Curtailing Second Amendment freedoms a dangerous business model
Bank of America and Citigroup have each issued announcements saying they will no longer lend to clients who manufacture firearms the banks view as contributing to mass shootings.
B of A, the nation’s second-largest bank, initiated the process of cutting ties with makers of what it considers military-style weapons available for purchase by average Americans after the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida High School. The FBI was warned of the shooter’s desire to kill, but did nothing, according to this report in the New York Times. Is that the fault of the National Rifle Association (NRA)?
A similar banking policy will apply company-wide to Citigroup’s small business, commercial and institutional clients that borrow funds, use banking services or raise capital through the bank. Citigroup is also requiring compliance from business partners that issue co-brand or private label credit cards with the bank.
Those of us who value our Second Amendment and the diligent protections afforded by the NRA can also speak with our feet. Walk away from these banks and also Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo and National car rentals. Fly using airlines other than Delta and United. Symantec, the company that manufactures Norton anti-virus software and owns the identity theft protection company LifeLock, announced it “has stopped its discount program” with the NRA. Ditto Allied and North American van lines. We have the ability to speak as loudly in favor of the NRA, which is being scapegoated by the left in the wake of tragedies committed by the deranged.
Britain has some of the world’s most restrictive gun laws, Gun ownership in the U.K. is considered a privilege, not a right — even their police are unarmed —- but that doesn’t ensure there are no murders. The U.K.’s Guardian reports violent crime has risen, as police record a 10% rise in crime in England and Wales, with an 18% increase in violent crime and major rise in murder rates — including a 20% surge in gun and knife crimes. The official figures also show a 26% rise to 723 in the homicide rate
Knives, heavy objects and vehicles are used to commit homicide. Will the next move of the omnipotent banking institutions and other businesses aligning with Second Amendment restrictionists be the imposition of severe limitations on who can own a vehicle or possess a bookend or kitchen knife?
Silence is acquiescence. We can send a powerful message to the banks by speaking up and moving our accounts to institutions that value our Second Amendment. We can choose who we do business with. We can also join the NRA, a protector of our freedom.