FaceBook Dog & Pony Show?

» Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Announcements, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

I’ve been hearing a lot of comments the last couple days –rightly or not — about the need for the government to intervene and regulate Facebook because it’s a monopoly.

The problem with that is twofold;

1) F.B. is a privately owned business that uses public airways to supply a service to the public. If you don’t like your private affairs shared, then either don’t post them online or find another social media outlet. There are other forms of social media the public has access to, and there’s no requirement to use F.B.. It’s the consumer’s choice to either continuing using F.B. or go to another media source. And besides, everyone of us have “signed” a user agreement that tells us our information can be shared and / or sold to third parties. So who’s to blame? F.B. or the user?

I’ve also heard it said that F.B. keeps other outlets from flourishing. But ask yourself; how many small businesses struggle to compete on the national scene simply because of the overly burdensome government regulations in place today that protect the bigger players–like F.B.?

2) The conservative movement’s purpose is to promote smaller government, not bigger government. If and when the federal government starts regulating F.B., then there’s no telling how far things will go.

So will regulating F.B. solve or create more problems than what they’re investigating now? We know that Obama wanted to regulate the content on F.B., and we know that Trump has suggested we rewrite the First Amendment so it’s easier to sue for slanderous reports. If we encourage the government to regulate F.B. today, how far will the next Obama take it?

But here’s a bigger and related issue that I’m not hearing much about from conservatives. That is, two of the five major banks have released statements saying they will no longer do business with firearms manufacturers.

Shouldn’t the government be dragging those bank presidents in front of a committee to investigate that? They’re not, and I have to ask myself, why?

I think the answer is simple; powers within the government have “urged” these banks to stop financing the firearms industry. I think those players found a way to use tyrannical tactics to go after the brass ring they’ve been working toward these last many years using the heavily regulated (sound familiar?) financial industry: our guns.

Remember how the House was supposed to vote on National Reciprocity as a stand alone Bill? But then they said that it would be married to the Fix NICS bill. Low and behold, the Fix bill was attached to the Omnibus bill, leaving Reciprocity hangin’ out to dry. National Reciprocity hasn’t been discussed since.

Meanwhile, city after city, and state after state, are passing anti-gun bills and resolutions, and there’s not been a peep heard from Washington about the unconstitutional practice.

It’s my opinion that Washington is using the Facebook dog and pony show to keep the citizenries attention away from the federal government’s hand in regulating our Second Amendment out of existence. If I see investigations into the banking industry’s actions against another legitimate industry, then I’ll change my mind. But for now, this whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Steve Osborn

SCTP Chairman