The war on individual liberties and the Second Amendment took another step in favor of the globalist movement Saturday as Visa joined other major credit card companies in forging a path to restrict gun sales.
While the Federal Reserve considers the possibility of shifting United States currency to a central bank digital dollar at the urging of President Joe Biden, progressives have shown the authoritarian ends such a transition would help them make with pressures on private credit issuers. That included the campaign to get credit card companies to create a unique “merchant category code” for firearm sales to more readily monitor the legal purchases of American citizens.
On Saturday, Visa announced that they would be joining Mastercard and American Express in following the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new system for coding gun sales, as reported by the Associated Press.
“Following ISO’s decision to establish a new merchant category code, Visa will proceed with next steps, while ensuring we protect all legal commerce on the Visa network in accordance with our long-standing rules,” the company explained in a statement.
The ISO, a group of non-governmental bodies, proudly details on their website that they align with the United Nations’ 2030 Global Agenda tied firmly to the advancement of environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring that, in part, restricts an individual’s participation in the market based on their compliance to progressive policies.
As previously reported, American Express embraced the tenets of ESG and promotes their “three core pillars: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), Building Financial Confidence, and Advancing Climate Solutions with new long-term goals and initiatives.”
Fired Am Express employee says he was ‘sacrificed on the diversity, equity, and inclusion altar’ https://t.co/gnvShXH49Y
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 14, 2022
Reacting to the decision by the three major payment processors, National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesman Lars Dalseide said, “The (industry’s) decision to create a firearm specific code is nothing more than a capitulation to anti-gun politicians and activists bent on eroding the rights of law-abiding Americans one transaction at a time.”
Gun control advocates, who have already scored a major victory this year with moderate Republicans capitulation to federal taxpayer dollars being used to fund red flag laws, contended that the coding of gun sales would help identify suspicious purchase like the $26,000 worth of munitions purchased in advance of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy where 49 individuals were murdered.
As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted ahead of the announcement from Visa, “Credit card companies like [Visa], [Mastercard], and [American Express] can and should do more to help stop mass shootings. [Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA)] and I are urging these companies to step up and help identify suspicious purchases to prevent gun violence.”
Credit card companies like @Visa, @Mastercard, and @AmericanExpress can and should do more to help stop mass shootings.@RepDean and I are urging these companies to step up and help identify suspicious purchases to prevent gun violence.https://t.co/kkqsYxpmzd
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 6, 2022
Likewise, progressive New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) who has continued to combat gun rights since taking office in January attempted to argue such a move was “common sense.” “When you buy an airline ticket or pay for your groceries, your credit card company has a special code for those retailers,” his statement read. “It’s just common sense that we have the same policies in place for gun and ammunition stores.”
When you pay for your groceries, your credit card company has a special code for those retailers. It’s just commonsense that we have the same policies for gun and ammunition stores. I’m proud to join @NYCComptroller and our state partners to call for this important policy change. https://t.co/wcnhx6IIxf
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) August 30, 2022
Aside from the obvious risk to Second Amendment rights that such policies impose, one person zeroed in on the “slippery slope” that this presents as digital currencies and woke credit scoring would allow for total manipulation of the market to control what behaviors and purchases individuals are capable of making.
Shhh, this is the part they don’t want to say out loud. Yet.
— Silence Dogood (@lordthx1139) September 8, 2022
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