An Anti-Gun Stripe, More American Guns and What Hollywood Gets Wrong – TTAG Daily Digest

Stripe Anti-Gun Credit Card Processing Bank Gun Industry

Gun industry sees banks as new threat to 2nd Amendment

Is your bank trying to dictate political and social policy for its customers? . . .

In the wake of high-profile mass shootings, corporate America has been taking a stand against the firearms industry amid a lack of action by lawmakers on gun control. Payment processing firms are limiting transactions, Bank of America stopped providing financing to companies that make AR-style guns, and retailers like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods imposed age restrictions on gun purchases.

The moves are lauded by gun-safety advocates but criticized by the gun industry that views them as a backhanded way of undermining the Second Amendment. Gun industry leaders see the backlash as a real threat to their industry and are coming to the conclusion that they need additional protections in Congress to prevent financial retaliation from banks. …

When Ramey noticed that neither Stripe nor Intuit would process payments through his site, he submitted a complaint with Georgia’s attorney general’s office, counting on help from a state law that prohibits discrimination by financial service firms against the gun industry. But the state rejected it, saying that credit card processing is not considered a financial service under state law.

courtesy Slow Facts

Republican Party of Texas Fires Pro-Gun Activist

This isn’t a good sign at all. We’ve reached out and hope to talk to Rachel soon . . .

When a county chairman was elected to head the republican state organization, he pulled Rachel along. Frankly, it was easier to have her inside their tent than generating activism outside. That was the thinking for a year.

It didn’t work out that way in practice. Rachel Malone showed conservative republicans how to press the Party’s grassroots-driven agenda from the ground up. What happens when the Party’s stated principles differ from the personal priorities of elected officials? That is when the phone calls start.

Our elected officials will follow the agenda set by the least in theory. In practice, these entrenched officials follow their self-interests. They want to promote legislation that matches their personal beliefs and the interests of their large donors.

It all comes down to money and power. These elected officials spoke and Texas state party officials listened. They wanted to keep their job after all. Rachel Malone was terminated the next day.

Gun Control History Lesson

Whoa: Americans Have Bought More Guns In the Past Two Months Than Our Military Has On Hand

Here’s some good Sunday evening news . . .

May was another solid month in gun sales, with over two million background checks being run according to the FBI. Yet, Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon also touched upon the Small Arms Survey, which showed that Americans own 393 million of the one billion-plus firearms in worldwide circulation. So, while we’re not the majority owner of all guns worldwide, Gutowski broke down some interesting aspects of this report. First, that in the last two months alone, Americans have bought more guns that our entirely military has on hand, and that Americans bought more guns in 2017 than every police agency in the world did combined….

Michael Bloomberg Gun Control Elections $80 million

Michael Bloomberg announces pouring at least $80 million in 2018 House elections to make Democrat Majority

And the anti-gun left screams when the NRA spends a fraction of that at pro-gun candidates . . .

Michael Bloomberg “has approved a plan to pour at least $80 million into the 2018 election” to give Democrats control of the US House of Representatives. Note this doesn’t include money Bloomberg is putting in pushing gun control issues.

This reminds us of Robert Reich’s recent claims about NRA campaign spending: “The National Rifle Association is a special interest group with a stranglehold on the Republican Party. In 2016, the group spent a record $55 million on elections.

The Difference Between Guns in Movies and Guns in Real Life

PRO TIP: Don’t expect to learn anything about real life from anything produced in Hollywood . . .

I know what you’re going to say, and I get it. Guns in movies aren’t really intended to behave the way they would in the real world because if they did, every villain making their escape in a car would get away scot-free since you can’t explode a fuel take with a bullet. And that’s pretty boring. We want to perceive our action heroes as unbreakable strongmen who’ve never heard of the term “kickback” let alone had their wrists obliterated by one. We want to feel the anxiety and anticipation after a bad guy unloads a billion rounds on a good guy who has just performed a perfect swan dive into a body of water. Is he gonna resurface as a corpse full of holes or an impenetrable force that must now be reckoned with?

So, yes, Hollywood uses guns to ramp up the action and show how strong its heroes are (and how weak gas tanks are, apparently). Is this an issue? I suppose if you get all of your information about guns from what you’ve seen in movies then, yes, I guess it is.


