Gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action released a video Friday urging Facebook to ban gun sales on its website.
Riffing on the “Look Back” videos Facebook rolled out recently for its 10th anniversary, the video takes a closer look at how the website facilitates private sales and trades of firearms — usually without a background check.
“enough mags to take out a few presidents # xD,” read one comment on a post offering up a gun for sale.
“I’m also not running a background check ;),” another gun sales post read.
The campaign urges users to send a letter to executives of both Facebook and Instagram asking that they follow the lead of other websites, like Craigslist and eBay, that have banned gun sales from their platforms.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.