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Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has issued an
executive order demanding a trove
of information from any bank that
does business with a gun manufacturer
or dealer.
Alarmed by precisely this sort
of activist-led pressure, several
states have moved to pass laws that
prohibit the extension of government
contracts to companies that
discriminate against the firearms
industry. These rules are welcome,
but they might be even more effective
if they held, instead, that the
state will decline to do business
with any company that discriminates
against the providers of any
legal product.
Recently, the city of Los Angefor
any institution that has been
repeatedly bailed out with public
money to pick and choose which
legal businesses it will accommodate
based upon the political preferences
of its executives. Gun owners-and,
indeed, gun sellers and gun manufacturers-were
among those who
helped save " banks like JPMorgan
Chase and Wells Fargo " when they
were deemed so crucially important
to the system ( " too big to fail " )
that they could not be permitted
to go under.
In the long run, gun owners
would do well to support efforts to
make the issuance of bank charters
or to support enrollment in the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation
(which insures private deposits with
public money) contingent on banks'
willingness to do business with all
recognized legal industries without
fear or favor.
How About Government
Agencies?
As for gun owners' response to the
government attempting to bully
private organizations into doing its
political will-as was done by the
Obama administration with Operation
Choke Point-the response
should be an emphatic " hell, no! "
For those who don't remember,
Operation Choke Point was
a Department of Justice program
Photo: Getty
that sought to discourage private
companies from facilitating legal
transactions of which the Obama
administration happened to disapprove.
It was not the " free market at
work. " It was not " government regulation. "
It was not a " mistake. " It was
government coercion of the worst
possible kind. As Frank Keating of
the American Bankers Association
noted, the Department of Justice was
routinely " asking banks to identify
customers " who were " simply doing
something government officials don't
like " -namely, selling guns-and
then cutting off " those customers'
access to financial services " without
any legal justification whatsoever.
That President Obama sought to
undermine our unalienable rights is
a scandal in and of itself. But that he
sought to do this in secret, by putting
pressure on private companies, is
nearly beyond belief.
And yet, as I write, the Biden
administration is doing something
similar-this time, by discouraging
banks from lending to the coal
industry. In Congress, a Democrat
representative from Virginia
is attempting to force banks and
credit-card companies to share their
customers' private transaction information
with the federal government
if those companies believe that the
information might show " suspicious
activity. " And in New Jersey,
les was reprimanded in court for
demanding that any contractor who
wishes to do business with the city
must disclose its ties to the National
Rifle Association. There is clearly
a considerable moral difference
between a law that seeks to punish
contractors for their political
relationships and a law that seeks to
prohibit such punishment. And yet,
practically, and tactically, a content-neutral
rule that had contained
exceptions only for religious liberty
would be more likely both to survive
in the courts and to remain intact
when control of the government
changes hands.
Whatever they choose to do, it
will be important for advocates of
the Second Amendment to remember
that, while the gun-control
movement may have changed its
approach, our remedy is the same:
To use the many different sorts of
power that we have at our disposal.
Economically, we have the power
to patronize and invest in businesses
that share our values. Entrepreneurially,
we have the power
to build companies that can serve
firearms-related industry. Politically,
we have the power to prevent
government entities from pressuring
certain companies to change
their behavior. And, on top of it all,
we have our voices, which we can
use to say that most-useful of all
words: " No. "
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