The latest assault from the gun control advocates is to force their ideas and values on the corporate world. They believe their “common sense” rules should be inculcated into the words “corporate responsibility”. To the gun grabbers, it means not selling guns and not allowing people with guns into their stores, no matter what the laws say because, in their minds, it’s much safer to have gun-free zones. We all know criminals will abide by those rules.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action (a group that hopes to be what MADD is to drunk drivers), Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Americans for Responsible Solutions (Gabby Gifford’s group) are groups hoping to push businesses into banning guns.
Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said company policies are key to the formation of “social norms” that stand as key guidelines for acceptable behavior.
“Corporations have great influence in American society,” Everitt said.
The coalition is demanding Visa sever a business partnership with the NRA, saying the credit giant’s affiliation with the powerful gun lobby is effectively funding opposition to stronger regulations.
The group has collected more than 5,000 signatures from people urging the company to end its “affinity” program with the NRA. A web page run by the Rifle Association tells members that every purchase helps fund NRA programs at no cost to them and says more than $20 million has been raised to date.
“Every corporation draws lines in terms of the types of organizations it partners with,” Everitt said. “By putting your brand on this…you’re calling into question your own brand.”
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam brushed the effort off as part of a futile effort to “stigmatize gun owners and gun ownership.” As evidence of the corporate campaigns’ failure, Arulanandam pointed to upward trends in the numbers of U.S. firearm purchases and gun owners.
Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram were pushed into new policies regarding gun sales. They will block minors from seeing posts about the sales of guns and other regulated items; require pages used for that purpose to include language reminding people of the applicable legal restrictions; and warn sellers they are bound to comply with those laws.
“This was absolutely a huge win,” said Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action, who helped lead an effort pressing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to combat illegal sales over the platforms.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), also praised the action.
Moms Demand Action wrote in a press release that they applaud ‘major moves by Facebook and Instagram to prevent illegal gun sales on their sites.’
The Brady Campaign was less enthusiastic.
Statement from Dan Gross, Heidi Yewman, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
“This new policy is not a victory because Facebook continues to make it too easy for dangerous people to evade a background check when buying guns. A mere warning to follow the law and community-based reporting will not do enough to prevent unchecked gun sales to dangerous people,” says Daniel Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “As we and thousands of others have told Facebook, unlicensed gun sales have no place on the social network. Facebook should prohibit all posts that advertise the unlicensed sale or transfer of firearms in the United States. Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before a gun purchased through Facebook without a background check is used in a terrible tragedy. ”
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America thinks banning guns in Staples nationwide is gun sense because Moms go there to shop for supplies. They have set up a petition to ban people with guns from entering Staples. This too is aimed at legal gun owners.
They are after Dick’s and Walmart for selling what they call “assault-style” weapons. They think they get to determine what is an assault weapon and the weapons they choose to call assault weapons are hunting rifles.
They wrote on their site that the following stores that have caved and set up gun-free zones are: CVS, COSTCO, Peet’s and Starbucks. However, that is not totally accurate. Starbucks requests their customers to not bring guns in but it’s a request not a rule. CVS doesn’t enforce the law.
Their idea of common sense is to ban guns and gun sales except for the few guns they give the okay to and who knows how long they will be okay. Certainly, it won’t stop the criminals.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is well-funded thanks to former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg who has limited the Second Amendment so harshly in the city that it’s almost impossible to have one.
Bloomberg prevented one popular lawmaker from winning office in Illinois with a $4 million donation to her opponent simply because she wanted common sense gun rights. Bloomberg wants universal background checks and registration, and licensing of all guns. He does believe in confiscation.
John Tkazyik, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., claimed he quit the former New York City mayor’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after he realized its objective was outright confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens.
“Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intend[s] to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik wrote in a column in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Mr. Obama and his activists will only stop when the Second Amendment no longer exists or is so watered down as to have little meaning.
Connecticut is a prime example of where this is headed and they aren’t done in Connecticut. People are resisting the oppressive laws in Connecticut. The next step will be confiscation. There are rumors of a letter warning of gun confiscation and while no one has received a letter yet, we all know it’s coming. It is the ultimate goal of gun activists.
Check out an open letter to the American public from veteran SEAL Ben Smith on this link.
Ben Smith, SEAL veteran
How would unconstitutional gun laws have stopped Sandy Hook? Outside of stopping legal gun owners, how does it stop criminals?
If legal gun owners had guns in the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the killer could have been stopped.
Groups that claim they want only “common sense” laws and not banning, but then go about banning them from all public places, are acting in opposition to their claims. They want to “bans” guns, period.
The gun control activists continue to push for harsh anti-gun legislation at all levels of government; they sue gun manufacturers connected to gun crimes even if they follow the law or if they make a mistake; they fund elections for anti-Second Amendment legislators; and run campaigns that blame guns for the crimes people commit. They always claim their only purpose is to stop criminals.
Many of the things they want are universal registration and background checks; draconian restrictions on gun sales; banning of gun sale advertising; abusive taxes on guns and ammo; and gun free zones in public places – both government-owned and private. All of these are aimed at legal gun owners not criminals.
Read more about the corporate invasion by gun control activists at the hill.