American Marxists have long followed an axiom used by former President Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who once intoned, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste” because “it’s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.”
That includes, of course, dead children, especially when they are murdered in school by a crazed former student whom everyone and their sister knew was dangerous, right up to and including the FBI.
As such, the Lefties who run America’s social media companies — Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter — were not about to forget Rahm’s Rule following the most recent mass murder of students at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month.
Champing at the bit for any excuse to gut the Second Amendment, they began censoring gun-related content and the users who posted it, culminating in a total ban this week by YouTube of all gun videos, as a way of prohibiting the “sales” of guns (what if someone wanted to prohibit the sale of advertising to YouTube — do you think they’d be in favor of that limit on commerce?).
YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories… Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.
That was preceded by a virtue-signaling decision by sporting goods chain Dick’s, which announced it would stop selling as many guns and repeated its earlier decision to stop selling “assault weapons” at its Field & Stream stores. Execs also said the chain would stop selling high-capacity magazines and would not sell rifles to anyone under the age of 21 (though the military arms eighteen-year-olds every day of the week).
But it’s not just social media sites and chain stores. Now the corporate world of finance wants in on the virtue-signaling. (Related: Now just GOING to the gun range to get safety training makes you a criminal in the eyes of a public school.)
As reported by Zero Hedge, Citibank — perhaps acting on the advice of Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times — is now prohibiting the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who have not yet reached their 21st birthday. In addition, the company will not sanction the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.
Up next: Trump’s MAGA hats, no doubt, because what a threat they pose to American democracy and security.
Citibank’s rules apply to clients who offer credit cards that are backed by the financial giant or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company, Zero Hedge noted further.
Described as “common-sense measures” (yeah, right), these rules are similar to those implemented by other major retailers such as Walmart. But also, they are the boldest move yet from the banking sector.
The gun policy has “been a while coming,” according to Citibank chief executive Michael L. Corbat. Calling himself “an avid outdoorsman and responsible gun owner,” he admitted that “some will find our policy too strict while others will find it too lenient.”
How about still others who question its constitutionality? I mean, the Constitution’s Commerce Clause (Art. 1, Sect. 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the exclusive power to regulate trade and commercial activity within the country, but it says nothing about private corporations taking on the role.
And what about this: What are the Second Amendment implications here? If you can’t buy certain guns or accessories for certain guns, isn’t that an “infringement” on our right to keep and bear all legal arms?
The point is, the fix is in for guns and gun owners. True-blue gun haters are getting what they want and big corporations with their virtue signaling are ingratiating themselves to another segment of the population.
I hate to say it, but Congress needs to step into its role and ‘regulate’ commerce by forbidding companies from adopting politically correct business practices. That’s the only recourse Second Amendment supporters have.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.
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