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Bloomberg’s Gun Control Groups plan strategy to pressure companies to oppose gun ownership

16 Mar , 2014  

Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action want to push their “success” with Starbucks to other companies. In September, 2013, Starbucks issued the following policy:

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. . . .
Schultz hopes people will honor the request not to bring in guns but says the company will nevertheless serve those who do. . . .

But the Starbucks statement made no real change in allowing guns in their stores. As long as the stories don’t post and that isn’t supposed to happen, people will still be able to carry their guns in the stores. Their threatened boycott and media pressure did get a public statement from Starbucks. Efforts by Bloomberg’s groups against Staples and Facebook also appear to have come up short.

Better examples of what Bloomberg’s groups are trying to accomplish are Authorize.net and Bank of America which are making it difficult for companies that deal with guns to do business. Authorize.net, which is owned Visa, won’t handle the credit for companies that deal with guns.  Bank of America is no longer handling the business gun makers who have had accounts at their bank. These are the types of actions that will drive gun makers and sellers out of business.

Now the gun control groups are getting publicity for a new initiative to pressure other companies. From The Hill newspaper:

With no end in sight to the congressional gridlock that has thwarted more stringent federal gun laws, groups say they will continue to apply pressure on major companies.“Congress locked the door, so moms are going through the window,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

The gun control organization, modeled on Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has made the corporate push a third prong of its strategy, along with campaigns to influence state and federal policies, Watts said.

Pro-gun groups downplayed the likely effectiveness of these tactics, which have also been embraced by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Americans for Responsible Solutions. . . .

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