BOYCOTT SUSAN B. KOMEN FOR THE CURE…GO TO CHARITY NAVIGATOR TO DETERMINE WHERE YOUR MONEY CAN DO THE MOST GOOD
Discount Gun Sales has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to offer a pink version of its popular Walther P-22 handgun in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month…. n undisclosed portion from the sale of each Walther P-22 “Hope Edition” will be donated to the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The gun retails for $429.99. The Hope Edition has “an exclusive DuraCoat Pink slide in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month,” according to the promotion.
I’ll own up to being pretty harsh in my assessment of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For an organization that’s done so much good for so many women over the years, they’ve certainly developed a fatal inability to manage their PR. Call it hubris, call it greed, call it complacency…call it what you will, the reality is that for Komen breast cancer is not a cause. It’s business. BIG business. Komen is no longer a charity. Nancy Brinker has created an organization with a bloated, inefficient, and expensive administrative component, and only 80.5% of donor dollars are actually use for the purpose they donated for.
After caving to pressure from Right-wing religious groups and Social Conservatives, you’d think that Komen might want to tread lightly given the self-created maelstrom they find themselves at the center of. I understand that Komen’s endorsement of the Walther P-22 likely was in the works long before last week’s cluster%$#@. Even so, I can’t help but wonder who in their right mind would have thought, for even a fleeting moment, that endorsing a handgun was anything even faintly resembling appropriate.
Komen has, until last week, at least, been an organization unshakably committed to women’s health and the fight against breast cancer. The primary, and arguably only, purpose of a handgun is to kill. So how does an organization allegedly committed to preserving life rationalize endorsing a tool designed solely for dealing death?
As if we need another reason to continue the boycott against Komen….