‘We see this as an attempt to circumvent the legislative process…
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Salesforce.com wants people to use its software, but not for guns.
According to The Washington Post, the software giant recently changed its policy, prohibiting its clients from selling semi-automatic weapons.
The tech firm, based in San Francisco, employs about 40,000 and is valued at almost $120 billion. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that its CEO, Marc Benioff, is an ardent gun-grabber.
“The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America,” he tweeted after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. “Ban it.”
Shortly thereafter, Benioff donated a million to March for Our Lives, a group that wants to enact stridently anti-gun laws.
Mark Oliva, public affairs director for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, suggested the policy change was an example of yet another corporation using its power to advance left-wing causes.
“We see this as an attempt to circumvent the legislative process,” said Oliva, who alluded to similar actions taken by corporations like Bank of America and Citigroup.
In fact, Congressional Democrats, led by the highly partisan (and sometimes less-than-competent) House Financial Services Committee have attempted to force banks and other industries to acquiesce to their legislative agenda under threat of subpoena and regulatory consequences.
Companies that use Salesforce include shoe manufacturer Adidas, automobile manufacturer Toyota, and credit card giant American Express.
Oliva called the change “another example of corporate-policy ‘virtue signaling’ that seeks to discriminate against those looking to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are other corporations that have sought to nullify the Second Amendment through corporate collusion.
Dick’s Sporting Goods’ response to the Parkland shooting was particularly egregious. The retailer announced they would raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and would also prohibit the sale of the AR-15 and similar rifles. Earlier this year, they announced they would eliminate guns and other hunting products from their stores entirely.
An analyst with Steifel Nicolaus, Tom Roderick, wondered if the new policy would backfire.
“Does this become a hot-button issue in states where people like their assault rifles?” pondered Roderick.
Perhaps the company most affected by Salesforce’s decision is Camping World, which spends over a million dollars a year on Salesforce’s software. It’s estimated that it would cost the company twice as much to use a different provider.