Firearms

Regarding Citigroup’s U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy

First it was Ed Stack of Dick’s, candidate for biggest hypocrite in America. Now we have Citigroup’s statement regarding restrictions on the sales practices of its “business partners” in the gun industry. My response. . .

I may take Citigroup’s born again experience more seriously when it targets more common agents of death like cancer by not recommending the purchase of stocks like British American Tobacco (H/T Miguel at GFZ).

I think this is the same Citigroup that in 2015 paid $400 million to settle a lawsuit for manipulating foreign exchange rates.

And has a corporate rap sheet a mile long.

If they are so awful, why doesn’t Citigroup begin by cleaning up its own house and fire any employees who own or possess high capacity magazines, or any employees under the age of 21 who own guns at all?

Of course many of my fellow liberals are rejoicing at Citigroup’s hypocritical moralizing, proving once again that we adhere as much as anyone to the ancient proverb that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend.”

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7 thoughts on “Regarding Citigroup’s U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy

  1. I suspect this had far more to do with Citi’s perception of its bottom line than with moralizing; perhaps they think they can gain more customers this way than they lose. Then again, the same can be said of the gun or car industries–the bible is the bottom line. I’m not much of a believer in thinking that major companies are moral stalwarts.

    Closed course, professional driver. Don’t try this at home. I wonder if Citi finances CO2 belching SUVs and McMansions.

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  2. First, Dicks, (which I really didn’t spend very much with) then REI who’s card I have had for over a decade, now Citi. All this after the fight to find insurance after the whole lockton debacle. It is becoming nearly impossible to do business with a company friendly (or at least tolerant) of the gun culture. Which is of course the whole idea.

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    • Didn’t know about REI piling on. Oh, great–so much for using my member dividend. Fortunately, the local bike shops here carry Bell, Giro, Camelbak, and Blackburn. Spend my money elsewhere.

      I looked at Vista and other than Savage Arms (which makes traditional as well as “modern sporting rifles”, a euphemism that as a gun enthusiast, I find hilarious) most of the companies make ammo, reloading stuff, or soft gunsport products. Sigh. And liberals wonder why this topic is so polarized.

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    • Dang, I didn’t know about Lockton (but I have my carry insurance elsewhere). I do have to deal with them, though, as I run motorsports events for my car club and that’s who the national office contracts with.

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  3. The very first credit card I ever had was (and is) my Citi Visa, which I got in ’87. I also picked up a Citi Shell Visa in ’03. Now I’m going to end 31-year and 15-year accounts because of their social posturing and policy.

    I’m pretty sure regular readers of Gun Culture 2.0 recognize the flawed and ignorant thinking of Citi’s three points made in their blog post, but I wonder if Citi does. The points sound to have been made by someone (or a committee) who doesn’t understand what they’re saying. For #1, anyone using a credit card for a firearms transaction is necessarily dealing with a business. Thus, all of those transactions *do* already require background checks. For #2, suggesting legal products should not be sold to folks who can legally own them is troubling. For #3, legal products are legal (sorry for the tautology).

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