“It is no secret that U.S. corporations ban guns in their boardrooms and corporate headquarters,” gunvictimsaction.org “reveals.” “Why? Because they know that guns are dangerous and kill and they want to protect their top officers. Yet the same corporations who protect their CEO from gunfire (and protect all their employees and customers from secondhand smoke) don’t have the ethical integrity to stand up to the gun lobby. A good example is Hallmark cards.” Hallmark cards? Seriously? Seriously . . .
When we asked Hallmark why they do not support universal background checks (a background check for every gun sold) when 90 percent of America does, Hallmark’s Chairman Donald Hall, Jr. replied “We do not get involved in divisive issues.” Divisive?
On one hand you have tens of millions of law-abiding Americans who cherish their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Americans who would not look kindly on Hallmark if they supported “universal background checks” and/or banned legally owned and carried firearms from their stores.
Gun owners who are supported by extremely effective grassroots organizations (e.g. the NRA, GOA) and internet coal mine canaries (e.g., TTAG). Gun owners ready to protect their firearms freedom . . . with their wallet.
On the other hand, you have a small number of gun control advocates clamoring to transform American retailers and restaurants into “gun free” zones. Americans who would disarm citizens in the name of public safety. Supported by the mainstream media, champagne socialists and the Democratic party. Ready to attack firearms freedom any way they can.
As you might imagine from that match-up, it’s no contest, really. The business of America is business. A business can no more afford to pander to a minority of its customers at the expense of the majority of its customers than it can afford to light one-hundred dollar bills on fire.
Which is why Starbucks, Chipotle and Target threaded the needle on gun control. After pressure from the antis, they asked their customers to leave their guns at home – but did nothing to back-up their “request” with the force of law.
Of course, the antis – led by the Bloomberg-owned and operated Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – declared that a victory. Because they’re smart enough to take what they can get. Outside of gun control bastions like Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, etc., that’s all they’re gonna get. And nothing more.
In the run-up to the 2014 elections, with a lame duck president reduced to anti-gun clucking, the gun control advocates’ ground game is no longer political. It’s all about the money, money, money. Specifically, threatening non-gun-free zone businesses with boycotts. Here’s Boston Globe columnist Renée Loth taking-up the boycott mantle on the behalf of the civilian disarmament complex:
OF ALL the dithering delays plaguing Congress, the most maddening is its inability to do anything about gun violence. Nineteen months after the massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school, which was supposed to be the turning point on gun policy, Congress has done nothing. Meanwhile, by some estimates, 50,000 additional Americans have been killed by guns. No wonder frustrated citizens are going around Congress to focus on the gun industry itself.
The Campaign to Unload is a new initiative aimed at getting individuals and institutions to divest from gun company stocks that support the manufacture and sale of assault weapons. Some 51 million Americans hold 401(k)s or other retirement funds, and it’s a fair bet many don’t know exactly what they include. Taxpayer dollars and donations to nonprofits prop up pension funds and endowments that can be invested in activities that donors don’t support. Corporate interlocks make it difficult to tease apart the trouble spots: Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that controls Freedom Group — which manufactures the Bushmaster assault rifle used at Sandy Hook — also owns the seemingly innocuous Star Market, Shaw’s, and Steward Health Care System. What’s a responsible consumer to do?
“Seemingly” innocuous Star Market. Ha. Now who’s being divisive? Let’s skip to the close . . .
The gun lobby — with its money, its influence, its cowed members of Congress — thrives on the perception that it is invincible. The Campaign to Unload is a creative strategy to puncture that notion. It gives the majority a voice. And that’s democracy’s most powerful weapon.
Luckily, the majority of Americans (outside of Taxachusetts and its ilk, anyway) don’t favor more gun control laws and we don’t live in a democracy. It’s a Constitutional Republic, with a Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Still, I think it’s time for another pro-2A spend a $2 bill day, yes?