NRA – Corporate Gun Control: The San Francisco Sneak

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- San Francisco boomed during the Gold Rush and had been a symbol of American ingenuity and prosperity. Now it’s home to would-be corporate overlords. These autocrats use their market dominance to threaten and shut down lawful businesses that engage in – or even with – industries that displease them. They’re more than willing to bend or misapply their own declared rules if it means hurting the “right” people or industries.

Rosanna and Michael Sharps ran a gift shop in the Sierra Nevada foothills selling memorabilia like that which visitors could have found in shops during the Gold Rush. They sold clothing, books, and toys. They don’t sell firearms; they sell non-firing replicas of 18th and 19th-century firearms that cannot be modified into a working firearm. These are display pieces and toys.

This merchandise was approved by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which granted the Sharps the contract to operate their shop in the Columbia State Historic Park. If a California government agency authorized the replica firearms, it can safely be assumed that these are in no way remotely close to an actual firearm.

Just as the Parks Department contracted with the Sharps to run the shop, the Sharps contracted with Square, Inc., for the services necessary to run a modern business. They used Square for “cash register, payment processing, an e-commerce website, shipping services, gift cards, rewards program, customer feedback, curbside pickup, marketing campaigns, and payroll services.”
After two years of building their business around the Square platform, Square terminated the Sharps’ account. The Sharps believe the non-firing replicas and toys sparked the ire of Square, but the corporation won’t give them a specific reason. The Sharps were forced to shut down both their physical shop and their online store

Square is run by the same CEO as Twitter – Jack Dorsey. Dorsey is quite willing to limit access to his platforms – which the small businesses like the Sharps’ paid for – based on his own shifting personal agenda. Dorsey uses unpredictable and arbitrary reasoning to spontaneously terminate his clients’ accounts on Square.

Dorsey and anti-gun, anti-freedom people like him are entitled to their views. The astounding piece of this story is that Dorsey’s company did business with the Sharps for two years before determining that the Sharps’ existing merchandise was displeasing to those in the San Francisco tower. We’ve seen this story before, though usually, companies like Square go after firearms manufacturers or sellers. Now they’re targeting a small business for selling toys deemed acceptable by California.

Square claims that they “believe everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.” That should be amended to “everyone who does not believe in, or appear to believe in, the individual right to keep and bear arms.”

The Sharps violated no law and yet their business has been shut down. Cutting off financial services is a path favored by the professional anti-gun activist class, who have not been able to have their gun control dreams enacted by law. If gun shops and manufacturers cannot be outlawed, the gun controllers seek to make them impossible to operate. Efforts to change the American tradition of gun ownership, to shift the gun-owning culture of the United States, catch small businesses like the Sharps’ that have nothing to do with operational firearms.

We know the Biden Administration wants to overturn the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that protects firearms manufacturers and sellers from frivolous lawsuits designed to bankrupt them.  Only time will tell if President Biden permanently blocks the protections against discrimination in banking President Trump established. If Biden clears the path to corporate gun control, your rights will be nullified at San Francisco cocktail parties. Law-abiding gun owners won’t be invited. Other than the security guards hired to protect the corporate overlords, that is.


About NRA-ILA:

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donfranko
donfranko (@donfranko)
9 months ago

My comment is “Awaiting for approval”..??????? Why, no foul language, no threats, just facts. Wow, even Ammoland gonna police us for the left now?

donfranko
donfranko (@donfranko)
9 months ago

Gun and ammo makers/sellers have some leverage. They just have to STOP selling to all law enforcement agencies in any state with severe 2A infringements, like CA, NY, NJ, etc. etc. No new guns, no parts, no ammo, for city, county and state law enforcement. Yes, that means losing some sales for a while. But that pressure would come to bear on the law makers of those states pretty quickly and the infringements would come to a screeching halt. If cops cant get guns and bullets, they will scream loudly at their bosses, the mayor and councils and governors.. As… Read more »

Bill
Bill (@bill1776)
10 months ago

I would hope that there could be at least three or four grounds for a successful lawsuit against people who arbitrarily destroy one’s business.

tsimpson
tsimpson (@tsimpson1217gmail-com)
10 months ago

“Everyone must determine for themselves what level of tyranny they are willing to tolerate.”

Some old white guy

Last edited 10 months ago by tsimpson
HLB
HLB (@hlb482gmail-com)
10 months ago

I have never been able to figure why only liberals run corporate and financial America. Maybe it is the same as all big cities being liberal, that is what attracts them.
HLB

PMinFl
PMinFl (@pminfl)
10 months ago
Reply to  HLB

With the progressives in control now maybe the idea of “nationalizing” these corporations as PUBLIC UTILITIES is in order. The possibility of such an occurrence should make them re-evaluate their policies.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
10 months ago
Reply to  PMinFl

“Is this a good (fair) price?”

Nationalizing companies for any reason is not a good idea.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
10 months ago

Put up a sign “Cash Only” and see if a bank or other company will install an ATM in your business. Credit Cards usually offer a cash advance option. No reason to close your business.

tsimpson
tsimpson (@tsimpson1217gmail-com)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Hard to do if 90% of your business is internet sales.

nrringlee
nrringlee (@nrringlee)
10 months ago

If you choose to live in a Progressive Totalitarian Utopia you must trade your liberty for comfort. It is that simple. I spent a year on the fenceline at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba watching Cubans brave the sharks, rip tides, land mines and Frontier Brigade to get to our side of the fence and freedom. I would love to hear your excuses as to why you continue to live under the thumb of communists. Semper Fidelis.