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Beto Takes Aim at Gun Rights, Hits Planned Parenthood, Illegals
Beto O’Rourke (YouTube screenshot)

Going into the Democratic debate in Houston, presidential candidate and Texan Beto O’Rourke had a “genius” moment. Tweeted Beto:

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.

Got that?

Credit card companies “enable many of America’s mass shootings” by allowing their cards to be used to purchase guns, and so “they need to cut off” the use of credit cards for gun purchases.

Well, now.

In this genius move Beto has now, in an instant, made plain that pressuring credit card companies to stop the financial support of something the Left doesn’t like — gun rights — is an acceptable tactic. Opening the door wide to those opposed to groups like, say, Planned Parenthood or UnidosUS, which seek donations in their campaigns to support abortion and illegal immigration, respectively. Donations that, their respective websites make clear, can be paid for by credit cards. As seen here and here.

Uh oh.

And Beto isn’t alone in this, either.

As noted a while back, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his power as governor to demand that financial institutions in his state target the NRA. As reported by Fox:

In April, Cuomo directed the state’s Department of Financial Services to encourage insurance companies, banks and other financial services companies licensed in New York state to review whether business interactions with the NRA and “other similar organizations” would pose “reputational risk.”

New York may have the strongest gun laws in the country, but we must push further to ensure that gun safety is a top priority for every individual, company, and organization that does business across the state,” Cuomo said at the time.

New York Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said the agency “urges all insurance companies and banks doing business in New York to join the companies that have already discontinued their arrangements with the NRA.”

In May, the department hit Lockton Affinity with a $7 million fine and Chub Ltd. with a $1.3 million fine for their involvement with the NRA’s “Carry Guard” insurance for gun owners that use a firearm in self-defense but face civil or criminal liability expenses. Both companies dropped the NRA. The Second Amendment group now contends it has trouble getting corporate insurance because companies fear state investigation, while banks have declined to provide financial services for the organization.

At the time, NRA lawyer pointed out the obvious:

“If the script was flipped, and a conservative governor of Kansas was very pro-life, his administration could target Planned Parenthood’s financial activity,” Brewer added. “Or, if it’s another governor, the administration could target the finances of Friends of the Earth or the Sierra Club.”


It is beyond remarkable that Beto is oblivious to the fact that if he ever succeeded in getting credit card companies to target gun owners, it would take a political nanosecond to open Planned Parenthood and UnidosUS to being targeted in exactly the same fashion.

All of this is, of course, yet one more example of the totalitarian instincts of the American Left. From Media Matters — which seeks to bully advertisers on Fox into leaving by running campaigns to silence Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson — to the masked thugs of Antifa, who use clubs to physically assault anyone who disagrees with them, to the college campuses where conservative speakers are either physically assaulted or barred from speaking, what America is confronted with is a violent, repressive movement that is out to strip Americans of their constitutional rights.

Amazingly, Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn blurted out a dangerous truth. As written up at the time over here at Breitbart, Clyburn put it this way during an appearance on MSNBC:

“I really believe sincerely — the climate that we’re in today — if the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution, were put before the public today, I’m not too sure that we would hold onto the Bill of Rights,” Clyburn declared during the interview with MSNBC. “Especially when I see what people are doing with the Second Amendment and no telling what they would do with the First Amendment.”

MSNBC’s David Gura responded, “You really believe that? That’s a startling statement. You believe that?”

Absolutely,” Clyburn replied. “There would be a strong support against the Bill of Rights. Go through the Bill of Rights and I’ll tell you I run into people every day who would like to see so much of those guarantees uprooted.”

Doubtless Clyburn was not thinking of Beto O’Rourke when he said this, but Beto himself has stepped forward to exactly illustrate Clyburn’s point.

With a blissful naiveté, Beto has opened up a can of worms that his nominal allies can easily find targeting themselves.

Genius. Pure political genius.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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