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place in the hope of achieving their
aims: corporate America.
Th e tactics on display are multifarious.
In some cases, pressure
is applied against wholly private
actors, such as Salesforce or Dick's
Sporting Goods. In other cases, it is
deployed against big fi nancial players,
such as Bank of America. Occasionally,
it is imposed by politicized
federal agencies, such as the U.S.
Department of Justice. In all cases,
though, the aim is the same: To
achieve via cultural pressure what
cannot be achieved in legislatures,
at the ballot box or in the courts,
and, thereby, to reduce the ability of
the American citizenry to engage in
activities that are not only legal, but
also are explicitly protected by the
U.S. Constitution.
Th us it is that, having established
its product as the most-widely-used
customer relationship management
tool in the world, the tech fi rm
Salesforce summarily announced in
2019 that its systems could no longer
be used to list semi-automatic
fi rearms for sale; therefore, a host of
existing vendors had a simple choice
between acquiescing to the policy
or beginning the extremely costly
process of moving elsewhere. Th is is
how it is at a considerable number
of the most-popular payment-processing
outlets, including Stripe,
Intuit, Square, PayPal and Venmo.
Th ese companies have fl atly refused
to process transactions involving
fi rearms or ammunition (and even,
in PayPal's case, patches depicting
firearms).
At the same time, fi nancial giants,
such as Bank of America and Citigroup,
announced that they will no
longer lend capital to businesses
that manufacture, transport or sell
commonly owned guns, such as
the AR-15. And thus it is that, having
seen this ball start to roll, some
fi nancial analysts, such as Th e New
York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin,
began arguing that, collectively,
major corporations " have more
leverage over the gun industry than
any lawmaker, " and that they should
use that leverage " to take a stand. "
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And here's the scary part: If taken
to their logical conclusion, the tactics
that Sorkin and others envision
would do an enormous amount of
damage to the citizenry's ability to
use their Second Amendment rights.
Left unchecked, the wholesale
corporate rejection of the right to
keep and bear arms would create a
system within which guns could not
be discussed on any of the major
social-media platforms or web
hosts; within which an array of vital
commercial tools-from fi nancing
to raw materials to transportation-would
be withheld from
gun sellers and gun manufacturers;
and within which the customers
of America's most-frequently used
banks and credit-card companies
would be prohibited from using
their own money to purchase the
most-commonly owned fi rearms in
the country.
For now, this remains a " nightmare
scenario. " But, as history
clearly shows, the diff erence
between a nightmare scenario coming
true and a nightmare scenario
being prevented is typically determined
by the willingness of concerned
citizens to show up. Like it
or not, if the Second Amendment
renaissance is to continue, the threat
to the Second Amendment that is
posed via corporate infl uence will
need addressing in earnest.
If the
Second
Amendment
renaissance
is to continue,
the threat from
corporate
infl uence
needs to be
addressed.
How Can Gun Owners
Push Back?
How should gun owners respond?
Well, that depends entirely upon
the details, for there is no one-sizefi
ts-all approach. Our response to
the purely private choices of purely
private companies-such as, say,
Dick's Sporting Goods, which not
only stopped selling AR-type rifl es
back in 2019, but destroyed $5 million
worth of stock-could simply
be to not shop there. Dick's Sporting
Goods has every right to make these
decisions, and, in return, Americans
have every right to go elsewhere for
their goods.
If America's corporations wish
to involve themselves in politics, as
Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Best
Western, Hertz and others did when
they severed ties with the NRA in
2018, that is their prerogative. But
they should expect that other politically
involved people will notice, and
that they will make their own decisions
in turn.
As for the credit-card-payment
processors that refuse to do business
with gun companies, happily,
there are now many products on the
market that cater explicitly to the
fi rearms industry-including Tactical
Payments, Blue Dog, Payment
Cloud, Allied Payments and Rocket
FFL. " Build your own system " has
become something of a punchline
of late, but in this case, it applies
perfectly. If Square, Apple or PayPal
won't process your ammunition
transaction, then someone who likes
you will. Good!
By contrast, our response to
the choices made by the big banks
should be considerably less laissez-faire.
It is one thing for a small
private institution to set rules that
prefer one set of customers over
another, but it is quite another for a
giant, government-backed organization
to do so.
As part of his push, the Times'
Sorkin suggested that " banks like
JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo "
should eff ectively " set new rules for
the sales of guns in America. " Sorkin
is wrong. It would be a disgrace

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