Democrats continue to find new and inventive ways to prove theirs is the party of authoritarianism and tyranny, defying their claim to support ‘democracy.’
Thanks to billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and his commitment to free speech and expression, we now know that left-wing staffers on the platform were cooperating with the Democratic Party not only to censor conservatives but also to have them banned from the virtual public square altogether. Musk provided all of the evidence to journalist Matt Taibbi, who published a lengthy Twitter thread revealing the collusion and corruption last week.
Now we learn that Democrats are working with left-wing financial corporation executives to quash gun purchases through tracking.
According to semi-retired newsman Don Surber on his blog:
Priscilla Sims Brown, president and CEO of Amalgamated Financial Corporation, announced her bank will closely track gun purchases that use credit cards.
Bloomberg reported that the bank will screen gun purchases and file a Suspicious Activity Report to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
She noted to the outlet: “We’re at the very early stages of this — this particular code just got approved in October, so those detection scenarios are still being brought together. But as this is implemented, those scenarios will be used.”
Mind you, it is not against the law to buy guns in America, obviously, so there is no reason to ‘track’ the sales, let alone report gun sales to any federal agency as “suspicious activity.” So the fact that any bank — or any entity — would do so voluntarily is worse than outrageous, it is an unconstitutional violation of privacy rights.
Surber went on to make his own observations regarding the unethical and illegal collusion between banks and congressional Democratic tyrants.
“We call this merger of government and businesses fascism. Amalgamated is a small bank with assets of $6.6 billion. My suspicion is it will serve as a prototype for larger banks. I suppose people could get around this by paying in cash but the government limits how much cash a person may carry,” he wrote.
He went on to note that Bloomberg News, which is owned by billionaire “Mini Mike” Bloomberg, an opponent of private gun ownership (and by default, the U.S. Constitution), noted, “The International Organization for Standardization approved a new merchant category code earlier this year that banks will use when processing transactions for gun and ammunition stores after Amalgamated submitted an application on the matter. Gun-control advocates were quick to celebrate the move, arguing it would help banks flag suspicious activity at these retailers.”
“While major payment networks have said they would adopt the new code, some have argued it won’t have its intended effect. Visa Inc., for example, has said it doesn’t have access to data showing the products consumers are actually buying. That means the network and its banking partners would have no idea if a gun-store customer is purchasing an automatic rifle or safety equipment,” the outlet continued.
Since when is it the government’s business to know what Americans are purchasing lawfully? It is one thing to track sales of dynamite and other explosives; it is quite another to track the sales of items bought in gun stores. Again, these are all legal items; what’s next, tracking of grocery sales to see if someone has a smoking, drinking, or poor food choice habit? What then? Food purchase regulations?
Of course, the garbage mainstream media, which collectively is an organ of the American deep state, cherry-picked an incident, horrific as it was, to justify this horrendous privacy invasion.
“The shooter who killed 59 people at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017, for example, charged over $90,000 on credit cards prior to the shooting. The New York Times reported that the shooter had opened six new credit card accounts over the months prior, and twelve days before the shooting, began an over $26,000 firearm and ammunition buying spree. Before that, his average spending was only a mere $1,500 a month,” CNBC breathlessly reported.
Surber reasoned, accurately:
Let’s see, he borrowed $90,000 and spent $26,000 on guns and ammo.
Where did the rest of the money go? That is literally a $64,000 question. And this is not a suspicious activity because people racking up a lot of credit card debt in Las Vegas. That is why banks put ATMs near casinos. The casinos profit, the banks profit and the state profits.
Would this change have stopped the man? I seriously doubt it. The FBI receives warnings all the time about potential mass shooters and never seems to stop any.
Democratic leftists are authoritarians, not liberty-minded conservatives. This gun privacy invasion proves the point once again.