Facebook plans to enact a policy that will block minors from seeing posts for gun sales.
If children are that young and impressionable to the point of being so easily traumatized, what are they doing on Facebook in the first place?
In a USA Today article covering the announcement, the chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns said, “On the same site that people are sharing birthday parties and family reunions, there are photos of AK-47’s.”
There are probably just as many photographs of teens getting drunk if one digs deep enough and accounts are notorious of errant spouses utilizing this revolutionary communications technology to abet adultery.
There are valid arguments made from both positions as to the propriety of gun sales facilitated over social networks.
But what is the big fuss over a gun picture?
Online, those guns are probably about as real as the bosoms of the scantily clad models attempting to entice you to click on links for a wide variety of products and services.
Perhaps the most appropriate advice is adapted from the moral libertines any time a parent or even a concerned citizen raises a reservation about the amount of exposed flesh or non-marital boudoir frolicking depicted in the contemporary media.
If you don’t like to look at pictures of guns, don’t look at them.
By Frederick Meekins