Citi Group Hypocrisy

Citigroup is getting medieval with gun related businesses because Guns Are Bad.

Yet, they have no problem recommending tobacco investments to its clients?

This is from the CDC Fact Sheet about Smoking & Tobacco Use.

  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults.
  • More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.

But I am the problem. I am the uncaring asshole. They are the kings of morality and Love The Little Children. Rubbish!

They hate us. They want us under submission even if it means we need to die. We are to conform to what they dictate or else they will strangle us till we quit, renounce or die.

Ladies and Gents, what we are seeing is Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the United States.

But Gun Culture ain’t gonna lay down and take it.


My idea about Citigroup.

Instead of boycott, why don’t several million gun owners decided to buy one or two shares a piece and then we have one representative go have a nice little chat with them about this dumb policy?

You reckon they would pay attention to somebody that represents 10 million shares?

Just a thought.

Goebbels Jr. is a raging Lefty hypocrite

After spring break, all Broward County students will be required to wear student ID at all times.

Hogg wants universal background checks and all gun sales to be over age 21, which will obviously require some form of goverment issued ID to verify.


He thinks that requiring ID to vote is racist.

Yeah, it makes to sense to me too.  This is just further proof that he isn’t really interested in reducing gun violence or increasing school safety, just pushing a far left Liberal agenda with his unassailable victim status.

Hypocrite asshole.


Goodbye Citigroup

Citigroup sent out this Tweet:

This is the full text of Citigroup’s new policy (relevant text in bold):

For too many years, in too many places, our country has seen acts of gun violence that have resulted in heartbreaking losses. We are all too familiar with them and there is no need to recount them here.

Over the same amount of time, we have waited for our grief to turn into action and see our nation adopt common-sense measures that would help prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands. That action has sadly never come and as the weeks pass after the most recent mass shooting, it appears we are stuck in the same cycle of tragedy and inaction.

As a society, we all know that something needs to change. And as a company, we feel we must do our part.

Today, our CEO announced Citi is instituting a new U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy. It is not centered on an ideological mission to rid the world of firearms. That is not what we seek. There are millions of Americans who use firearms for recreational and other legitimate purposes, and we respect their Constitutional right to do so.

But we want to do our part as a company to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands. So our new policy centers around current firearms sales best practices that will guide those we do business with as a firm.

Under this new policy, we will require new retail sector clients or partners to adhere to these best practices: (1) they don’t sell firearms to someone who hasn’t passed a background check, (2) they restrict the sale of firearms for individuals under 21 years of age, and (3) they don’t sell bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. This policy will apply across the firm, including to small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners, whether co-brand or private label. It doesn’t impact the ability of consumers to use their Citi cards at merchants of their choice.

We know our clients also care about these issues and we have begun to engage with them in the hope that they will adopt these best practices over the coming months. If they opt not to, we will respect their decision and work with them to transition their business away from Citi.

We have few relationships with companies that manufacture firearms. For those that do, we will be initiating due diligence conversations on the subject to better understand what products they make, what markets and retailers they sell to and what sales practices those retailers follow to ensure adherence to the best practices outlined above. This same due diligence screening will apply to potential clients going forward.

These common-sense sales practices already have widespread public support according to recent polling and they are easy to implement. Some, like Walmart, have gone even further.

We recognize that we don’t have all the answers and that existing technology in our industry doesn’t allow for a more targeted approach at points of sale. For that reason, we would like to convene those in the financial services industry and other stakeholders to tackle these challenges together and see what we can do. This approach has worked well in areas such as sustainability, where the Equator Principles ushered in a new era of environmentally and socially responsible financing practices. We hope to leverage collective action to encourage responsible practices by all who sell firearms. As best practices evolve, we will update our policies accordingly.

We know that the actions we are taking today will invite passion on both sides. We don’t have the perfect solution but we have come to the conclusion that we must do our part to keep guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm. And we hope our actions help achieve that vital goal.

Yes, you read that correctly.  No more bump stock, high capacity magazines (undefined), or sales to anybody under 21.

Citigroup wants to restrict gun sales to a standard higher than federal law.

Did CEO Michael Corbat, not read about Dick’s sales loss and stock devaluation?

Citigroup is publicly traded.  Doesn’t the CEO with his $23 Million dollar salary owe his shareholders some fiduciary duty?

It’s not a question of if Citi’s stock will tumble, but by how far.

I guess there was a credit card company management dumb enough to throw away their share of a $13 Billion annual market.

It’s a good thing that my Cabela’s Club card is a Visa.


YouTube Bans Firearms Videos.

YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the U.S. gun-control debate.
YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories, including bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire faster. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms. The video site, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has faced intense criticism for hosting videos about guns, bombs and other deadly weapons.

YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

And they can afford it since they are global. Pissing off measly 80 million gun owners is not going to do anything but create malcontents that will backfire in the future if they are ever run foul of .Gov and need support here in the US.

But here is the kicker: They are too big. I don’t care how many and how complicated the alogarithm they design, it simply can’t watch, hear or analyze  the video proper, just the keywords and titles.

Ebay stopped selling Magazines of Unusual Size and other accessories. In fact, if your auction mentions AR 15, you can eventually kiss it goodbye. Do you know how much shit is being sold for AR 15 in Ebay? Let’s say I spent a coupe of nights way too long once I figured out the search string.

Another company with a long-time tradition is Paypal:

 We don’t allow PayPal members to buy or sell any kind of firearm, whether it’s in working order or not. The same goes for certain firearm parts and ammunition.

For example, using PayPal, you can’t buy or sell:
Any firearm, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, whether they’re for sport and recreation, collectibles, or curio or relic firearms.
Firearm parts, including but not limited to receivers and frames, silencers, and kits designed to modify guns so that they fire automatically. High capacity magazines, multi-burst trigger activators, and camouflaging firearm containers are other items in this category.
Ammunition, including propellants like gunpowder or blank ammunition; ammunition or cartridge cases; and primers, bullets, or propellant powder designed for any firearm.

What is PayPal’s policy on transactions that involve firearms?

Stop laughing. I can hear you all the way here. You guys have no shame.

It is simple: 80 million Gun Owners are not going to be shamed into hiding. Those 80 million who are being dumped, are suddenly music to the ears of some other company that wants viewership.

Sorry, we are not going anywhere. We are like the old Gay Pride movement but with less fashion taste and many more guns than the government by a factor of hundreds.



Biasing Towards The Normal. – Misfires And Light Strikes

What will change America’s attitude on guns: Open carry marches and rants about “Freedom’s clenched fist,” or taking your friends, family and co-workers out to a shooting range?
Some people are activists to make themselves feel good. Some do it to change the world.
Take someone shooting. The world you change may be your own.

Biasing Towards The Normal.

Yes, yes and 100 times yes.

Combat arms and teachers

I’m coming back to the armed teacher thing because I was recently flooded with articles by combat veterans on why arming teachers is a bad idea.

I said it before, I hate the phrase “arming teachers.”  I do not want to put a gun in the hands of someone who doesn’t want it.  I am not drafting people into an army.  This may be a semantic argument but my feeling is that any teacher or principal who wants to be armed in school should be allowed to.

I think the semantics are important because the “arming teachers” language has led to a series of articles with a common thesis “I served in combat and Iraq/Afghanistan and teachers shouldn’t have guns because they are not soldiers.”

From Buzzfeed:

Some of the loudest voices opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm “highly trained” teachers to protect students belong to the group that knows best what it’s like to confront someone with a gun: military combat veterans.

“There is a gulf between being taught how to handle a weapon, and learning to fight. Those are two distinct things,” Brandon Friedman, a former Army captain who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later served in the Obama administration, told BuzzFeed News. “And learning how to fight, how to stand your ground when an aggressor is trying to kill you, that’s not something that comes naturally to people.”

Learning how to fight takes training — military training.

“So in order to teach, now you have to be a soldier? That’s insane,” he said.

“They have this Hollywood view of what a gunfight is like,” Friedman said. “Veterans know first hand (that) until you’ve been shot at, and seen how people react in these situations, you can’t wrap your mind around it.”

This was the same guy who posted this on Twitter.

So my ability to own an AR is forfeit because I have degenerate disc disease?  What other civil rights should people with physical limitations give up?

From Esquire:

“While soldiers/security are trained to run to the sound of the guns…not all do for a variety of psychological reasons. It happens more often than most would think, and it’s part of human nature,” he said.

As veterans who’ve experienced combat will tell you, no one ever really knows how he or she will perform in a situation like this until they get there. Acting like a swaggering action hero is not something many people can do, no matter how much they fantasize about it.

A school is not a combat zone. Somebody who is a sheriff’s deputy at a high school, a security officer, are they running ranges every day? Is he proficient with a firearm? There is a difference between being proficient with a firearm and someone who is in the mindset in which they are ready to engage at all times. Which takes us right to the heart of this idiocy of this proposal to arm teachers.

Beyond the training one is doing physically, I think it’s always important to remember the training and the great lengths the military goes to to get someone in a mental position to engage someone. We talk all the time about how teachers are dealing with things on a day-to-day basis that require extra levels of empathy. You know what requires no empathy? Shooting another human being. We’d be forcing teachers to go to great lengths to dehumanize their own students.

From Charlotte Five:

Defending children is a must, but putting a firearm in the hands of even the most trained teacher isn’t the answer. Anyone suggesting this solution has clearly never experienced a situation like the one seen in Parkland because it oversimplifies the complexity of an active shooter situation, especially in close-quarters. It is not as easy as a “good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun.”

