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Will a corporatist policy work on gun control?

Will a corporatist policy work on gun control?

In order to pass Obamacare, Obama bought off the drug industry, so much so that a consortium of drug companies ran ads in favor of the de facto nationalization of health care sector of the economy.

The same approach may be used in connection with gun control:

The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions….

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses….

For instance, this person suggested, Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers may have an incentive to support closing a loophole that allows people to bypass background checks if they purchase firearms at gun shows or through other types of private sales. That could result in more people buying guns in retail stores….

In that regard, reader Dave emails:

I just sent a mail to Wal Mart corporate (from their web site) letting them know I would support them in opposing efforts by the President to restrict our 2nd amendment rights. I noted that I have always supported them in the public arena when Union organized opposition to their new stores came up and my family does a lot of business with them. I consider them an American success story and example of the benefits of free enterprise. Although not a current gun owner I am an NRA member and would look elsewhere to send my business if Wal-Mart supported the President’s gun control efforts.

I would appreciate it if you would encourage your readers to do the same. Better to be supportive and pro-active than reactive.

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…Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers may have an incentive to support closing a loophole that allows people to bypass background checks if they purchase firearms at gun shows or through other types of private sales.

Lenin said, The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with. His insight endures.

(NB: I don’t consider Obama an American Lenin, but he might be the precursor to the precursor of an American Lenin, especially if the Right refuses to get its act together.)

    Mary Sue in reply to gs. | January 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Whether Obama is an American precursor or Lenin himself is a slope question of the slippery sort. It does seem he is not even bothering with the mask we saw through way back in 2008. Boehner shouldn’t have needed the education at Obama’s knee recently. Nevertheless, I was even a bit stunned Obama has so honest:

    What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation: “At one point several weeks ago,” Mr. Boehner says, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’ ”

    Why has the president been such an immovable force when it comes to cutting spending? “Two reasons,” Mr. Boehner says. “He’s so ideological himself, and he’s unwilling to take on the left wing of his own party.” That reluctance explains why Mr. Obama originally agreed with the Boehner proposal to raise the retirement age for Medicare, the speaker says, but then “pulled back. He admitted in meetings that he couldn’t sell things to his own members. But he didn’t even want to try.”

    No wonder Obama wants to turn his focus to gun control. Obama has little to nothing to offer the fiscal debate. I suspect he has a bit less credibility with the uninformed masses who were fine with soaking the rich until they got soaked themselves in their first 2013 paycheck. Best to quickly float a shiny new object to distract them in the form of gun control.

    If ever there was a time the right needed to get their act together it is now.

“I just sent a mail to Wal Mart corporate (from their web site) letting them know I would support them in opposing efforts by the President to restrict our 2nd amendment rights…I would appreciate it if you would encourage your readers to do the same. Better to be supportive and pro-active than reactive.”

Great idea. I just did the same.

    Voyager in reply to ReReFicoli. | January 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    God. I ended up emailing them too Sunday night. I’ve never done anything like that before in my life.

    Scary as hell thing to do too.

I don’t know if Wal Mart would back this proposal because it’s not really going to cause increased sales for them. It would increase revenue for smaller dealers who perform transfers and they are the ones I’d watch in this debate.

As an example: My neighbor purchases a shotgun over the internet. He informs them that I will be handling the transfer. The firearm is shipped to me, I do the paperwork and collect a fee. If he decides to sell that shotgun to a friend in a couple of years, he’s not required to complete that transaction through a FFL. If they changed the law to require private sales to be handled by a FFL, the new buyer would have to come to my office to fill out the ATF form 4473 and submit to a FBI check. And they would have to pay my fee in order to receive the firearm. Wal Mart wouldn’t benefit because they don’t perform transfers on firearms they didn’t sell. Now let me be clear… I am adamantly opposed to forcing private sales through a FFL but I’d be willing to bet there’s a lot of other small dealers who would be supportive because it would increase their revenue. They’re the ones to watch.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Sanddog. | January 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I suspect that better educated shop owners might be reluctant to participate. Sure, there is extra revenue, but it also places them into the liability chain for lawsuits. Not sure about elsewhere, but most of the FFL’s I know (that fit the above scenario) will only receive shipments for established customers.

    This scenario of arm twisting seems much more likely:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/unreal-bofa-freezes-gun-manufacturers-deposits-saying-we-believe-you-should-not-be-selling-guns-on-the-internet/

      There really isn’t any liability if you perform a transfer, unless you know or have a very strong suspicion that it’s a straw purchase or the person is going to use their legal weapon for an illegal purpose (at that point you tell them you can’t complete the transfer). The majority of transfers I do are for people I’ve never met. I meet them at my office and talk to them before we ever start the paperwork so I can get a feel for who I’m dealing with. The bottom line is if the FBI clears them, they are legally entitled to walk out my door with the firearm they’ve already purchased. I don’t get to pick and choose who is allowed to own a firearm.

      I also know several FFLs who won’t perform transfers for anyone but their customers. They want to SELL the firearms, not simply handle the transfers. Since this isn’t my primary business, I don’t mind doing just transfers because I’ve used them to sell my firearms training classes. Whether I sell a firearm or perform a transfer, I receive more benefit by running someone through my classes.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Sanddog. | January 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Additional thought:

    Remember the shop owners that blew the whistle on Fast and Furious…..

TrooperJohnSmith | January 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Right on the money! Dick’s Sporting Goods folded on the issue, and I wrote them to say I’ve spent my last dime in their business. I included copies of most of my 2012 and the 2011 purchase receipts I could find, totaling some 900-bucks and change.

    serfer1962 in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | January 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Bank of America is participating by impounding gun dealer’s deposited money as the deposit is “under review”.
    Add Costco to the list of heavy donars to the Kommiecrat in the WH

I support Ted Cruz’s position with the proviso that concealed carry license holders be exempt as they have already gone through a rather stringent background check.

Otherwise, watch out for a Jeffersonian style revolution…

Bravo, Dave! I will do likewise. I’ll message Target, Sear/K-Mart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods as well.

Remember this Administration has expressly adopted an Industrial Policy/Central Planning approach to the economy based on Sustainability. The official attitude toward business is be a political player on all our agendas or you have no right to exist.

The approach toward why Communism did not work is that it did not put sufficient revenue in state coffers for the nomenklatura’s tastes.

We are officially dealing with a Thugocracy mindset and a belief that “Governments Must Facilitate Everything.”http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/and-governments-must-facilitate-everything/

Get used to it. Elections have consequences. As Chrysler started, property and contract rights only exist on a sufferance basis. Until wanted by the powers that be.

Wal-Mart et al. will; be offered incentives on the one hand and, um, disincentives on the other if they don’t play along.

I am starting to to think that Obama’s middle name is not really Hussein. It’s Corleone.

I saw this story on Instapundit this morning and sent the following email to Walmart corporate before work:

Dear Sir or Madam:

This morning, I read a troubling article indicating that the Obama White House planned to align with retailers, such as Wal-Mart, in its effort to pass greater gun control and undermine our fundamental right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. As someone who has shopped at Wal-Mart for years, I would hope that you could confirm there is no truth to such reports. I sincerely hope that Wal-Mart would not support gun control legislation, even if it promised greater short term profits, and undermine the rights and liberties of its customers. I look forward to hearing from you.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/crony-capitalism-obama-going-for-gun-control-with-tactic-used-to-pass-obamacare/article/2517685

A concerned customer,

Feel free to borrow the template.

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