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Will banks be the final nail in the Second Amendment coffin?

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Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea of letting a centralized bank control America because he knew that having one entity in control of finance and commerce presented a danger to liberty and freedom—a belief he once expressed in a letter to John Taylor of Caroline.

“I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is swindling futurity on a large scale.”

As Washington DC continues to pile trillions of dollars of new debt on the heads of our children and our children’s children, it’s easy to see that Jefferson was right. But there’s another, less obvious way that banks are threatening liberty in America, specifically regarding the Second Amendment.

A Bank of America executive announced yesterday that the bank will no longer do business with manufacturers of scary looking weapons—so-called “military-style” rifles—that are legally available to the public.

In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Bank of America Vice Chair Anne Finucane said the bank will no longer “underwrite or finance military military-style firearms” and has already informed several gun manufacturers that the bank will no longer do business with them. When asked if this decision meant that Bank of America would also stop doing business with retailers selling these weapons, Finucane hemmed and hawed about civil liberties and the Second Amendment, then stated that such a decision was “a ways off.”

It was just a few weeks ago that Citibank released a list of requirements to gun retailers in order for them to do business with the bank, including restricting firearm sales for those under 21 and banning “high-capacity” magazines. And in early March, VISA was petitioned to refuse processing credit card transactions for gun purchases. Fortunately, VISA refused the petition instead.

Though we don’t have an official “National Bank,” the Federal Reserve—the central bank of the US—is a defacto version of one, and every bank in America must play by their rules. How long will it be before we hear the Fed Chairman announce a new set of banking regulations like those we’ve seen from Bank of America and Citibank, particularly now that using the banks to deny gun rights is gaining in popularity with anti-gun zealots?

There will be those who will accuse me of spreading a new conspiracy theory, but I would remind them of recent comments made by Donald Trump to seize guns without due process and efforts by Congress to reintroduce a GOP version of Operation Chokepoint, and that candidates for federal office are including anti-Second Amendment positions in their platforms.

More dangerous than a standing army? Looks like Jefferson was on to something.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Dianne Feinstein’s comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

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Dianne Feinsteins comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

Gun control is the talk of the town as the week comes to a close. Well, that and Greenland. And Jeffrey Epstein. But the mass shootings two weeks ago has DC buzzing, media furiously reporting, and activists on both sides of the debate furiously Tweeting at each other. Senator Dianne Feinstein weighed in on the discussion by pointing out some important facts about the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts.

Her facts are correct. Her analysis is off because it missed one important point. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s declare once and for all (though I’m sure I’ll have to repeat myself later) that the 2nd Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR HOME PROTECTION. Our right to keep and bear firearms was put into the Constitution by our founders because they recognized what could happen if the people had no recourse against an oppressive government. Just as Venezuelans didn’t realize they danger they were putting themselves into when they allowed their guns to be taken away, so too do many Americans put way too much trust in government.

The authoritarian left wants guns because they know they’ll never achieve their endgame as long as the people can defend themselves from tyranny.

Feinstein is correct that the Dayton shooter was able to cause an extreme amount of death and injury in a short period of time. Police were quick to respond, otherwise it could have been much worse. But as our EIC pointed out in a Tweet, Feinstein’s narrative is worthless when you look at it from the opposite perspective.

Gun control is not the solution to our mass shooting problem. If anything, gun control has enabled shooters to enact their crimes without fear of many “good guys with a gun” to stop them. We must never give up our 2nd Amendment rights.

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Seb Gorka: Red flag gun laws are a ‘red herring’

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Seb Gorka Red flag gun laws are a red herring

It isn’t often that former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka disagrees with his old boss, but as the President pushes for red flag gun laws to be incentivized by the federal government to be adopted by all states, Gorka’s loyalties rang at their highest pitch. He isn’t going against the President’s leanings to oppose him. He’s doing it to try to save him from the bad advice that’s being thrown at him in the White House and by members of Congress.

Red flag gun laws are a bad idea on many levels, perhaps most strikingly in the fact that they do not work. Then, there’s the unconstitutional nature of them that, as Representative Jim Jordan said, inverts our system to make American citizens guilty until proven innocent. But the biggest reason every American gun owner should be concerned about red flag gun laws is because of where they’ll lead.

“Red flags are a red herring,” Gorka said on Fox Business today. “This is another way for us to be disarmed. Look at the states where it’s already happened – California, Massachusetts, where certain types of weapons are already banned. This is the last straw they have take away our civil rights. Remember, the founding fathers called this a ‘civil right.’ The Bill of Rights includes the capacity to protect ourselves.”

Some are calling red flag gun laws a “slippery slope,” but that’s not strong enough as a characterization. They’re a guaranteed stepping stone to gun control because they will not work as advertised. When they fail, the left will double down.

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Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate guns

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Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate guns

Senator and failing Democratic candidate for president Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate your guns. The former “conservative” when it was politically expedient to be one in upstate New York has now gone the way of most her new party. She’s a radical progressive who wants your guns.

For someone who used to have an “A” rating with the NRA, she’s come a long way to hit rock bottom by calling for “assault weapons” bans and mandatory buybacks, AKA confiscations. Oh, but she won’t actually SAY they’re mandatory buybacks. She danced around that question like a pop star.

Gun activist Colion Noir broke down a recent interview she did with CNN. It was clear, as Noir pointed out, that CNN has already weighed Gillibrand in the balance and found her wanting. They went after her to corner her on her old gun rights support and tried to get her to admit what she wants to do as president with gun confiscations.

It’s funny watching Democrats flail around trying to get attention for themselves. There are only a handful of candidates leaving a mark, and Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t one of them. But she’s still trying to do damage to the 2nd Amendment on her way out.

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