Campaign raises awareness about the dangers of celebratory gunfire

Celebratory gunfire is a Lebanese tradition that should be left behind. Every year, many people die because of it. Whether it’s at a wedding, a graduation party, or on New Year’s Eve, celebratory gunfire takes place everywhere in Lebanon and at any time of the year. In fact, there are

strict punishments against celebratory shooting in Lebanon. 

Unfortunately, the laws are not being strictly enforced. The Lebanese NGO

Permanent Peace Movement

(PPM) took the matter into its own hands. PPM was founded in 1989 by a group of university students who lived in a war-torn Lebanon. According to

sources

, they believe that “one should resort to non-violent means and never to violence.” Recently, PPM created a fake company called

Eleguns

that provides celebratory shooting services at weddings. Eleguns took part in the largest wedding fair in Lebanon which is the “Wedding Folies” at Biel. The company advertised its services to young couples. The customers can choose their shooter, the costume, and even the type of gun that is going to be used. People had different reactions to Eleguns. Some couples wanted to hire a shooter to make their wedding special, while others were against it. After presenting the services of the company, the representatives of Eleguns made the customers aware of the dangers of celebratory gunfire that took away the lives of many people in Lebanon including children. The clients were asked to sign a pledge and vow not to shoot at their weddings because the real cost of gun services can be the lives of their loved ones. Vow to host a #GunFreeWedding, and sign the pledge

here

.