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I recently wrote a comment on my Facebook page (in poster form), stating that banks were being asked to stop gun transactions on credit cards. So, far, I’ve had over 1,200 shares and … people are still sharing this.  Why, because we are talking about an infringement on an inherent right of American citizens.

There were those who expressed shock, anger, defiance … and … those who expressed denial.  And, those who said it was another “BS fake story.”

Ah … but alas … the words used are fact.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is an American journalist and author.  He is a financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box.  Sorkin wrote an Op-ed (Feb. 19, 2018) suggesting to several lending banks that they could easily change their “terms of service” to say that they don’t do … or, they restrict … business with sellers of “assault weapons,” and, high-capacity magazines.

“What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa,  Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?” he wrote.  “Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker.  And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand.”  By refusing to process payments for firearms, or refusing to do business with retailers that sell guns, credit-card companies could make it harder for Americans to get their hands on guns — unless of course they’re paying cash for them,” Sorkin suggested.

Indeed … PayPal, Square, Stripe, and Apple Pay announced they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms, years ago … according to Sorkin.

While banks don’t usually (at least, today) … deny processing on “items” … it could stop processing on certain stores, if inclined.  In other words, … if a store only sold guns … the bank transaction could be “identified” as such, and … under a new set of “terms and services” … the transaction denied.  The store loses the transaction and you … don’t get your gun.  It was in your hand … you were ready to walk out with it … but, guess what … your gun/rifle is digitally confiscated from you.  Your right to purchase that guy/rifle has been “legally” taken from you because of any new “terms of service” banks may be considering.”

Of course, good old “cold hard cash” would be the obvious option.  But … this isn’t really about you purchasing the gun, in the first place.  If the “gun store” will not be allowed some transactions of gun sales … and … he/she doesn’t get the financial backing needed from banks … then there wouldn’t be a “gun store,” for you to use your personal right to purchase the weapon of your choice.  That right … and, the gun owner’s merchandise/place of business … has been taken away.  If the gun store goes out of business, it doesn’t matter how much “cash” one has.

So, do I think gun sales can be restricted and/or minimized via “stealth-digitized confiscation of guns” and “terms of services,” a resounding … yes!

Just as the Nativity scenes and Christmas plays have been banned … flags and crosses taken down in certain areas … historical monuments destroyed … and … the erasure of history has begun.

I have seen enough of the impossible, made possible … by a group of people who want to change America to suit their agenda.

Yes … you bet I do!


Here is Sorkins Op-ed:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/business/banks-gun-sales.html


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Debbie Barth: 4/09/2018 at 4:01 pm EDT

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