Rahm Emanuel Using Coercion Against Banks & Gun Makers

Rahm Emanuel Using Coercion Against Banks & Gun Makers
Rahm Emanuel Using Coercion Against Banks & Gun Makers

BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking his demagoguery to a new level by attempting to coerce banks into refusing service to firearms manufacturers, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

CBS News in Chicago reported that Emanuel was pressuring two major banks, identified as Bank of America and TD Bank, to stop lines of credit to Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger, two of the largest gun makers in the industry. In letters to bank executives, Emanuel reportedly said he wanted to send a message to gun makers that they must buckle under to gun control measures being pushed by the Obama administration.

“This is outrageous,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Mayor Emanuel is acting like a Chicago gangster instead of a public servant, and we are very concerned that there might be legal ramifications. How dare the mayor engage in this kind of anti-gun lobbying effort, trying to cut off operating capital to a pair of perfectly legal companies that happen to be engaged in perhaps the most heavily-regulated business in the country.

“Gun owners and people who believe in the Bill of Rights should stop giving Chicago a line of credit by purchasing municipal bonds,” he added. “Rahm wants to send a message, and the nation should send him a reply.

“Mayor Emanuel is allegedly contending that lines of credit should dry up unless Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger submit to operating their businesses the way anti-gunners demand,” Gottlieb continued. “That conduct seems more in the realm of a street thug than a political leader, but then, again, we’re talking about a mayor who presides over a city with Draconian gun laws and a murder rate rivaling a Third World country.

Emanuel is a career anti-gunner who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, typically as point man on some kind of gun control effort.

“Mayor Emanuel seems to be under the illusion that he can force banks to act as his surrogates in an unrelenting campaign to crush the firearms industry and erase the Second Amendment,” Gottlieb said. “This is insidious and we hope the banks recognize it for the kind of below-the-belt political chicanery for which Chicago politicians have become famous. No wonder they sometimes refer to him as ‘The Godfather’.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to [email protected]

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Robert Zraick

I hate to break it to you, but we are living under tyranny. This government will not last. It will colapse under the weight of its own folly. Iceland threw out their entire government, and installed a completely different government. They created a national bank and threw out the corrupt banking establishment which had brought them to the brink of financial ruin. They defaulted on their national debt, and said that it was the government and bankers who created the debt, and that the people did not owe it. They basically said you made this debt, now you pay it.… Read more »


Suppose arms and ammunition makers, distributors, and importers in this country decided to stop production and fulfillment of all government contracts in protest over the damage the proposed legislation will do to their employees, their stockholders, their manufacturing capacity, ability to retain skilled workers (the latter two essential when the nation goes to war), etc.? What would happen if the USMC couldn't get its new Colts? Or if local PDs couldn't their S&W M&Ps, SIGs, Glocks, etc? If the Army couldn't get its FNC-made weapons? What if the supply of ammo dried up on the government? What if local PDs… Read more »


Rahm Emanuel is a facist. I have a better nickname for him: Little Hitler. The audacity of him approaching the banking industry and even suggesting that they alter their business policies to tow the line with his and Obi-wan-Obama's gun control policies is beyond words.

Mike the Limey

His tactics seem to have worked with Bank of America, as shown by recent reports of manufacturers' having their accounts closed .


Every gun owner in America needs to withdraw all of their money from the banks and put it in a local credit union.