Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claims that banks and credit card companies are enabling the epidemic of mass shootings across the country, and calling them to halt services involving the purchase of “assault weapons.”
“Credit cards have enabled many of America’s mass shootings in the last decade,” O’Rourke said in an email on Thursday, Sept. 12. “For example, the man who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, got away with buying $11,000 in assault rifles, gas masks, and ammo. He just charged it to his credit card.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the former Democratic congressman said because of the purchases made, credit card companies and banks “profit off of those who terrorize our communities. … That’s why today we’re calling on the financial industry to do their part to cut off the sales of these weapons of war.”
O’Rourke is urging financial institutions to refuse their services for the sale of firearms online or at gun shows where background checks are not required, asking the services to be suspended until universal background checks become law, The Hill reports.
“The least the financial industry could do is stop profiting off sales of these weapons,” O’Rourke said, “The financial industry has played a part in government efforts to stop the illegal drug trade, trafficking, and other violent crimes. It’s time for them to step up now and stop the easy flow of assault weapons to terrorists.”
“However inadvertent or deliberate, credit card companies and banks profit off those who terrorize our communities. And we know that in this moment, no one can sit on the sidelines. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part,” O’Rourke wrote in an email to supporters.
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“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” he said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, out public places.”
“Credit cards have enabled many of America’s mass shootings in the last decade – and with Washington unwilling to act, they need to cut off the sales of weapons of war today.” O’Rourke said Thursday morning on Twitter.
O’Rourke’s tweet was soon met with fierce backlash and some witty remarks.
“Please delete Twitter and end your presidential campaign.” One highly voted tweet wrote, “What you’re asking requires banks/CC providers to know the exact item that was purchased (not just the price & store). All this is going to do is burden them, further monopolize them, and give them more power to censor.”
“Credit card companies have also enabled the rise in obesity in Americans. TODAY I call for all credit card companies to stop authorizing transactions to fast food establishments,” Another user tweeted in jest.
Lawyer and publisher of Human Events, Will Chamberlain, tweeted correcting O’Rourke, “Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” not to punish companies “for helping Americans exercise their rights” and instead, “expand Americans’ access to affordable, quality firearms.”