Operation Choke Point demonstrates the perversity and endless appetite of Big Government.
This is the result of Statism, whether you call it socialism, fascism, or anything else. Once government takes excessive regulatory control of businesses, certain individuals with severe character flaws take control (types irresistibly drawn to the bureaucracy and public office—where they have access to control over others). They simply can’t resist the temptation to use their ill-gotten power to restrict the freedoms of people and things they don’t like.
You can see it in this story from the Daily Signal: “Access, Denied: More Gun Sellers Blocked From Financial Sector.”
After serving multiple deployments overseas with the U.S. Army Special Forces, Josh Burns began building his own rifles at home.
In Sept. 2013, he and his wife Felicia, who also served in the military, decided they would make a business out of selling guns.
“This is his hobby that [Josh] masks as a business so he can play with guns,” Felicia told The Daily Signal recently while setting up their stand at the New Orleans Area Gun and Knife Show.
But starting their small business, Apocalypse Sports in Ponchatoula, La., wasn’t so easy.
While some firearms sellers might blame banks for not wanting to do business with them, others blame Operation Choke Point.
Designed by the Justice Department in 2013 as a way to crack down on banks and payment processors who enable fraud, the program encourages banks to more closely monitor their customer base for fraud.
The agency does so by partnering with banking regulators to communicate to banks what is considered a “high risk” business. The Justice Department then pursues lawsuits against banks engaging in “risky” behavior.
As to “Operation Choke Point,” the biggest thing that needs choking today is the Justice Department—they ignore real crime, chase fantasies (Ferguson, anyone?), and cause destruction just about everywhere they go.