The U.S. faces an epidemic: children and adults are dying en masse because people can easily access AR-15 rifles and other assault weapons. Few politicians seem bold enough to change their tune about the NRA and limits to the 2nd Amendment.

But we’re now reaching a tipping point. Corporations are regularly responding to mounting pressure to a) distance themselves from the NRA (which is also steeped in racist history) and b) stop the spread of mass murder weapons, like assault rifles and bumpstocks. Just recently, the First National Bank of Omaha cited “customer feedback” when dropping their NRA-branded Visa card. But major financial services companies haven’t yet taken action

Online retailers like PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay have for years refused to allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms. “We do not believe [it] is consistent with our values or in the best interests of our customers,” said a Square spokesperson.

Credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo could very easily follow that example and stop enabling sales of deadly assault weapons, through changing their terms of service to stop accepting or processing payments from those retailers. Some of these companies did this in response to pressure around processing payments to white supremacist hate groups, and they must do so now.

So we’re working with ally organizations to create a huge wave of pressure. This Thursday, we’ll deliver your signatures to Visa’s HQ in Foster City, California (if you live in the Bay Area, look out for more details soon!). By taking action, you’ll send direct emails to key actors at multiple companies, so they can’t ignore us — and we’ll keep up petition deliveries for maximum media coverage, too.

Sign and send the petition to Visa and other major financial services companies: Stop processing payments from retailers that sell mass murder weapons.


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Thanks for all that you do,
Mara Schechter, Daily Kos

I’m a Parkland student

My name is Cameron Kasky. I am a student at Stoneman Douglas.

My classmates and I created the #NeverAgain movement as well as March for Our Lives. Politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. We believe the time is now.

Students will no longer risk our lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. We support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the United States Constitution. But with that right comes responsibility.

Sign our petition calling on Congress to pass common sense legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence.

Our elected officials MUST ACT by:

1. Passing a law to ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and, most recently, to kill 17 innocent people and injure more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

2. Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the ones the shooter at our school—and so many other recent mass shootings used.

3. Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows.

The children of this country can no longer go to school in fear that each day could be their last. Please sign our petition and demand a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.

Thank you,

Cameron and March for Our Lives

P.S. On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and cities across the country to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Sign the petition to learn how you can help.

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