For Immediate Release
Facebook’s Sloppy Gun Handling Policy Is Reckless and Dangerous
May 2, 2017 / Northridge, CA — According to technology innovator, Teksilon, the management team at Facebook apparently doesn’t understand or care much about the need for Americans to defend themselves. In fact, as far as they’re concerned, Facebook’s sloppy handling of ad control over firearms-related products is reckless and dangerous.
At Teksilon, we know a thing or two about safe gun handling,” said Jakob Kishon, Teksilon founder and inventor. “That’s why we’re developing one of the safest pistol training systems that will hit the market. It’s called iPTS, the interactive Pistol Training System, that includes a multi-sensor training pistol that uses no ammunition, that works with a smartphone and tablet app and interactive targets. Facebook believes that the promotion of our system on Facebook will encourage more Americans to purchase firearms and as a result are now blocking any attempt on our part to run Facebook ad campaigns on the site.”
Let’s leave aside the absurd notion that an electronic and wireless devices that uses no ammunition encourages the sale of ammunition,” Kishon continued, “Let’s also put aside whether every violent crime in America – terrorist attack, home invasion, store hold-up, accounts of rape, murder and assault, often featured or played out on Facebook, does so much more to incentivize Americans to purchase firearms than any post of ours that seeks only to help educate Americans on the proper and safe handling of their firearms that they already own.”
iPTS, Kishon and his team argue, was designed to promote safe handling of pistols to gun owners who wish to practice their skills, so they can be prepared to protect and defend themselves, their loved ones and their homes.
“One of the reasons we designed the iPTS training system in the way that we did,” said Kishon, “is that we wanted to come up with a much safer way for people to learn and to practice their skills to make them safer, more responsible gun owners. The most common way current gun owners practice their skills is through dry-fire using a real firearm. Unfortunately, with dry-fire there is still a risk of an accidental discharge if a pistol’s magazine hasn’t been removed or if the shooter fails to check and clear the chamber of any remnant round of ammunition. With the iPTS system, there’s never a chance of that happening because the system doesn’t use ammunition at all.”
On April 15, 2017, Teksilon launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and funds to bring the iPTS to consumers. For several weeks, previously approved Facebook ads boosted several of the posts and videos created by the administrators of the interactive Pistol Training System’s Facebook page. Those Facebook ads reached tens of thousands of Facebook subscribers who also have an interest in firearms training and an interest in defending themselves — the vast majority of whom have responded positively and enthusiastically.
It is clear, despite explanations to the contrary, that unfortunately, Facebook management believes Teksilon is developing a weapon system that is as dangerous as “knives, daggers, swords, arrows, knuckle dusters, and nunchucks”. Keep in mind that many gun manufacturers maintain Facebook Pages and actively display their wares and traffic to those Facebook pages certainly helps Facebook’s overall revenue model. This form of promotion is acceptable. Promoting a training pistol that is NOT a firearm, uses no ammunition, and is no different from a laser tag pistol and is in fact, safer than a child’s water pistol somehow violates Facebook’s advertising standards.
It should also be clear, and disturbing, to many law-abiding American gun owners, that Facebook’s ad policy immediately categorizes legal firearms products, that are the Constitutional right of Americans to own, with devices that have been banned by many states, like nunchucks. Does Facebook management really believe that lawful gun-owning Americans only purchase firearms because they have an intent to violate the law, perpetrate crimes or indiscriminately harm their neighbors? Does their sloppy ad policy on firearms shield them from more openly articulating this slanted, biased and politically-motivated position? Is their sloppy gun policy on advertising firearms even more irresponsible and reckless?
“One of the other driving reasons behind the development of the iPTS,” Kishon added, “is that we saw a need, especially for women, to be prepared and confident in handling a real firearm should they ever be confronted with a situation where their lives and the lives of those they love may be threatened. We adamantly believe that developing a training system to achieve that confidence and responsible gun handling ability is a good thing to do and that Facebook management would likewise want to do something to help diminish the numbers of needless victims of violent crime. Women and others should understand that a safe gun handling training system is being developed for them so they can confidently defend themselves rather than be made victims. Apparently, Facebook would rather they be kept in the dark.”
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