Fresh from announcing that he wants to force Americans to turn in all their “assault weapons” to the government, Democrat presidential wannabe Beto O’Rourke has come up with a new way to violate the Second Amendment. Now he wants to force credit card companies to block transactions involving “assault weapons.”
Speaking before the Democrat debate in Houston last week, former governor Beto O’Rourke announced a new plan to infringe the people’s right to bear arms. This one avoids any inconveniences like passing a law that can be challenged on Second Amendment grounds — instead of banning some kinds of guns, O’Rourke just wants to make it less convenient to buy them.
- O’Rourke tweeted:
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. https://t.co/yqLHMF0EWD
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 12, 2019
- Ignoring the comment about “weapons of war” — the inability to tell the difference between semi-automatic sporting rifles and actual assault rifles is pretty common on the Left and something we already debunked for you here — what O’Rourke is actually demanding is that credit card companies enforce an unconstitutional restriction by limiting what people are allowed to buy.
- He’s calling for banks and card issuers to refuse payment for any sale of a so-called “assault weapon” — a meaningless term based on what a gun looks like, not what it’s capable of doing — or sales without background checks.
- Tacked on at the end is something even more sinister — he wants sales to be refused if a gun or ammunition is made by a manufacturer that produces assault weapons. That means no more buying classic Colt revolvers with a credit card because Colt manufactures AR15 sporting rifles as well as actual assault rifles like the M16 and M4.
- O’Rourke hasn’t explained how this would be policed. If Mastercard gets a payment request for $800 from a gun store, is someone going to call the store and ask, “Hey, before we process this payment, is he buying anything with a pistol grip or flash hider?” Or will stores be forced to provide an exact description of what a transaction is for?
- Democrat strategist Hank Sheinkopf thinks O’Rourke is on to a sure vote loser — especially in Texas. “Those words will come back to destroy him should he run for statewide office again,” he said. “To say, ‘We will take away your guns,’ you know, in this state, in this culture, that’s a no-no.”
- O’Rourke also seems to have missed the fact that there’s a simple way around his proposed restriction — pay cash.
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