Left Pushing to Use Banks, Credit Card Companies as Work-Around for Gun Control

We often argue and worry over the more overt tactics the progressive left uses to try to destroy our fundamental constitutional rights. While that fight is noble, it also has a dangerous habit of neglecting the dangerous, more covert ways they chip away at our freedoms.

Lately, we’ve seen the left teaming up with Big Tech or Big Education to try to silence the voices and shackle the rights of Americans. This time they’ve cozied up to Big Finance to do their bidding.

Their latest target is the Amendment that guards all the rest: our beloved Second Amendment.


When they can’t manage to ban all firearms and ammunition sales in this country, the left has decided to fall back on their favorite tactic of all – surveillance. The International Organization for Standardization has approved a new merchant category code for banks to use when processing transactions for gun and ammunition stores.

I know what you are thinking: Who is this organization, and what is a merchant category code? The International Standards Organization sets the rules across the entire financial services industry.

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A merchant category code is a simple four-digit code that denotes what a sale is from and is often used to help banks “flag” purchases for anything from possible identity theft to terrorist financing.

And now they will be used to flag purchases related to “potential mass shootings;” at least, that’s what they want you to believe.

What’s The Big Deal?

The push for this new merchant category inclusion is thanks to the Amalgamated Bank, which has been petitioning for this progressive change for quite some time. The CEO, Priscilla Sims Brown, said of this new code:

“We could identify and detect where there may be gun sales that are intended for black markets, where we see patterns of gun purchases being made in multiple gun shops. We could see the patterns of behavior that would indicate to us that there is something not right here.”

Often cited as justification is the Colorado movie theater shooter from 2012, who purchased $9,000 worth of guns and ammunition two months before the shooting. While that incident was a mass shooting, $9,000 worth of guns and ammo is also what most Midwesterners call “Tuesday.”

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Like most after-the-fact arguments, it’s hard to argue if these codes would’ve saved the lives of those taken that day. But all signs point to doubtful. 

Earlier this year, a representative from American Express explained why:

“Managing long lists of narrowly defined MCCs can become burdensome if there isn’t a compelling reason for the long list.”

And now we get to the rub of it. After all, how do you delineate between my clothing and ammunition purchases at, say, Cabela’s? 

The Real Danger

Adams Arms President Jason East warns:

“When overarching organizations wield surveillance measures and disguise them as tracking troublesome or dangerous purchases, they are actually initiating the destruction of American rights – the Second Amendment is only the start.”

Mr. East uses alcohol as an example of something that could be tracked next. 

But let’s dive into how this can affect the everyday American gun owner. Let’s say you are a hunter and are getting ready for the season. Better hope you don’t get flagged for purchasing too much ammunition, but what is too much? 

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Let’s say you are a gun enthusiast, like my husband who spent 17 years in the military as a combat arms instructor. Better hope you don’t make too many gun purchases, or you might get flagged as an unhinged mass shooting murderer.

Now let’s imagine you are a deranged killer. All you must do is pay with cash. You can continue along your merry way, taking advantage of a system built to handcuff law-abiding citizens.

The Price

To the credit card companies’ credit (see what I did there), some are not excited about this new industry standard. Mastercard put out the following statement:

“We believe that it is the responsibility of elected officials to enact meaningful policies to address the issue of gun violence, while it remains Mastercard’s role to ensure that consumers are permitted to make lawful purchases on our network.”

But Ms. Sims Browns disagrees. She believes:

“It is our responsibility. What price do you put on a life? If it stops two people from dying, isn’t that worth it?”

No, no, it isn’t worth it. You can’t put a monetary price on human life, but to pay for it with our freedoms is too hefty of a fee. 

My life, your life, no life is worth that, and if we revered our founding fathers as opposed to demonizing them, we would remember that fact. Visa’s statement was similar to Mastercard’s:

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.”


The Long Squeeze

In this new world of hot takes and sound bites, it has become easy to obstruct justice, sweep away pertinent evidence, and perhaps worst of all, erase our freedoms.

Don’t be a passive participant in this erosion. 

Pay attention to the facts and what they are doing, and don’t stop speaking out against these acts of oppression. It’s not just about being a gun owner; these actions eventually affect us all.

Mr. East explains:

“All Americans – not just legal firearms owners – should think carefully about how much control you want the government to have over your rights as a citizen.”

He goes on to state:

“Financial strangulation will eventually pull the rug out from under everyone’s feet.”

Do you feel that? It feels like something is getting tighter around our throats.

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Kathleen J. Anderson

USAF Retired, Bronze Star recipient, outspoken veteran advocate. Hot mess mom to two monsters and wife to equal parts Saint and Artist husband. Writer, lifelong conservative, lover of all things American History, and not-so-secret Ancient Aliens fanatic. Homeschool maven, Masters in Political Management, constitutionalist, and chock full of opinions.

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    1. It is, admittedly, your opinion.
    2. As far as I'm concerned, we need to curtail access to firearms BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
  • 95,000 Americans die from alcohol. So if two deaths are averted by denying 2nd Amendment rights--as Ms. Sims Browns--believes, then certainly all alcohol sales must halt immediately. Autos kill far more (32,000) victims than firearms (10,258 in 2019), so autos must be banned as well. Moreover, the lawful use of a firearm by citizens PREVENT many deaths as well.

    • Spot on Tom51. You left off for brevity knives and scissors. People have been hurt with those, or and power tools. And Clever Bev thinks alcohol has been decided. Hmmm. Has she heard of the 2nd Amendment. This is the constitution of the land. Dont like it? I am sure you can pack your bags and go anywhere. We are the only country on earth that I am aware that has such an arrangement by design. Feel free to start up a go-fund-me page. I am sure we can contribute enough money for a one-way fare out of the country. The only stipulation - turn in your citizenship on the way out!

    • Tom 51, Americans have already weighed in on the alcohol issue. Please go to early 20th-century American History to see how that one turned out. (Hint: we're still selling alcohol.)

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