Take action to urge Wall Street banks to help end gun violence

Submitted by Scott Kitson on May 17, 2018

We know we need to put an end to the scourge of gun violence in our country. Young people are taking the lead in calling on all of us to do our part. Every sector of society has a role to play—including the financial sector.

As a green business leader, you can make a difference. It’s time for mission-driven businesses to urge Wall Street banks and credit card companies to take the steps they can to restrict the availability of accessories that intensify the lethality of already powerful semi-automatic rifles, and to require firearm buyers be at least 21 years of age and have passed a universal background check.

Tell these large banks and credit card companies to do their part to stop gun violence.

Some financial institutions have already taken steps in the right direction. PayPal and others do not process firearm sales. Bank of America has announced it will stop lending to some businesses that make military-style arms for civilian use. Citigroup is taking multiple steps against the indiscriminate sale of firearms.

But some of our most recognized financial institutions are not doing their part.

Sign our petition today to a dozen banks and credit card companies that may be facilitating the purchase of military-grade weapons and accessories without regard to their intended use, whether or not a background check has been conducted, and regardless of the retailers’ safety practices.

VISA, American Express, MasterCard, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and others need to hear from you! Let’s urge these financial institutions to add crucial gun control restrictions to their merchant credit processing policies.

Green America’s vision statement calls for creating a world where “all communities are healthy and safe.” That includes common sense safety measures around guns. Thank you for adding your name to our business leaders’ letter outlining the minimal steps needed from financial institutions to protect lives from mass shootings and other forms of gun violence.

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