While teachers are being leaned on to add “special forces” training to their repertoire of under-funded and under-appreciated skills, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are joined by most of the rest of the country in putting pressure on the companies that show their complicity in the country’s gun violence by financially supporting anti-gun control groups and manufacturers. The second largest bank in America made a bold statement in regards to their support of certain gun manufacturers on Tuesday. As Buzzfeed reports, Bank of America says it will not support military-style weapon manufacturing—at least not for civilian use.
“We have let them know that we are going to, it’s not our intent to underwrite or finance military-style firearms in a go-forward basis,” Anne Finucane, vice chair for Bank of America, told Bloomberg.
The decision was in direct response to a number of high-profile mass shootings across the country, most recently at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 people dead in February.
“We want to contribute in any way we can to reduce these mass shootings,” Finucane said.
As every NRA spokesperson and pro-gun person will tell you, the problem isn’t semi-automatic or automatic guns that can shoot numerous rounds of high-caliber bullets with minimal kickback, it’s handguns. Of course, no one wants to take away handguns*, and the hope is that this will somehow make everybody stop wondering why gun-owners need military-grade weaponry. But we are still asking and we know what the answer is, and that answer is “because we want them.” That’s not a good enough answer. So we are coming for your guns … because we want them, our kids want them, and, as a matter of public safety, America needs them to be put away forever.
*Some of us wouldn’t mind taking away all guns, that’s for sure.
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