It has been a week since the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of 17 innocent victims and injured 14 others. Instead of the mainstream liberal media honoring the lives of those that lost were violently gunned down they have decided to jump on their soapbox and lecture the American people on gun control. While many on the left are clamoring to infringe on our gun rights the pushback from law-abiding gun owners has slowed any potential traction, which has these gun-grabbing liberals concocting a sneaky plan to undermine the Second Amendment and halt you from purchasing guns at all.
After a string of gun violence in the last several months, the left has been doing all that they can to further their gun control agenda by playing on emotions of weary Americans racked with grief. To sway the public’s perception, these gun-grabbing liberals are claiming that the only way to protect the population and protect our children is more government control and to ban inanimate objects. However, not everyone is buying it, but that has not stopped them, and now these leftist are going one step further by proposing credit card companies stop payment on gun purchases.
Yep, you read that correctly.
In an article found in the ultra-left wing publication, The New York Times, the author suggests that to combat gun violence in America is to pressure credit card companies from allowing people to use their product to buy guns. Now, this is not a new idea in the liberal sewage think tank as companies such as PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay have already announced years ago that they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms.
A spokesperson for Square said at the time, “We do not believe permitting the sale of firearms on our platform is consistent with our values or in the best interests of our customers,”
And, now it is their right to decide what to do as a company it does drop us into murky waters on how the American people will proceed in the future when purchasing firearms.
Here is more from the ultra-left publication The New York Times:
What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?
Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker. And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand.
PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay announced years ago that they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms.
“We do not believe permitting the sale of firearms on our platform is consistent with our values or in the best interests of our customers,” a spokesman for Square told me.
The big financial firms don’t even have to go that far.
For example, Visa, which published a 71-page paper in 2016 espousing its “corporate responsibility,” could easily change its terms of service to say that it won’t do business with retailers that sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which make semiautomatic rifles fire faster. (Even the National Rifle Association has said it would support tighter restrictions on bump stocks.)
If Mastercard were to do the same, assault weapons would be eliminated from virtually every firearms store in America because otherwise the sellers would be cut off from the credit card system.
There is a precedent for credit card issuers to ban the purchase of completely legal products. Just this month, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America banned the use of their cards to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
To be clear: Those three banks won’t let you use your credit card to buy Bitcoin, but they will happily let you use it to buy an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle — the same kind of gun used in mass shootings in Parkland; Newtown, Conn.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Las Vegas; and Sutherland Springs, Tex.
Visa, oddly enough, is the card of choice of the N.R.A.: There is actually an N.R.A.-branded Visa card issued by First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha. And Mastercard proudly announced last year that it was the branded card for Cabela’s, an outdoor gear megastore with a seemingly limitless assault-weapon catalog.
Visa spokesmen did not reply to several emails seeking comment. A spokesman for Mastercard sent a boilerplate statement that expressed “disgust with recent events, including last week in Florida.”
Now, if these credit card owners so happened to move forward with this idea, it will not stop the sale of guns in the future. In fact, it will only push more Americans to purchase their weapons with cash which many people would instead use in the first place, right?
At any rate, the left will not stop finding whatever ways they can to undermine Trump and our Second Amendment rights even if that means employing sneaky methods, which as we know is the liberal way in the first place. The left is hellbent on punishing legal gun owners for the horrific actions of others, and it is the time that we let them know enough is enough.