Square Blocks Gun Retailers from Using its Mobile Payment System
May 15, 2013 9:30 AM
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It says the current gun debate has nothing to do with it
There's a lot of controversy surrounding the use of guns these days, and it's even starting to show in the retail sector as Square announces that gun retailers can't use its services.
Square, the San Francisco-based
mobile payment startup
, has announced a change to its terms that says gun retailers cannot use its technology. The exact terms block sales of firearms, firearm hardware, ammunition and parts. It also forbids sales of weapons and "other devices designed to cause physical injury."
Square said its revised terms have nothing to do with the current gun debate.
“From time to time, we revisit our policies governing the use of Square to ensure they are in the best interests of our customers,” said a Square spokesman.
Square isn't the first to snub guns. For instance, General Electric (GE) said it won't provide financing to gun retailers anymore.
While many companies are looking to either take a stance on the gun debate or just be more sensitive about the topic in general, it seems odd that Square is choosing to block out guns.
According to Southwick Associates, a research firm that studies the hunting and shooting industry, only about 30 percent of firearms are distributed to big retail chains like Wal-Mart while the other 70 percent are sent to smaller stores -- and Square aims to spread the use of its cash register-free mobile payment system in small stores like these.
What do you think? Is Square's decision to axe gun retailers a good idea?
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RE: I'm Confused
5/15/2013 6:39:21 PM
I live in the US. I've seen plenty of guns in my life. I've never felt unsafe, or that the presence of guns makes myself or my family inherently unsafe.
Why do guns make people feel so unsafe? The possibility of being bludgeoned or stabbed to death (or the much more likely possibilities of dying in a car wreck or from an accident in your own home) doesn't merit worry but the possibility of being shot does?
Why does it matter if crime is "gun crime"? Is a violent crime less objectionable if it involves some other lethal weapon?
Oh, not to mention: if somebody really wanted to kill you with a gun, they could get one and do it, regardless of if whether guns are illegal or so heavily regulated as to be practically illegal in your country. Why does a gun in the hand of a police officer or member of your military or other government organization not make you feel unsafe? You feel like they are somehow specially qualified to be unable to use their firearms to harm or oppress you? If so, you really haven't studied history at all.
RE: I'm Confused
5/16/2013 3:28:43 PM
I think he's confusing guns with violence. I see baseball bats all the time at the park. People play baseball with them. Now if I saw someone walk up to me with a baseball bat in the inner city I'd be scared. It's all about context. Are they using the gun/bat for sport or are they about to kill someone with it?
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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