  1. avatar FedUp says:

    Our elected officials will follow the agenda set by the least in theory. In practice, these entrenched officials follow their self-interests. They want to promote legislation that matches their personal beliefs and the interests of their large donors.

    We don’t call them the Repugnant Party for nothing.

    1. avatar rc says:

      The primary system works wonders for these types of cases. Simply light them up and find a 2A supporting pol who would be happy to take their job from them. Republicans who hate the 2A and it’s supporters can run, but they can’t hide.

    2. avatar ollie says:

      If the democrats take the House and Senate next election, Australian Style Gun Control will be the law of the land and SCOTUS will go liberal permanently.
      The economy will crater too, as masses of anti-business legislation, taxes and regs get passed. It will be worse than the last time the dems trashed the economy from 2007 to 2011.
      Depending on the Mueller Report, they may have Trump by the balls.

      1. avatar Stereodude says:

        If they had anything on Trump it would have leaked already. All signs point to Meuller having nothing.

      2. avatar HP says:

        “If the democrats take the House and Senate next election, Australian Style Gun Control will be the law of the land and SCOTUS will go liberal permanently.”

        Pretty much. This is one of the reasons why I felt the uproar over the pending bump stock changes didn’t make all that much sense. The refrain is “Well, a future administration could twist the law to outlaw semi-autos”. When the Dems retake the Presidency and Congress some day, they’re not going to worry about using bump stock language to outlaw guns, they are going to go the more direct route and just ban all semi-auto firearms.

    3. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      Rachel threatened their deal. The one thing politicians are terrified of is getting voted out of office. They work very hard at keeping their real loyalties to the donor class/business interests as secret as they can. Texas politicians are good at Kabuki theater so they campaign as conservatives but vote to support progressive/business interests. Joe Strauss is a poster child for this kind of “conservative” politics. Rachel Malone is more dangerous to them outside the party than she was on the inside. I image they’re figure that out pretty soon.

  2. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    Thee financial organizations still work with Porn Shops, sellers of cigarettes and promoters of opioids? What are the obligations to state and federal ordinances for these institutions? Somebody needs to take them to court.

  3. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

    They did *that* to Rachel?

    Bad move…

  4. avatar New Continental Army says:

    The republican party of Texas fired a woman for being too pro gun? That’s, a really, really bad sign. I don’t think I can overstate how bad that is..

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Why she was fired is not in the post or in the article it references. There’s nothing in there that even suggests it was at all about her firearms activism.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        What, you think it was because she liked to sleep with Republican apparatchiks, and their hangers-on, or what?

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    Rachel Malone is lucky. She’s a Republican, so she was fired. If she was a Dimocrat, she would have been Vince Fostered, or at least Weinsteined.

  6. avatar anonymoose says:

    Bloomy can toss his whole fortune at the DNC, and they’ll still lose big again this year. My Hillary-loving aunt was just talking to her friend about how much of a chore it is to get young people and minorities out to the polls.

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    If the leftist only knew how many firearms we actually owned…
    Their heads would explode!

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      If you only knew how many “leftists” also own guns, so might yours.

      1. avatar Weapon Of War says:

        Meh, leftists are weak sisters. They don’t own guns, unless you count the ones they “earned” in Call of Duty games. Weak people who should have their heads separated from their torsos.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Leftists own guns. They just don’t tell their buddies they have grandpa’s 1911 or .38 special.

          You see, because they are responsible enough to own one, unlike their pickup truck-driving, unwashed, knuckle-dragging, sister-fornicating neighbors around them that voted for Trump…

        2. avatar ErikWeisz says:

          You should see my sister. Hawt!

      2. avatar New Continental Army says:

        Oh give me a break. The amount of gun owning, actual Leftists, pales in comparison to conservatives, libertarians, and centrists.

  8. avatar Ranger says:

    I did my part to help May sales. Now please let us all do our own part and vote this November. The left certainly will.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      I helped for May, too. New Shockwave in 12 ga., and a Glock 40 10 mm with a Leupold DeltaPoint red dot I’ll deer hunt with come fall. Next up: Henry All-Weather, just deciding on whether I need a 30-30 or Gov’t 45-70. I do have the big bore lever covered with the Marlin 44. I sold a Marlin 30-30 a few years back and now regret it. Seller’s remorse.
      I’ll have a new lever, though. Decisions, decisions…..

