The latest phase of the leftist war on the Second Amendment has enlisted the usual peer pressure campaign, rallying celebs, sports teams, and corporations to create a manufactured consensus and pressure elected officials to disregard the Constitution and the civil rights of their voters.
And yet there’s something funny about this one.
CEOs of more than 220 U.S. companies on Thursday will release a letter calling on the Senate to “take immediate action” to reduce gun violence, Axios has learned exclusively.
Why it matters: This is the latest example of corporate America delving into a hot-button issue where solutions often break down along partisan lines.
The companies employ workers in all 50 states, and include Levi Strauss & Co., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lululemon, Lyft, Bain Capital, Bloomberg LP, Permanente Medical Group and Unilever U.S.
Also on the list are pro sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco Giants.
This is a revised version of a letter first sent in 2019, with around 50% more initial signatories, and was organized by Levi Strauss & Co. and gun control advocacy group Everytown in the aftermath of 16 mass shootings that were bookended by Buffalo and Uvalde.
Which is just another way of saying Michael Bloomberg.
But there’s something funny about this letter. Axios, as usual, tells you to “go deeper”, but doesn’t actually want you to because when you click on the list of CEO signatories, you find that most of the signatories are listed as belonging to “organizations with fewer than 500 employees” and includes the likes of…
Alejandra Alonso Rojas, CEO, Alejandra Alonso Rojas,
Alexander Julian, Founder & CEO, Alexander Julian Inc,
Cathy Waterman, CEO, cathy waterman inc,
Bonnie Young, Founder, BY.BONNIE YOUNG,
David Meister, CEO & President, David Meister,
Deborah Marquit, CEO & FOUNDER, DEBORAH MARQUIT,
Donald Deal, President, Donald Deal, Inc.,
Lisa Marie Fernandez, Owner & Founder, LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ,
Lizzie Fortunato, Founder & Creative Director, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels,
Paul Morelli, President, Paul Morelli Design Inc,
Rachel Zoe, CEO, Rachel Zoe Inc,
William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.,
and Kenneth Nicholson, Creative Director, Kenneth Nicholson.
It’s sad that Kenneth Nicholson can’t even be the CEO of whatever Kenneth Nicholson is. But stop me if you see the pattern. There are some heavy hitters on this list, but it’s refreshed from a few years ago and consists of most of the same name along with a whole lot of padding.
Call it the De Santis Effect. Instead of empty talking, Gov. De Santis put a healthy dose of fear into major corps during a time of economic uncertainty. The Wall Street Journal and other conservatives have taken issue with his tactics. I sympathize with their objections, but in the face of political terror, it’s getting results.