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Comparing guns to porn poses greater danger than just financial ostracism

Concerns raised in last Wednesday’s Gun Rights Examiner column examining a joint federal program involving Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, are being borne out with verifiable government sources by others investigating the program, supposedly intended to stop fraud but lending itself to untold manipulation for political ends. Not only pornographic performers can be singled out for banking discrimination, and as insidious as that is, it points to more than abusing financial regulations under color of office to conduct social engineering.

Leading Democrats are quick to embrace the guns and pornography meme, expanding on it to equate guns with kiddie porn, and all that implies. That's just obscene.
Leading Democrats are quick to embrace the guns and pornography meme, expanding on it to equate guns with kiddie porn, and all that implies. That's just obscene.
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“Establishment press has virtually ignored DOJ's pernicious 'Operation Choke Point' for over a year,” financial writer Tom Blumer shows in a Friday Newsbusters analysis of the program, its timeline, and its overreaching tentacles into 30 ostensibly “high risk industries” the government is now targeting. Blumer lists those industries, linking to the FDIC’s “Managing Risks in Third-Party Payment Processor Relationships.”*

And indeed, appearing in the FDIC list, along with “pornography” and “escort services” (not to mention “Ponzi schemes” and the ubiquitous -- when the anti-gunners are talking about gun owners --“racist materials”), are “ammunition sales” and “firearm sales.”

Linking firearms with pornography is hardly a new tack. In 2009, this column noted a multitude of idiotic offensive proposals by “The Smutty Professor,” Darrell A.H. Miller, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati. His "Guns as Smut: Defending the Home-Bound Second Amendment," published in the Columbia Law Review, “offers a provocative proposal for tackling the issue of Second Amendment scope, one tucked in many dresser drawers across the nation: Treat the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense the same as the right to own and view adult obscenity under the First Amendment -- a robust right in the home, subject to near-plenary restriction by elected government everywhere else.”

Likening guns with obscene materials isn’t limited to loopy, agenda-driven ivory tower academics with no real-world influence. Anti-gun Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer, with assists from Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy, extended the comparison and went beyond it, advocating certain semiautomatics were equivalent with “child pornography,” and thus unprotected by the Bill of Rights.

If that’s the case, what does that say about how they intend to treat gun owners found in possession of such firearms?

Besides, as long as we’re on a subject they brought up...

*“Nonbank or third-party payment processors (processors) are bank customers that provide payment-processing services to merchants and other business entities,” the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, “a formal interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, and report forms for the federal examination of financial institutions,” explains in its “Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual.”

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