This will certainly work.
After the recent shooting in California, Jennifer Wexton (D-Va) introduced legislation that will force financial institutions to report on firearm purchases that might lead to mass shootings.
“Banks, credit card companies, and retailers have unique insight into the behavior and purchasing patterns that can help identify and prevent mass shootings. We know that financial intelligence can be an effective tool to combat gun violence in the same way it is for money laundering, human smuggling, and fentanyl trafficking,” Wexton said in a press release.
One of the questions that should always be asked before drafting legislation is: “How would this new idea prevent mass shootings?” The answer is always the same: It wouldn’t. Yet, they will tell you more government intrusion will reduce the number of shootings, despite having no evidence or facts – sorta like they tell us more taxes can make the planet’s climate less dangerous for future generations.
In reality, this is just a veiled attempt to make it more difficult for individuals to purchase guns. Banks and credit card companies would be required to spend enormous amounts of money to implement software systems that track and analyze consumer patterns and determine if a transaction is “suspicious.” The hope from the left is that in order to offset the costs, financial institutions might impose additional fees to consumers for firearm and ammunition purchases making transactions more expensive.
Sadly, supporters of gun rights will laud this legislation as “common sense” gun laws. In reality, it’s just more of the same – punishing law-abiding citizens because of bad people. Liberals don’t care about the bad people. If they did, they’d quickly clean up the streets where people are living in squalor and pooping on the sidewalks in liberal cities. Instead, it’s about “government compassion”. Funny how liberals are about compassion for people but they have a lot more homeless than say, you know, cities run by conservatives.
In fact, they care so much, they also want your guns.