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They didn’t have an option for “Bend Over And I’ll Show You.”

The first thing all trial lawyers are taught is this: Never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to.

There’s a reason why trial lawyers learn the lesson “never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to” before they even learn how to bill in 5-minute increments. That’s because, sometimes, when you ask a question, people are rude enough to answer. What’s hilarious about gun grabbers is that, like that one weird chick in the seventh grade who picked her nose in class, they have no idea that most Americans find their proposed “gun violence solutions” as appetizing as a freshly harvested booger. That’s why they keep polling people about their gun-grabbing schemes, and why they keep being shocked every time the polls say, “No thank you, and please wash your hands.” It’s even funnier when they try it in a market that they think they’re sure about, and still have to go to prom alone. Today, our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have the details about the newest anti-gun poll and the way it’s backfired … take it away, Larry Keane!

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POLL IN GUN CONTROL FRIENDLY-D.C. DOESN’T GO GUN CONTROL’S WAY


By Larry Keane

The recent news about major credit card companies tracking purchases at firearm retailers is ruffling feathers. That is, with everyone except the nation’s largest gun control groups and supporters.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced late last month it created a firearm-specific Merchant Category Code (MCC) and it’s gone over like a lead balloon. In the nation’s Capitol, a news station tried to gauge support for the code. What should’ve been a slam dunk in one of the country’s strictest gun control cities, the exact opposite happened.

Gun Control Praise

News outlets all covered the new MCC for firearm-related purchases. The Washington Post reported, “Visa, Mastercard, AmEx to start categorizing gun shop sales,” asserting the nation’s major credit card companies all agreed to implement the new tracking code. Gun control advocates praised the news.

“Today’s announcement is a critical first step towards giving banks and credit card companies the tools they need to recognize dangerous firearm purchasing trends,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said. “But this is only the first step.”

Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts praised the announcement too. “These new merchant codes will help banks and financial institutions track suspicious and potentially illegal gun purchases.”

New York’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James added, “Today’s decision requiring credit cards to categorize gun sales is a big victory.”

One of the biggest cheerleaders for the new tracking code is Priscilla Sims Brown, president and CEO of New York-based Amalgamated Bank, the gun control advocacy bank that applied for the new code from ISO. “We won,” Sims Brown stated.

Survey Says?

Law-abiding Americans see it as nothing more than overreach, even though gun control schemers are praising the code. There has been no definition by the code’s backers as to what “suspicious activity” means. No word on what the financial institutions will do with the information and what stores will specifically be coded. Americans see the ruse.

In Washington, D.C., FOX 5 News polled their audience on the new MCC. They asked, “Do you think credit card companies should track gun sales?” In a city that has some of the country’s most strict gun control laws, and whose citizens overwhelmingly vote for gun control-supportive politicians, the response was resoundingly clear.

All told, 75 percent of respondents voted “No.” That’s crystal clear. Americans understand the code isn’t about safety at all. It’s about tracking them.

Credit Card Companies Pushed

The MCC announcement came at a pertinent time. The CEOs of major banks were grilled by lawmakers last week in Washington, D.C., over the issue. Bank CEOs from Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Truist Financial Corporation, U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial all faced questions, mostly dodged on answers and didn’t deny the banks’ consideration of implementing the code, while not outright dismissing the practice.

Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser provided only a vanilla acknowledgement while not saying the bank would reject using the code. “We respect the Second Amendment, as I said, we do not intend to use the code to restrict or limit any purchases or firearm sales by our credit card customers.”

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was similarly coy.

“We actually don’t know what they use it for, and we don’t want to be in the business of telling American citizens what they can do with their money. We understand your concerns over the issue,” he told members of the Senate Banking Committee.

In a letter responding to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and several senators supportive of the new tracking code, American Express Executive Vice President Brett Loper wrote, “We require merchants who accept American Express cards to adhere to all applicable laws. Our policy has been, and will remain, that our customers are able to make legal firearm purchases using our Cards.”

