California Just Took Crazy To A Whole New Level
Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.
California politicians are in a bit of a pickle. They want to impose yet more gun controls in the wake of the Parkland shooting, but they’re stuck in a state where firearms are already tightly regulated.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell thinks he’s found a way around this problem: an official blacklist of corporations that do business with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Yesterday he introduced a proposal that would instruct city staff to compile a list of companies with “formal ties” to the NRA and to draw up the city’s options for boycotting them.
“It’s time to speak with one voice and call attention to the assault weapon epidemic,” O’Farrell tells the Los Angeles Times, adding that he had delayed a vote on renting out a city-owned property to FedEx because of the company’s purported friendliness to the NRA. (Specifically: FedEx gives the group the same discount rates that it offers to all small businesses and associations.)
O’Farrell isn’t the only California politician thinking along these lines. State treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang is leading an effort to divest the state’s public pension system, CalPERS—the largest public pension system in the country—from the five sporting goods stores that sell firearms.
Read the entire article at Reason.