Paypal online transaction
systems discriminates against gun owners.
So long, Paypal.
from Angel Shamaya
June 25, 2001
The now famous Paypal
system for transferring funds online with reduced risk of having your credit
card number nabbed boasted over $2 Billion in transactions as recently as April
of this year. They've been written up in such illustrious magazines and
periodicals as Investor's Business Daily, PC Magazine, CNET, Time, Esquire,
ZDNet, U.S. News, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Washington Post,
and many more including both the Associated Press and PBS broadcasting.
And now it's time to nuke them.
They've taken a stand against the free and full
expression of the right to keep and bear arms, and they must die.
You can turn to the "Prohibited
Goods and Services" section of their website and scroll down to where
you'll find the following statements:
"Shopkeepers who sell firearms or
explosives will be disqualified from listing in PayPal Shops. Any item that is
designed to propel a metal (or similar) projectile is covered by this policy.
Exceptions to this rule include collectible, curio & relic, and antique
firearms, as well as archery supplies.
"Firearms-related items that are not
permitted include silencers, converters (any item which can convert a firearm
to have automatic capability), short barrels, and kits (any kit that can be
used to create a firearm). High capacity magazines and ammunition with
propellant cannot be listed. Blank ammunition is not allowed.
"There is Federal and state laws
requiring that replica, "look alike" and imitation firearms have
clear markings permanently affixed to the weapon. This law applies even to
novelty items, such as cigarette lighters that are designed to look like
firearms. All look-alike items of this nature listed by a PayPal Shopkeeper
must comply with the law."
Okee dokie, Paypal. If you say so.
If you have a Paypal account and would like to
cancel it, hop over to their
contact page and do so: http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_contact-general.
If you were thinking of setting up a Paypal account and are now reconsidering,
let them know all about your position. Then pass this message on, far and
If you're not the letter writing type but are
willing to use a pre-written letter, perhaps the following will assist you:
I just found out about your policy of
prohibiting the sales of constitutionally protect items (firearms) within your
Paypal system -- proving yourself to be yet one more entity unworthy of my
business, time, attention and money. Should you change your policy, feel free
to let me know. Otherwise, you're in my rearview mirror permanently.
Please don't bother sending excuses. I have
no ear for people who make it that much harder to exercise the constitutional
right to keep and bear arms, whatever their unAmerican sub-justifications may