A U.S. senator sent a message Tuesday to two major banks, just to let them know that if they were feeling the heat up in the Windy City, they should mosey on down to the Lone Star State, where the right to bear arms is still respected.
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz’s letter came after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent a strongly-worded letter last week to the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group, urging them to cut their lines of credit to Smith & Wesson and Srurm, Ruger & Co. Both gun manufacturers make assault rifles based on the AT-15 platform as a part of their lines.
Recognizing an opportunity when he sees it, Cruz, a Republican from Texas, sent his own letter to the banks, the gunmakers and the Chicago mayor.
“In light of the reception you have received in the Windy City, please know that Texas would certainly welcome more of your business and the jobs you create,” Cruz wrote in the Jan. 29 letter, according to Fox News. “Texans value jobs and value freedom, and over 1,000 people a day are moving to Texas (often from cities like Chicago), because Texas is where the jobs are.”
Speaking directly to the gun makers, Cruz wrote that “should Emanuel’s bullying campaign prove successful, I am confident that there are numerous financial institutions in Texas that would be eager to earn your business.”
Cruz then spoke up on behalf of private businesses like gun makers and banks.
“We do not accept the notion that government officials should behave as bullies, trying to harass or pressure private companies into enlisting in a political lobbying campaign,” he said. “And we subscribe to the notion, quaint in some quarters, that private companies don’t work for elected officials; elected officials work for private citizens.”
Cruz also reminded Emanuel that his city had recently had to fork over $1 million in legal fees for unsuccessfully defending its handgun ban, and that the city’s strict gun laws have “produced some of the very highest crime and murder rates in the Nation.”
“Your continued anti-gun crusade may well cause some to wonder if the interests of the citizens of Chicago are being sacrificed in pursuit of a partisan agenda,” Cruz wrote.
Fox News said its calls to Emanuel requesting comment have not been returned.
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