Both Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, announced that they will block posts advertising gun sales without a background check or offering to sell weapons across state lines illegally. The social media giant also said it will block gun sale imagery from minors who use the sites.
The decision came after consultation with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, Sandy Hook Promise, and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the political action committee of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
"Facebook's action today is an important step in cutting down on gun violence in our communities," said former Lieutenant Governor Beyer. "We must make our country safe again by demanding comprehensive background checks, a ban on high capacity magazines and an end to the gun show loophole."
Beyer, who was Lieutenant Governor from 1990 to 1998 and in public service overseas during the first Obama administration, is running for Congress in Virginia's 8th district.
Kate Michelman, president emeritus of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke of Beyer's record on reproductive rights and more. "Don understands that unless women are elevated in every way -- equal pay, health care, education, their reproductive choices -- that our country will be the weaker and the poorer," she said.
Other speakers addressed Beyer's record on women's economic leadership, citing a bilateral project he instituted in Switzerland, his work on behalf of persons with disabilities, and his record as a businessman, including being one of the first auto dealers in the nation to enact paid maternity leave.
Beyer's track record also includes initiatives to stop teen pregnancy, working to break the cycle of child sexual assault, and partnering with George Washington University to assess best corporate practices for attracting and promoting women.