I ask that you take a few minutes to understand my perspective and why I feel strongly about this matter. Before recently moving to Charlotte, I served for three and half years as an Army infantryman, stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I deployed to Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province in 2011. By the time my tour was over, I left a place that claimed two members from my company, cost six others at least one limb, wounded over 25 percent of our total force, and left me with shrapnel in my face and a bullet hole in my left thigh. When I saw the news flash of another school shooting I couldn’t help but think of the firefights I had been involved in and how these students and teachers just encountered their own version of Afghanistan.

Regardless of training, you don’t know how people will respond in life and death situations until the moment comes. You don’t know how people will react when they hear gunshots. You don’t know how people will react when the person next to them is shot. You don’t know how a person will respond when their task is shooting someone they know or taught. You just don’t know.

And now we are expecting teachers, even with training, to perfectly handle this situation. I say perfectly because anything less could mean even more tragedy and death. This isn’t a movie where bullets always miss the hero. These teachers aren’t action stars. These are average people, who more likely than not, have never come close to experiencing anything like this.

From Business Insider:

“Shooting under stress is extremely difficult. Even for the most well-trained shooters,” Jay Kirell, an Afghanistan veteran who has written about difficulties veterans face in civilian life, tweeted. “A teacher is not going to be able to do this. Cops & soldiers literally get paid to do this & most of them can’t shoot accurately under stress.”

“Not because they suck, but because it’s nearly impossible to hit a target in one shot when pumped full of adrenaline,” Kirell added. “And if you’re in a school with a shooter and dozens of children, if you’re not shooting accurately you’re just creating crossfire.”

Data compiled by the New York City Police Department underscores the difficulty of firing accurately in challenging situations.

In 2005, NYPD officers intentionally fired their guns at someone 472 times, hitting their mark 82 times. In 2006, New York police fired under the same circumstances 364 times, hitting their target 103 times. That same year, Los Angeles police fired 67 times, recording 27 hits.

Honestly, I think that says more about how shitty the NYPD is than anything else.  I wouldn’t hold them up as the paragon of urban defensive tactics when they are encouraged not to practice shooting with guns modified to be more difficult to shoot to prevent accidental discharges because teaching trigger discipline is hard.

From Task and Purpose:

(Forgive me, but Task and Purpose seems like a really Lefty magazine for the military.  It may be just a semantic thing, but I have a problem with a military magazine that has a column titled “The Long March” knowing what the significance of that phrase has in Marxist Communism.)

Instead of would-be Rambos, Trump’s logic goes, perhaps it’s those Americans who fully understand and respect the power of firearms who are worthy of safeguarding our schoolchildren. To which a lot of veterans on Twitter responded: Fuck that noise.

So there you go, multiple veterans from multiple sources telling us why arming teachers would be a disaster.

I am not a combat veteran.  I mean no disrespect to the majority of people who have served, but fuck that and fuck these veterans.

This falls in the same family of arguments that I’ve seen made by police against concealed carry and by police and members of the military against owning AR-15’s.

It all boils down to an appeal to authority: “you’re just a shitty civilian, you don’t know how to use that gun under stress, you’ll only make things worse, leave the guns to us.”

It’s an obnoxious as hell argument.

Especially because what I am advocating for isn’t to turn teachers into SWAT teams or infantry units.  I don’t expect teachers to engage in combined arms squad tactics.

What  I do want is for people who want to be able to defend themselves to be able to to that.

At Virginia Tech, Seung-Hui Cho killed students when he was able to get through an insufficiently barricaded door.  Police call a breach like the the fatal funnel.  It doesn’t take combined arms training to know to take a defensive position and aim at the door in case the shooter comes in.

Hell, there is little evidence that a teacher has to hit the shooter to be effective.  As per the last news I read on the recent Maryland school shooting, it is unclear if the cop or the shooter fired the fatal shot (it may have been a suicide once engaged).

It’s not about bounding overwatch or slicing the pie.  Those are great to learn.  At the end of the day it’s about self defense.

One of my favorite books, and movies is We Were Soldiers… (Once, and Young).  Joseph L. Galloway was a reporter and conscientious objector.  When his position was overrun he put down his camera, picked up an M-16 and defended himself.

I will at this point deffer to one of the greatest soldiers of 20th century American History, Command Sargent Major, Basil L. Plumley, giving one of the simplest orders ever given in combat.

(Note that it was Joe Galloway, played by Barry Pepper that the camera cuts to next – just to prove my point.)

That’s the point, this is about the simplicity of self defense.  That is a right that shouldn’t be stripped from people.

It’s hard to find a video worthy of following the great Sam Elliot playing CSM Plumley, but if there is any, it’s got to be Clint Smith.

I’ll let him have the final word on this.