The forces of civilian disarmament continue to mau-mau corporate America over their ties to the firearms business. The latest to step up is American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten (no relation to Dean, that we know of).
“If they want the mortgage market from teachers then they have to make a decision, and that’s what we’re saying to them,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in an interview. “If they decide that they still want to do that business with the NRA and gun manufacturers, then we’re not going to offer our members their mortgage program.”
So far, Wells Fargo is resisting the AFT’s pressure. Wells’ CEO Timothy Sloan said,
As I have publicly stated, I do not believe that the American public wants banks to decide which legal products consumers can and cannot buy.
We couldn’t agree more. But this is the same bank that recently dumped an optics maker because its products sit on top of rifles. So please forgive us if we don’t have much faith in Sloan’s steadfastness.
The attempted demonization of the NRA and gun manufacturers also helps support, I think, many gun owners’ worry that many gun control proponents’ endgame isn’t just “reasonable regulation” but outright bans.
Today, they might not have the political power to accomplish that on a national level, or in most states. But most successful ideological campaigns go in many steps. Diminish the power of the NRA now, and you might be able to get more gun restrictions soon. Get more gun restrictions then, and there may then be fewer gun owners year as a result (especially if you’ve made it harder for gun manufacturers to operate, and perhaps increased the cost of guns as a result). Diminish the number of gun owners, and you might further diminish the power of gun rights organizations, and then get more gun restrictions after that.
We’re living in interesting times.