Eric Giunta
Financial gun control: Obama-funded corporations targeting gun sellers
By Eric Giunta
April 30, 2013

Corporations close to the Obama administration have implemented policies targeting gun sellers in the months since the Sandy Hook shooting, leading some to wonder if anti-Second Amendment liberals are trying to accomplish through political pressure what they've been unable to do through legislation.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that General Electric (GE) Capital is cutting off all financial services with retailers whose primary business is the sale of firearms. That news comes a little over a week after Comcast announced it will no longer be selling ads to Florida's gun retailers.

"These are very discriminatory and unfair moves against the firearms industry," Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker, a former state senator and longtime owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, the nation's oldest continuously-operating gun shop, tells Sunshine State News. "I believe these companies have succumbed to [Obama] administration pressure. ... This is all coming to a head in what I think is a concerted effort to discriminate, to marginalize, and eventually eliminate the firearms industry. And I believe it's politically motivated."

Baker admits he has no hard evidence of the Obama administration having orchestrated, or collaborated in the development of, these policies; but both GE and Comcast have been the recipients of the administration's generous corporate welfare to favored companies.

As of October 2010, GE had received about $25 million in Obama stimulus grants, and as of July 12 had received at least $3 billion of taxpayer money to subsidize "green technology." The company was one of the chief donors to Obama's 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, and GE's CEO (since 2001) Jeffrey R. Immelt headed the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from Feb. 23, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2013.

Comcast, another major Obama campaign contributor, for its part has received tens of millions of dollars in stimulus money since 2008. The company owns MSNBC, frequently documented to be the most biased of the cable news networks – in favor of the Democratic Party. Two of the network's newest contributors are former Obama strategist David Axelrod and former spokesman Robert Gibbs. . . .

Catch the rest of the story at Sunshine State News!

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