May 19, 2014

FOD - God Bless Texas Edition

I am frequently reminded of the reasons why I reside in the Great State of Texas.  This weekend was a stellar example, as I attended a combat pistol course with my oldest child.  A small arsenal of weaponry, thousands of rounds of ammo, good people, intelligent instruction, and all without permits, registrations, or licenses.

We blew through ~300 rounds of handgun ammo, each, over the course of the day, which was fun while it lasted, but for which I am paying the price today.  Sunburned, bruised, and missing some skin on the top of my thumb, but a better shot and more confident than before in my ability to protect myself, my family, or other innocent people, should a bad guy cross my path.

Obama would like to prevent law-abiding citizens, like me, from owning a gun.  As libs have been schooled on matters Constitutional, they have increasingly resorted to backdoor tactics to control guns in the USA.
Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales.
Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as “high risk” along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department has launched Operation Choke Point, a credit card fraud probe focusing on banks and payment processors. The threat of enforcement has prompted some banks to cut ties with online gun retailers, even if those companies have valid licenses and good credit histories.
“This administration has very clearly told the banking industry which customers they feel represent ‘reputational risk’ to do business with,” said Peter Weinstock, a lawyer at Hunton & Williams LLP. “So financial institutions are reacting to this extraordinary enforcement arsenal by being ultra-conservative in who they do business with: Any companies that engage in any margin of risk as defined by this administration are being dropped.”
It isn't just guns; payday lenders, porn shops, and head shops were low-hanging fruit for Operation Choke Point.  Isn't the basis of 'freedom' the premise that my opinion of what you do, or sell, doesn't matter, as long as it doesn't harm me or my own?  We should be shaking in our boots that the government increasingly chooses to control in the shadows.  These aren't issues that are debated in the open.  This isn't legislation that is voted on by our elected representatives.  This is big government overreach.  This is a dictator and his minions doing whatever they please, getting their way because 44% of our population doesn't care enough about our foundational principals to vote for people that will protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

Yes, it's big government overreach. But 'they' get away with it because no one - including our elected representatives of the 'loyal opposition' - stand up and cry "Enough!"

I don't know if that's due to ignorance or apathy (as the old joke goes, I don't know and I don't care), but there's so much of that crap going on these days that my sense of outrage is close to burning out.