The announcement of the new tracking code for sales at federally-licensed firearm retailers has given the country’s largest banks just enough wiggle room to avoid being specific. In most cases, they acknowledge the code was created and state they won’t use it to deny law-abiding Americans the ability to buy lawful firearms, or that those Americans would be flagged by authorities for “suspicious activity.” Their answers are far from clear.

What is clear is that Americans do not support the tracking code. Even in a gun-control city like Washington, D.C.

 

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. ross hanson

    September 28, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    nobody is talking about DISCOVER card. Discover bank is independent. it was originally a SEARS product. i called them and asked about the merchant code thing and whether or not they implemented it. they have not but were not able to confirm or deny if they would do it in the future. they did say that they are committed to the privacy of their customers. perhaps we should reward them?millions of gun owners apply for discover cards and use them online for purchases would send a big message. WE VALUE OUR PRIACY AND WQILL DO BUSINESS WITH BANKS THAT RESPECT THAT. VISA and MASTERCARD will lose thousands of dollar a year from me alone. hit them where it hurts!

  2. Big Al 62

    September 28, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Going forward, I will only walk thru the gun shop door with a roll of $100’s.

  3. Jons_On

    September 28, 2022 at 10:54 am

    I’m sure that these purchases are done by so many dangerous people that this new code is absolutely necessary. Well, if you’re a communist it is anyway such as the ever peace pipe smoking Liz Pocahauntus Warren. I’m sick of these leftists trying to take away the 2nd amendment. At some point it will be obvious to everyone that these gun grabbing socialists will not stop until the 2nd amendment no longer exists and no one but the leftists possess firearms. That’s the only way they can exert their control over you (they do know best after all (in their sick little minds anyway)) and not get shot by freedom loving patriots. I hope that more people in the country pull their heads out of their backside and realize that the democrat party is now and always has been on the side of removing rights from as many people as possible. Just look at the history of the democrat party. It’s full of some of the most disgusting things one (or a group) or humans can do to another.

    • Timothy Struke

      October 5, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      AMEN!

  4. GomeznSA

    September 28, 2022 at 10:36 am

    The road to the theological place of eternal punishment is paved with ‘good intentions’. While the banks in and of themselves ‘may’ not have any ill intent (ha ha) you can bet that the people who do have access to the data do. That includes the gun banning folks AND various elements within fedzilla.
    It isn’t like criminals have credit cards and shop at the local gun shop and fill out the 4473. After all, courts have ruled that they cannot be held accountable for lying on that form since it is ‘self incrimination’- hmm maybe that is why nothing has been done to hunter……….
    BTW – what are the ‘next steps’ they want to implement. Didn’t all of them say this is a good ‘first step’.

  5. Big Al 45

    September 28, 2022 at 10:33 am

    It’s all nonsense anyway, without a method to then get that info to say, the FBI, it’s just B.S.
    And I’m not certain, but I am pretty sure there are laws against that kind of ‘co-operation’ with the Feds WITHOUT a Court Order.
    It’s flat out invasion of privacy, IF that info is then given or taken by, any Authority without a Warrant.
    I see this as a scare tactic, and those Financial Institutions should be ashamed of themselves.

    • GomeznSA

      September 28, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Big – with the track record by the feebs it might not even make any difference if they get tipped off. How many high profile shootings were stopped by them even when they had very specific info. Nah, much more important for them to ‘investigate’ parents protesting at school board meetings or arresting pastors at oh dark thirty for a ‘crime’ that the locals had already declined to prosecute. Oh and evil nooses at race tracks.

    • Zed Noone

      September 28, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      If you think the Feds obey the law, you might want to consider Gen. Flynn’s treatment at their hands and lying to the FISA Court, Russian Dossier, etc.,etc. They will just demand the data and the Banks will hand it over.

      • Tuffdaddy

        September 28, 2022 at 4:23 pm

        It’s all about privacy and freedom. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.The government is treating people like their guilty of a crime when there is none.The banks are in collusion with aninvasion of privacy

    • Jeff

      October 5, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      I’d like to believe it’s all nonsense – but I’d also have to ask “Why” then. Why do the gun grabbers want this categorization if they won’t have access to the data that these banks collect? We are on a slippery slope and should resist this and similar efforts. Vote Conservative or be prepared to give up your rights.

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