On Thursday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned that powerful corporations such as Google, YouTube, and Citigroup are bypassing the political process to promote the progressive agenda regarding the Second Amendment and gun rights. Asserting that leftists and corporations appear to “agree on everything," Carlson said that in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election, corporations are moving to make “elections irrelevant.” He added, “Nowhere is this clearer than on the subject of the Second Amendment." A televised discussion sponsored by Bank of America offered another example of corporate involvement in the debate over guns.

By way of examples, Carlson mentioned in his monologue that YouTube is banning certain videos about guns and that financial giant Citigroup will cease to do business with companies that do not comply with its new rules on guns. 

A further example came on Friday when Bank of America sponsored a discussion on gun control hosted by the liberal website, Axios. Facilitating the talk was Axios co-founder Mike Allen. Participating were Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 16-year-old David Hogg, who is one of the students who witnessed the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hogg has gone on to become one of the most visible faces in network coverage of reactions and protests in the wake of the shooting that took 17 lives.

Bank of America’s discussion on gun control was held in Washington, D.C. and was heralded as a conversation “on gun safety in America.” When Allen as young Hogg what “the biggest mistake the media made in covering your situation?” Hogg replied, “Not giving black students a voice, honestly.” Hogg added, “My school’s about 25 percent black, from what I can recall, and about, I believe, 50 percent white.” Asserting that shootings among black Americans receives little media coverage, Hogg said, "It's disgusting. If you look at a place like Chicago, or Liberty City, or almost anywhere that is of lower socio-economic status or just has more people of color, the media doesn't cover it the same. They cover it for one day and it's maybe a 30 second segment.” He claimed that coverage of shootings in middle-class white areas is substantially greater.

Hogg appeared in Washington while thousands of students and others are converging on the capital as part of the “March for Our Lives” rally, which will be echoed by similar rallies throughout the country. Organizers expect about 500,000 protesters on Saturday in Washington. 

On Friday, student appeared outside of the Capitol and were joined by congressional Democrats and gun control advocates. They accused Congress of being manipulated by the National Rifle Association. “Students are stepping up to the NRA because our elected officials are afraid to,” said 15-year-old Antiqua Flint, who came from Minnesota. “The solution to violence is not more guns. We need to pass sensible laws to keep guns out of dangerous hands.”

For its part, Bank of America was among the first among banks to support gun control. After the Florida shooting, the bank said in February that it would ask gun manufacturers to explain how they will prevent mass shootings. A statement from the bank read, “An immediate step we’re taking is to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility.”


 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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