An open letter to Scott Sunde from the Seattle PI. Let’s see if I get a reply…
First, read this article: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Komen-said-no-to-Planned-Parenthood-but-yes-to-2990641.php
Here is the email send to Mr. Sunde. There is a reply below from Mr. Sunde as well now.
I read your article on the Susan G. Komen foundation and guns. There are several things in your article that I have a problem with. The first is that women with breast cancer come from all walks of life from house wives to hunters. People that support these women that get breast cancer also come from those same circumstances. But you writing an article that demonizes a pink firearm that gives to the foundation is just as bad as demonizing that pink spatula that you find in your local grocery store. Because I would hope that journalistic integrity is important to you I am positive that if there was a notorious spatula killing your article would have read much differently.
Just because a Walther P-22 was used in the Virginia Tech shootings doesn’t any less demonize the firearm. That is like saying that a majority of accidents on the roadways involve Toyota Camery’s, so it must be the fault of Toyota right? The make and model has nothing to do with actual collision in 99% of the cases out there. Saying that a certain make and model firearm is at fault for a shooting sounds just as silly. Fact is that the human element is the commonality in both of our scenarios. But you leave this part out even though it is the most important part. Why is that? A human being makes decisions to pull out a firearm and use it just as much as a human being makes the decision to merge into another vehicle or run a stop sign. That decision making process is the most important part here, because without an operator, a car just as much as a gun would cease to function.
You also make it sound as if just because the weapon was used at Virginia Tech that SGK Foundation should run screaming from it is also just as silly as the car scenario. Should they, hypothetically, not make a pink Toyota Camery because they are in more collisions then any other car? Or should they do it because the act of one person should not outweigh the benefit to the group.
While I may not entirely agree with how the SGK foundation functions, the fact remains that they do good work in funding research for breast cancer. The ability for anyone, from any walk of life to purchase something that supports a cause that may or may not directly affect them should be a moot point. If someone wants everyone on the range that day to know that they support breast cancer, why should that be taken away from them? Who are you, as a journalist, to judge them for what they want to label and the people that want to support the cause?
I would think that you would be in support of them getting every dollar they can to fight such a horrible disease. While I disagree with them pulling the funding from planned parenthood, I wholeheartedly agree with them making anything pink they can to get as much support as they can for their cause. I am glad you don’t like support a cause. What other causes do you not support?
I really would appreciate a response to this email.
Samuel B. Cadle
So I have now heard back from Scott Sunde at the Seattle PI… Below is his response…
Thanks for your note. I wrote the short story because of the context. The Planned Parenthood controversy. Plus, it was a Seattle company.
I never said firearms are wrong or that the foundation shouldn’t lend its name to them. I own some myself.
Firearms, like abortion, is controversial. And owning a gun or having an abortion is also constitutionally protected.
I mentioned Virginia Tech because I did a search on “Walter P-22” and found that link.
He didn’t use any form of salutation, or even put his name on it. This is the kind of people we call journalists now? He could not even form a proper email, uses grammatically incorrect English and doesn’t even complete a sentence or thought. Just WOW………………..
You throw something in an article because you goggled a Walter P-22 and that is what came up? If I believed everything I read on the web, or took out of context I would never get anything done. The internet is notorious for inaccurate and erroneous information that is totally pointless.
I put a call into Discount Guns for comment and they pointed me to their open letter and had no comment. But it did sound like they have been receiving a lot of calls on the matter because they definitely sounded like their answer has been rehearsed and used many times. Their open letter can be found here: http://www.discountgunsales.com/SGKF.pdf