Following Visa’s announcement that it would comply with international standards to create a new merchant code for gun purchases, a closer look at its initial reluctance begged the question, “Where is the pressure coming from?”
Saturday, payment processor Visa joined American Express and Mastercard in the establishment of a separate identifier for gun purchases under the premise of making it easier to pinpoint suspicious gun purchases. As previously reported, the move had all the markings of the globalist movement’s push for control through environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring, and Monday on his radio program, Glenn Beck broke down precisely how.
“This originated with the progressive left in Congress,” he initially stated, referring to a letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) that he read from, “The creation of a new merchant category code for gun and ammunition retail stores will be the first step,’ they always say this and nobody listens, ‘will be the first step towards facilitating the collection of valuable financial data that could help law enforcement in countering the financing of terrorism efforts.”
However, Warren and her progressive allies in Congress did not dream up this initiative on their own as Beck pointed out. Amalgamated Bank, a union-owned financial institution, was reportedly behind the promotion of the idea. This same SEIU operation, the radio host detailed, “is the bank that brought the Paris Accord financial framework to the United States financial institutions as well.”
Now, Robert B. Thomson III, the senior vice president of Visa who had been corresponding with Warren did not initially take to the proposal and responded to her letter by writing in part, “We believe asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.”
The big three credit card companies say they will start tracking gun purchases, making it easier to track gun owners – and to stop sales. Big threat to Second Amendment rights. I want to know from the corporations why they capitulated to the anti-2A lobby pic.twitter.com/lr9tdQPlZj
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 13, 2022
Still, Visa caved and adopted the standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) had his own take on what might be behind it. He joined Fox News host Laura Ingraham Monday on “The Ingraham Angle” to contend that the Justice Department, believed to be conducting politically motivated investigations against conservatives, may have been motivating Warren and her colleagues to promote this new merchant code.
“I’m very much looking forward to the ability to issue subpoenas from the Judiciary Committee to get communications from the DOJ, the FBI, [President Joe Biden’s] administration, Democratic senators and congressmen and women that asked these different credit card companies to do this, because I would not be shocked that in a year from now we find out that it was the FBI that asked these credit card companies to start keeping track of this data,” he argued, “just like they asked Zuckerberg with Facebook to, you know, diminish Russian disinformation on the Hunter Biden laptop story.”
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“I would not be shocked if the FBI was involved in this,” Steube reiterated and slammed them for, “absolutely taking steps to take away your constitutional rights.”
Meanwhile, Beck further delved into Amalgamated Bank’s involvement and brought up comments from the president and CEO, Priscilla Sims Brown.
“‘We all have to do our part to stop gun violence and sometimes it starts with illegal purchases of guns and ammunition.’ Right,” Beck said as he read off her view on the code. “‘The new code will allow us to fully comply with our duty to report suspicious activity and illegal gun sales.'”
“Why?” the hall of fame host asked. “When you’re going out and you’re buying a gun as a drug dealer, do you use your AmEx Centurion card?”
He continued by quoting Brown, “This action answers the call of millions of Americans who want safety from gun violence and we are proud to have led the broad coalition of advocates, shareholders and elected officials that achieved this historic outcome.”
“‘If we did have a merchant code for gun stores, we could detect patterns that would indicate that there had been something unusual going on.’ So now we’re not looking for individuals, we’re looking for patterns,” Beck highlighted as the connections toward the ultimate goal of monitoring and control clicked into place.
Much like Steube, he concluded that there was more at play to the pressure coming down on Visa and asked ahead of more information, “Where is the pressure coming from? Is it the banking industry, is it the government or is it both?”
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