Activists push Visa to drop NRA program

by Ben Goad, The Hill
February 21, 2014

Gun control activists are pressing Visa to sever its business partnership with the National Rifle Association, saying credit giant’s affiliation with the powerful gun lobby is effectively funding opposition to stronger regulations.

Protestors gathered Thursday outside Visa’s Washington offices, delivering petitions signed by more than 5,100 people urging the company to end its “affinity” program with the NRA.

Members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence claim purchases made with the NRA Visa card help fund the group’s efforts to block stronger gun protections, including expanded federal background checks for firearm purchases.

The group points to an NRA Web page encouraging its members to “DEFEND FREEDOM with the NRA ® Visa Card.” The site tells members that every purchase helps fund NRA programs at no cost to them and says more than $20 million has been raised to date.

“We’re here to call out Visa for their relationship with the NRA,” said Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. “Why are they in bed with the NRA?”

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CforUS says:

    They have no arguement, so going after the money is strategy mark II.

  • Eugene Sevene says:

    When Hitler took over Germany he disarmed the people. If he hadn’t WW11 would never have happened. How stupid a lot of Americans have become

  • mudguy1 says:

    Will they push for a ban all liquor purchases with a visa card too? How man are killed by drunk drivers?
    How about banning the purchases of hammers and knifes with a visa card. More people are killed and harmed by them than guns.

    1. junkmailbin says:

      no paying for abortions, birth control, or marijuana either with visa

  • Independence_R_US says:

    Seems freedom of speech & commerce is only for liberals & gun haters. If the other side where to come out with this then the libs & gun hater would be all up in arms. That you can’t tell them they can’t do what ever they want. It’s a free country. Its the aw of the land. So live with it. Yet it’s only the law of the land when it’s something these dim whits want. I’m tired of having to live with their stupidity & paying the price. Surely Visa will take note at what has happened in the past when this type of thing as cropped up.

  • CTH says:

    I hope Visa tells Lori Haas and the other whiners to go to hell.

  • leewacker says:

    Whiney little cowards who will beg for mercy on their knees when war comes to this country! It is the armed citizen who will turn the tide, and, those fools who push for gun control will be hiding behind those of us who are armed!

    1. Independence_R_US says:

      As soon as you protect them, then they’ll condemn you as a murder. These folks only hate guns for others. They love to hide behind their safe compounds that are guarded by armed forces. Then they can cry out from their ivory towers “Let them eat cake”. They don’t see the irony or hipocrisy in their stupidity. You can’t make these folks reason or see. They’re blinded to anthing other than what they want. Nothing else matters.

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