Those who dislike guns and advocate a society without them may know of the uber-activist group Everytown. (Imagine PETA but for firearms.)
As the group shares on its website: “Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”
Sounds good, but problems arise when their Twitter quips aren’t quite in keeping with the message…like so:
— Everytown (@Everytown) March 19, 2015
The tweet links to a Washington Post story with the same headline, which argues against women choosing firearms as a form of self-defense to prevent rape. Think that mattered? Probably not.
Why did Everytown think this was the way to drum up a productive conversation on open carry laws and gun culture? Instead of creating open dialogue, they are now stuck defending themselves against hate mail and charges of sexism.
This isn’t the kind of “free publicity” you want on a slow news day.
— Jon Wilcox (@jonnywonton_14) March 19, 2015
As the mother of a college student @Everytown this incredibly offensive, ignorant, and stupid. Who the hell even THINKS like this?!?!
— Heather (@hboulware) March 19, 2015
— Shelby Metter (@SMetter26) March 19, 2015