  9. avatar Joe R. says:

    I would bet a substantial amount of firearms were purchased by blue state POS (D). Better start ramping up your homade explosives skills, and ask your youngsters about drone flying.

  10. avatar jwm says:

    Now we got more guns than the army we need tanks. Attack choppers. Arty. All sorts of stuff.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      “That ain’t your pappy’s shotgun”….and while you can get it you better have very deep pockets…

  11. avatar Joe R. says:

    We need a 2A industry supportive financial institution (or two) and we need to Maxine the shareholders and directors of non-super-supportive of 2A type financial institutions.

    bloomberg and soros, and gabby, and anytown, and the AMA. . . all need to be Maxine’d 24/7/365/Forever.

  12. avatar JW says:

    Pretty sure a ‘kickback’ is something that obliterates your moral compass, not your wrist… 🙂

  13. avatar bobo says:

    what places like honor defense need to do is set up shell companies like defense honor…that ‘sells’ the gun honor defense makes

    banks and the rich play the shell game all the time…learn the lessons they bribed elected officials to make into laws to avoid taxes! and use them to avoid the ‘stupid’ in banks!

  14. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    Michael Bloomberg announces pouring at least $80 million in 2018 House elections to make Democrat Majority

    Bloomie’s gonna flip the whole house with the election of the rep for his district? Isn’t that guy a Democrat already?

    Wait, what?

    Oh, he’s gonna flip elections in districts where he doesn’t live, to his preference, not residents’, so the folks elected represent him, not them

    Because, um democracy?

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Nice point. Do we need a new addition to campaign finance laws, wherein donations to candidates who *do not represent you* are limited more than for those that do represent you? Current limits are like $3000, how about $300 for candidates who are not running in your district?

  15. avatar Ing says:

    So in two months, Americans bought more guns than the US military has on hand, and more than the whole world’s government-police purchases? GOOD.

    That’s the way this country was meant to work from the beginning. Let’s keep it up.

  16. avatar Ed says:

    Theres a payment app called Payfirma that I used from the time Square first changed their policy to not support firearm or ammo purchases and started holding peoples money hostage in late 2012 and used them until I sold my shop in 2015. The rates were very fair as I recall and I always was paid out in no more than 48 hours. Just a FYI for anyone having this problem now…may be something to look into.

  17. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    I ran into another lefty ‘heads-I-win-tails-you-lose’ discussion about Bloombergs millions. When I pointed out the spending difference their response was ‘good! Maybe someone can finally break the NRA block on common sense.’

    All I could do was shake my head and walk away.

  18. avatar CarlosT says:

    So, credit card processing isn’t a financial service? Then what is it? I’d really, actually like to know.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Exactly. Perhaps the definition need to be expanded to reflect the ‘new society’ we are now in…

    2. avatar Big Bill says:

      You are confusing “common sense” and “law.”
      The two seldom have more than a nodding acquaintance.
      Credit cards are, just within the history of financial services in the US, relatively new. The law hasn’t kept up well.

  19. avatar HP says:

    24 seconds into that “Everything Wrong with Guns in Movies” video and the narrator talks about a movie in which a guy hides behind kitchen cabinets while people shoot at him with “high powered” rifles.

    High powered.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      my favorite is bruce willis…who always seems to take out a whole platoon of bad guys armed with automatic weapons with his little pistol…….

      1. avatar Big Bill says:

        What I really wish I could do is load my 9mm mags as easily as all those action guys can in the movies.

    2. avatar Timothy says:

      All guns are “high powered” when you think about it. They all generate pressures of several thousand PSI to push a projectile near or above the speed of sound.

      The problem with the term is it’s entirely perspective based. Dems use it to describe the guns they don’t like and if/when those get banned, they’ll just use it to describe the next firearm. Best thing you can do, let someone shoot an AR and then let that same person shoot a .308 or 30-06 or .270. Then ask them why they hear about ARs as being high powered and not anything else.

  20. avatar Gun Owning American says:

    And yet the nra are the ones buying politicians?

  21. avatar CC says:

    In 2016, the group spent a record $55 million on elections.

    Gun control lobby is over $250 million a year, all on potential issue advocacy. That is beyond direct contributions to political campaigns by Bloomberg. The gun control lobby groups are just using much more opaque means via c(3) charitable giving which is large anonymous and tax deductible to boot.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      curious how much the SPLC is spending to push gay “rights”….

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