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