Corporations are expunging our Bill of Rights
Expunge: Definition "To erase, delete, strike out, eliminate completely, wipe out, obliterate"
While it may seem trendy to have anti-gun Corporations, the ramifications are severe. Corporations have the right to certain restrictions within its borders, yet is it legal to limit free speech, religion or other Constitutionally protected rights?
Businesses, who serve the public for money, are choosing who they will serve. It seems “protected” classes of individuals can force a business to serve them, yet for the masses who believe defending oneself is secured by our Second Amendment, it’s okay to refuse you service. Both legal, and both protected by our Bill of Rights.
I believe as passionately in my right to defend my life and the lives of my loved ones as my right to choose my religion or my right to free speech. If I’m dead or severely injured I can’t enjoy religion or speech. If my family or loved ones are injured or killed because my right to defend them was truncated by business or government - no amount of free speech or religion will bring them back. Judge me if you will, but the Second Amendment is as serious to me as my religion and guaranteed in our Constitution.
Yet businesses are currently denying my rights of service and my right to make a living in the firearms industry and no one is holding them accountable.
- The majority of banks have fully spurned firearm businesses. Funding for projects and inventory are currently being denied. Firearm businesses and firearms are currently being expunged from the market.
- The majority of credit card companies have refused to do business with the shooting sports. Without being able to process credit cards, firearm businesses and firearms are currently being expunged from the market.
- Facebook, Facebook Marketplace and Instagram are currently banning any marketing for firearms or related products and are banning certain topics related to firearms, currently expunging our social media voice and expunging firearms.
- Dicks, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Starbucks, Target, Panera, Kroger, Chili’s, Costco, Trader Joes & Chipotle to name a few have come out against firearms in their facilities and are currently expunging firearm owners who choose the right to defend themselves.
I guess if you believe big business and big government is the answer this seems fair. You are willing to be controlled, hoping someone besides yourself will be responsible for your life. Say, you hate guns… How are you going to feel when big business goes after your ‘First Amendment’ for religion or speech, or your ‘Fourth Amendment’ right not to have unreasonable search of information (happening now with social media giants), or the ‘Fifth Amendment’ where social trolls backed by social network monopolies deprive you of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law (that’s happening too) etc…etc…
You can’t “cherry pick” which Constitutional components you want. The document is a balance, thought long and hard by some of the smartest people in history who were actively engaged in thwarting a repressive government. Take one piece away and the document and your rights crumble, especially in the Bill of Rights. These were given expressly to you and me. Individual rights to keep more powerful constituencies at bay.
Right wingers want to blame this movement on “the left” or “progressives”. Yet this is middle American businesses aligning against our Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Conservative and liberal businesses alike. You can’t get much more middle American than Walmart.
Corporations are now expunging our Bill of Rights in the name of profits. Don’t kid yourself that this is about compassion. Business is now making a bet that the public will shower it in profits for its move against the Bill of Rights. We once had a Revolution to stop a draconian government. We had a civil war to come to terms with human rights. It’s time for a movement against businesses to end this march towards expunging our Bill of Rights. Count me in.