May 30, 2019 — Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, applauded Salesforce after it was reported the software company would no longer allow retail businesses to use it’s e-commerce services for marketing and selling products if they carry automatic or semi-automatic firearms, along with parts like multi-burst trigger devices, such as bump stocks.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
“This action taken by Salesforce is yet another encouraging sign that the corporate sector recognizes the devastating reality of America’s gun violence crisis and is no longer willing to sit on the sidelines. Salesforce is leading with action and understands the role they can play in keeping extremely lethal weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Every day, over 100 Americans are shot to death. The gun violence crisis has reached a point where every family and every community is feeling its impact. Addressing a problem this big requires leaders in every sector of American life asking what action they can take to make our communities safer. I’m proud to see Salesforce taking this step and hopeful that their decision will inspire other leaders to follow in their footsteps.”
The news today about Salesforce follows the announcement from Dick’s Sporting Goods earlier this year that it would stop selling firearms at 125 of it’s stores, part of a larger trend from the business community to make commitments to gun safety, reflecting the growing call from Americans for commonsense gun reform.
- Washington Post: Tech giant brings software to a gunfight
- CNN: Dick’s Sporting Goods removes guns and ammo from 125 stores
- Fortune: Levi Strauss CEO: Why Business Leaders Need to Take a Stand on Gun Violence
- NPR: One By One, Companies Cut Ties With The NRA
- New York Times: Walmart and Dick’s Raise Minimum Age for Gun Buyers to 21
- Huffington Post: Toms Donates Record $5 Million to End Gun Violence
- ABC News: Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO on decision to no longer sell assault-style rifles: ‘We don’t want to be a part of this story’
- Washington Post: NRA boycott: REI, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, stop selling major outdoor brand with NRA ties
- CNN: L.L. Bean raises minimum age for gun purchases to 21
- Daily News: Kroger is latest U.S. chain to stop selling guns to patrons under 21
- LinkedIn: Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini Address Parkland in Letter to Employees and Donates to the March For Our Lives
- Wall Street Journal: BlackRock, a Shareholder in Gun Makers, Ramps Up Pressure on Gun Industry