I don't remember which movie it's from, and if you do please let me know in the comments below. But, there is a fairly famous movie quote that says this: I'm surrounded by idiots. That is how I feel in the current political climate in these United States right now as financial institutions try to lay their version of a smackdown to the gun industry at large. We seem to be surrounded by idiots. Bank of America Executive Anne Finucane, Said this:
We want to continue in any way we can to reduce these mass shootings, it is our intention not to finance these military-style firearms for civilian use.
When the anti-freedom group, Everytown For Gun Safety has this to say, you know your opponent has clear intentions against you:
When the second-largest bank in the US takes concrete steps to prevent gun violence, it sends a clear message to the entire industry: It's time for every financial institution to do their part.
What intentions? Well, they're calling for the banking industry to “do their part.” In other words, they want all other banking institutions to follow their lead. They understand that a repeal of the Second Amendment is unlikely in the current political climate, so the next best thing would be to prevent gun ownership by making it difficult for gun manufacturers to get the funds needed to make and sell these guns to us.
Of course, as Bank of America decides not to fund people who make “military style firearms” I have to wonder how this is even possible. I mean, if the baker is forced to make a cake for a couple of folks claiming discrimination, why can't we force the banks to do business with gun makers and gun sellers?
Businesses clearly have no control over who they do business with anymore, so let's force them to do business with us. Or, not. Ya know, because that's actually pretty unfair.
Then again this is, to me, a clear discriminatory act against gun owners and the manufacturers who represent them. Should we stand for this? I'm pretty sure they would be up in their own imaginary arms.
Imagine for a moment the fallout if the tables were turned and we said we wouldn't fund something we didn't agree with. There would be hell to pay. But, I must keep this as apolitical as possible, so I'll take this moment to segue into another point … The National Shooting Sports Foundation had this to say, in response to this news:
We as an industry would welcome the opportunity to sit down with Bank of America executives to explain our industry's perspective and to discuss what really would work to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them.
So it would seem that we are, yet again, willing to take the higher road and have a sit down with people who so clearly hate us, instead of throwing a temper tantrum reminiscent of something a two year old would have when they didn't get the toy they wanted.
Let us know what your thoughts are on this and if it has any impact on who you'll be banking with in the near future. Bank of America has to understand that this will hurt them to some degree. Then, when you're all done with that, check out our Guardian Nation to up the ante on your gun knowledge.
The above quotes were taken from this article: