By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel)Â Gun Wrongs:Â American Marxists have long followed an axiom used by former President Obamaâ€™s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who once intoned, â€œYou never want a serious crisis to go to wasteâ€ because â€œitâ€™s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.â€
That includes, of course, dead children, especially when they are murdered in school (by a crazed former student whom everyone and their sister knew was dangerous, right up to and including the FBI).
After all, witness the Democrat-controlled and inspired anti-gun protests today in Washington, D.C.
As such, the Lefties who run Americaâ€™s social media companies â€” Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter â€” were not about to forget Rahmâ€™s Rule following the most recent mass murder of students at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month.
Champing at the bit for any excuse to gut the Second Amendment, they began censoring gun-related content and the users who posted it, culminating in a total ban this week by YouTube of all gun videos, as a way of prohibiting the â€œsalesâ€ of guns (what if someone wanted to prohibit the sale of advertising to YouTube â€” do you think theyâ€™d be in favor of that limit on commerce?).
YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessoriesâ€¦ Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.
That was preceded by a virtue-signaling decision by sporting goods chain Dickâ€™s, which announced it would stop selling as many guns and repeated its earlier decision to stop selling â€œassault weaponsâ€ at its Field & Stream stores. Execs also said the chain would stop selling high-capacity magazines and would not sell rifles to anyone under the age of 21 (though the military arms eighteen-year-olds every day of the week).
But itâ€™s not just social media sites and chain stores. Now the corporate world of finance wants in on the virtue-signaling. (Related: Now just GOING to the gun range to get safety training makes you a criminal in the eyes of a public school.)
As reported by Zero Hedge, Citibank â€” perhaps acting on the advice of Andrew Ross SorkinÂ of The New York Times â€” is now prohibiting the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who have not yet reached their 21st birthday. In addition, the company will not sanction the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.
Up next: Trumpâ€™s MAGA hats, no doubt, because what a threat they pose to American democracy and security.
Citibankâ€™s rules apply to clients who offer credit cards that are backed by the financial giant or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company, Zero Hedge noted further.
Described as â€œcommon-sense measuresâ€ (yeah, right), these rules are similar to those implemented by other major retailers such as Walmart. But also, they are the boldest move yet from the banking sector.
The gun policy has â€œbeen a while coming,â€ according to Citibank chief executive Michael L. Corbat. Calling himself â€œan avid outdoorsman and responsible gun owner,â€ he admitted that â€œsome will find our policy too strict while others will find it too lenient.â€
How about still others who question its constitutionality? I mean, the Constitutionâ€™s Commerce Clause (Art. 1, Sect. 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the exclusive power to regulate trade and commercial activity within the country, but it says nothing about private corporations taking on the role.
And what about this: What are the Second Amendment implications here? If you canâ€™t buy certain guns or accessories for certain guns, isnâ€™t that an â€œinfringementâ€ on our right to keep and bear all legal arms?
The point is, the fix is in for guns and gun owners. True-blue gun haters are getting what they want and big corporations with their virtue signaling are ingratiating themselves to another segment of the population.
I hate to say it, but Congress needs to step into its role and â€˜regulateâ€™ commerce by forbidding companies from adopting politically correct business practices. Thatâ€™s the only recourse Second Amendment supporters have.
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