Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke urged banks and credit card companies on Thursday, September 12, to stop providing services for firearms sales and halt their business with companies who produce assault weapons in order to stop the spread of gun violence.
According to a report from The New York Times, O’Rourke believed that financial institutions are enabling cases of mass shooting by providing services to some gun buyers and manufacturers. With this, the Democratic presidential aspirant called on banks and credit card companies to stop providing services for the sales of firearms online or at gun shows without background checks and to stop doing business with gun manufacturers.
“Credit cards have enabled many of America’s mass shootings in the last decade,” O’Rourke said in an email. “For example, the man who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, got away with buying $11,000 in assault rifles, gas masks, and ammo. He just charged it to his credit card.”
The former Democratic congressman also claimed that the ongoing sales of assault weapons had enabled credit card companies and banks to “profit off of those who terrorize our communities.”
The recent announcement follows O’Rourke’s previous proposal of gun control policies, which include the passing of universal background checks and a ban on firearms. To date, the presidential candidate is calling on his supporters to sign a petition urging banks to follow through with the concerns he had presented.
“The least the financial industry could do is stop profiting off sales of these weapons,” O’ Rourke stated. “The financial industry has played a part in government efforts to stop the illegal drug trade, trafficking, and other violent crimes. It’s time for them to step up now and stop the easy flow of assault weapons to terrorists.”