This is what fascism looks like
You’ll note that it can come in a suit and wear hair gel just as easily as it can show up wearing a big mustache and military fatigues then pose on a balcony opening onto a public square. Politico, “Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns”:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers.
Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America, which offer lines of credit to gun makers suggesting that they stop lending money to the manufacturers if they don’t come out for new gun restrictions.
“TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60 million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 — an assault weapon that was used by James Holmes to kill 12 people and wound 58 in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora,” Emanuel’s missive to TD CEO Bharat Masrani states. “I ask you to use your influence to push this company to find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban and comprehensive background checks.”Noting that Chicago’s municipal employees and teachers had already divested money in pension funds from gun makers that are opposing new gun laws, the White House chief of staff-turned-mayor wrote: “Now we need you and other commercial banks to join this fight for safer streets. Collectively we can send a clear and unambiguous message to the entire gun industry that investors will no longer financially support companies that profit from gun violence.”
Forget that these same manufacturers create the weapons that outfit the military and law enforcement. Or that most of their profit comes from selling firearms to law abiding citizens, who have second amendment right to their ownership. No, we’re to believe that Big Gun — the latest in a long line of villains for our national 2 minutes of hate — does what it does in order to “profit” from “gun violence,” with gun violence being defined solely as that violence that occurs during criminal usage of a weapon, one often illegally obtained, and never as that “violence” done to criminals by those who use their weapons in defense of themselves or their families.
This is revolting. It is more disingenuous propaganda. And it shows just how far the left is willing to go to eventually disarm us.
Having bailed out major banks, the government can begin calling in favors. And it looks to be completely comfortable doing just that.
Asks Hot Air’s Erika Johnsen, with just the right note of amazement and indignation,
Emanuel is lobbying these major and publicly traded financial institutions to actively discriminate against law-abiding companies that don’t happen to support his entirely political gun-related agenda? A political agenda which, by the way, will not help to reduce violent crime? Would this even hold up in a court of law?
Depends. Can Chief Justice Roberts somehow define it as a tax?
I’ll say it yet again: this will not end well.