew
Drew

*you are

Drew
Drew

I also didn't say women are stupid. Again, those are your words that are trying to project on me. I said that there are stupid women. 

Drew
Drew

I never once said they needed one to be in the kitchen. You did. But in all honesty, they should be armed in the kitchen. What it they're attacked by the Hamburglar? 

Flip
Flip

Sorry, meant to say "if women belong in the kitchen "then" why do they need a gun?"

Flip
Flip

Hey Drew, if women belong in the kitchen they why do they need a gun?Like how you, a man says women are stupid when you make comments like the above!

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