Via email from Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:
BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today announced it is updating its list of businesses and CEOs who push for increased gun control and prohibition, adding Kenneth Cole, Northwell Health and Mesirow to the roster.
CCRKBA’s “Don’t Feed the Gun Prohibitionists” project began last year with the creation of a dynamic list of businesses and CEOs who have been supporting new legislation designed to impair the rights of law-abiding firearms owners, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. The current roster lists some 200 businesses and their CEOs.
“When we started this project,” Gottlieb said, “we were sometimes surprised, and in some cases disappointed, at some of the businesses we placed on the list. We discovered several brand name businesses and corporate leaders who evidently have a quiet agenda to limit gun rights. The listing is our way of letting current and potential patrons have the knowledge about what their hard earned dollars may actually be funding.”
Kenneth Cole is a global fashion brand, while Northwell Health is a health care conglomerate and the largest health care provider in the state of New York. Mesirow is a Chicago-based financial firm which supports the Giffords gun control lobbying group.
“We’re not calling for a boycott of these companies,” Gottlieb explained. “Businesses and the people who own them can support whatever kind of philosophy they want, and gun owning consumers can likewise not spend any money with those firms. Let the marketplace decide. Over 100 million American gun owners represent a sizeable consumer bloc, and they will decide on their own where to spend their money.”
Gottlieb said a free market dictates the right of consumers to know about the products they purchase, and that includes knowing whether a business they support may be working in the shadows to erode their constitutional rights.
“We encourage people buy products from companies they can count on to not support efforts aimed at curtailing constitutional rights,” he explained. “By providing this information, we hope gun owning consumers are making reasonable decisions about which businesses to patronize. This might convince some businesses to re-think their core values.”
It’s tough to avoid some of them. Costco and Microsoft, in particular, makes me very sad.
And I had a couple former co-workers trying to recruit me for Uber not long ago. I was never very keen on Uber anyway and this pretty much crosses them off the list of places I would go to work for. However, I suppose if I was desperate I would consider it.
I do endeavor to not support anti-gun businesses, but it’d be helpful to know the exact transgressions of those on the list. Some are well-known, some less so. I also question the list for some inclusions and for what’s *not* included.
For example, I am a Costco member and am aware of their policy of “no guns” in their stores, but the CEO’s personal activism is not activism via the company, which would be a bigger issue, IMO (and I am having a hard time finding anything on his personal activism), and they still sell gun safes. For example, take Salesforce’s CEO using both the company and his personal time in favor of gun control (https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/corporate-gun-control-salesforce-to-cut-off-customers-who-sell-legal-semi-automatic-firearms/).
Costco is on the list, but Salesforce is not. One can avoid Costco, but as Joe Consumer, how does one avoid using Salesforce? The latter is a consumer-centric operation, but the latter is a B2B operation.
Bear in mind that Costco’s anti-gun mindset already has a body count, and they are powerful enough to control how local police forces deal with that sort of problem, apparently.
By “a body count,” are you talking about the general unrest in the Puget Sound region?
Las Vegas incident.
Ah, how could I have forgotten that one?
Salesforce is a piece of cake compared to Google. We could even be having this conversation without going through Google.
How the hell are you supposed to avoid this. Alphabet (Google) alone is impossible to avoid unless you live in a cave. And the list is not complete. No Amazon or Walmart on the list.
We need a strategy that isn’t libertarian fantasy.
The list doesn’t have to be complete to be useful. A partial list that actually influences behavior in a noticeable way is very helpful and may well straighten out others.
Las Vegas incident.