There an article making waves on Twitter right now by New York Times columnist Andrew Sorkin where he suggests that one way to “curb gun sales” would be for banks and credit card companies to “ban the purchase of” the admittedly “completely legal product.”
Sorkin justifies this by writing that the banks already ban you from buying bitcoin on a credit card, so why not:
how US banks could curb gun sales, even if Washington won't
— Ben McLannahan (@bmclannahan) February 20, 2018
Sorkin goes on to write that if the banks and credit card companies don’t act, then maybe Visa and MasterCard’s biggest users could pressure them into this scheme:
And here’s a variation on the same theme: What if the payment processing industry’s biggest customers — companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks, Apple, Amazon, AT&T, CVS and others that regularly talk about “social responsibility” — collectively pressured the industry to do it? There’s a chance that some of the payment processors would stop handling gun sales. Perhaps their voices would help push one of the banks to step out and lead?
Liberals, of course, think this is just a Cracker-Jack idea:
If we want to stop the gun lobby in their tracks, banks and credit card companies can hit them where it really hurts: their bank accounts. https://t.co/jKjIGAsvHM
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 20, 2018
Here's Andrew's article, on how banks and credit card companies could actually improve their karma (my phrase, not his) and help quarantine assault weapon, bump stock and other manufacturers and retailers of the preferred instruments of mass murderers: https://t.co/6nDFTLkfyN
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 20, 2018
A promising idea. We need to pursue every available option. https://t.co/1akPSSM4mK
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 20, 2018
And they wonder why conservatives say they want to ban guns? They’re not even hiding it any longer.
Now, imagine how libs would react to say a push from conservatives to ban the sale of entertainment they don’t approve of:
How about banks refuse to process payments for violent movies and Eminem concerts?https://t.co/vRG6OS0QxE
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) February 20, 2018
Or for Planned Parenthood?
Terrible idea. Why limit it to guns? Ban credit cards to pay for porn. Or for payments to Planned Parenthood. Or fill in the blank divisive issue. Do banks and credit card companies really want to go down this road? https://t.co/YXGwnRuMOH
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 20, 2018
Or any other industry or product?
An Idea: Banks Could Control Alcohol If Washington Won't
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An Idea: Banks Could Control Churches If Washington Won't
An Idea: Banks Could Control Political Ads If Washington Won'thttps://t.co/ptcKN1rce4
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 20, 2018