Philadelphia Mayor Declares Economic Warfare on Gun Retailers
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has declared economic warfare on gun retailers, threatening to treat them like businesses who traded under Apartheid in South Africa, by withdrawing investments in companies that refuse to stop selling semi-automatic rifles and blackmailing retailers into becoming front line facilitators for gun control.
"Mayor Nutter this morning announced something he’s calling the “Sandy Hook Principles” - a list of 20 measures to curb gun violence - that companies making or selling guns and ammunition must support to avoid “economic divestment actions,” reports Philly.com.
Watch the full video of the Mayor's speech here.
The 20 principles (PDF) include targeting businesses who sell "assault rifles" (despite this being completely legal) as well as "the distribution of of any materials/information that may be used to assist in such conversion."
Another one of the principles would force gun retailers to promote the use of biometric locks on guns that "allows only the legitimate civilian owner to operate the firearm," meaning those Dad and son hunting trips would be a thing of the past.
The list also includes a universal background check system, tracking ammunition to each individual owner (an RFID tag for bullets?), while it also demands gun retailers question customers about whether they have taken a gun safety course.
Under the principles, gun retailers would also be forced to host, "semi-annual gun buy-back programs to retire weapons from general public circulation."
Nutter's move is being aped by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the man who once called for a 'no gun buy list' similar to the no fly list, who on Monday announced that he would, "ask all his city’s pension funds to investigate whether they have any holdings in assault weapons makers and sellers, a step toward divesting of those companies."
We have already seen gun retailers come under onerous economic pressure, with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer last week demanding that gun retailers like Walmart and Sports Authority, “Suspend sales of modern assault-style weapons until Congress is able to fully consider and vote on legislation to curb gun violence.”
Both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods suspended sales of some semi-automatic rifles following the Newtown school shooting.
Last month, top online gun distributor Cheaper Than Dirt announced that it had temporarily suspended all gun sales in response to the Sandy Hook shooting, a move which drew widespread condemnation from second amendment enthusiasts.
Last week, firearms manufacturer American Spirit Arms announced that Bank of America had frozen the funds of the licensed gun dealer, with the bank telling owner Joe Sirochman he “should not be selling guns and parts on the internet.” Sirochman was informed that his funds generated from Internet sales would only be released once BoA had reviewed and cleared them.
By comparing the move to economic pressure that was placed on South African companies during Apartheid, Nutter and his ilk are not only trying to legitimize what in reality is a mafia-style extortion attempt, they are also implying that gun retailers and gun owners are violent racists who need to be regulated and bankrupted out of existence. The rhetoric is similar to that of CBS' Bob Schieffer, who yesterday equated taking down the gun lobby to "defeating the Nazis."
This represents open extortion and financial terrorism - the kleptocratic parasite control freak government class is publicly mobilizing to use mafia tactics to harass and bully Americans and gun stores into submitting to their thuggish tyranny.
It is important to stress that this form of blackmail is being imposed on gun retailers, one of America's few booming industries, completely outside of the law. It is perfectly legal to sell assault rifles and yet officials in gun control (and gun crime) capitals like Philadelphia and Chicago are threatening to virtually bankrupt businesses that dare to exercise their free market right to trade in legal goods.
Gun control advocates are basically threatening economic sanctions against gun retailers unless they become the front lines of the effort to eviscerate the second amendment - again completely outside of the law.
To understand these gangsters' mindset - everyone needs to watch the Martin Scorsese masterpiece Goodfellas (1990). The film is based on a true story and will give you a window into the minds of these mad dog control freaks.
What we're witnessing is authoritarian rage at the fact that the second amendment has not been completely destroyed and that the founding fathers - from their graves - are still defying these parasites.