Wells Fargo Stuns Anti-Gun Nuns, Floats Ruger a $40 Million Loan

Wells Fargo still hasn’t caved to pressure from the anti-gun industry. (Photo: Wells Fargo Facebook)

Just weeks after a group of nuns and big-money investors forced Smith & Wesson and Ruger to account for their role in promoting “gun violence,” Wells Fargo threw some of its considerable financial resources behind one of the world’s largest gunmakers, Sturm, Ruger & Co.

The bank issued the company a $40 million line of credit last week, stunning members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, who had been working with investors to force gunmakers to address the “risks” inherent in its products’ association with gun-related violence.

“This is shocking news because we are in sustained dialogue with Wells Fargo,” Nora Nash, a sister at St. Francis of Philadelphia, told Bloomberg. “This new busin­­ess relationship with Sturm Ruger is in direct conflict with ethics, culture and respect for human rights throughout the company.”

The nuns may have lost their habits, but Wells Fargo’s move should come as no surprise to gun owners.

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Earlier this year, the bank stood up to one of the nation’s largest teacher’s unions when it refused to change its company policies after the union threatened to pull their participation in Wells Fargo’s home mortgage program.

The bank didn’t cave, explaining that legislators should decide gun control issues, not financial institutions.

“Wells Fargo wants schools and communities to be safe from gun violence, but changes to laws and regulations should be determined through a legislative process that gives the American public an opportunity to participate,” the bank said at the time. “We remain firm in our belief that the American public does not want banks to decide which legal products consumers can and cannot buy.”

When contacted by Bloomberg for this most recent story, the bank issued the exact same statement.

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Ruger hasn’t said how they plan to use the additional funds, and they didn’t respond to a request for comment. But investors backing the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility hope the gunmaker will use the $40 million to pay for research into smart guns.

“In being optimistic we would really hope that a line of credit this large would be put to good use in really answering that call to have the gun manufacturers be a part of the solution to the increasing problem of gun violence in America,” Laura Krausa, an investor in Sturm Ruger through the nonprofit Catholic Health Initiatives, told Bloomberg.

Wells Fargo has issued $431 million in credit to gunmakers since 2012. This stands in stark contrast to other financial institutions like Citigroup and Bank of America that have pulled their funding to gun companies following the Parkland massacre.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Allen October 16, 2018, 12:35 am

    Wow, Don’t have a Wells Fargo in my town, But may go find one and start doing banking online.

  • Ray miller October 15, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Thanks Wells Fargo for supporting gun rights and the 2nd Amendment!!

  • Mark October 13, 2018, 11:48 am

    Interesting how the Church/nuns have allowed the Alinsky Marxist tactics of infiltrating the church to win over orthodox theology. Being a priest myself, Augustine himself wrote on the illusions of a utopia because it relies on the ego denying the dark side of human nature (revealed with the manipulative violence of the left) instead of a Rule of Law that maintains boundaries. The violation of the boundaries do not mean the rule of law is defunct but that the spiritual life of those who violate the boundaries are in question. The nuns have forgotten their tradition. Firearms in the hands of law biding citizens save more lives than those who criminally take them. The unmanipulated stats (Lott) prove this. Hugo of St. Vincent wrote that we live on a human level, reason level and divine level. The heresy here (shades of Manichaeism) is that suffering is either denied by progressive Marxists (utopia facade for concealing power) or they have to try to control it themselves (e.g. gun control that does not work masked deceitfully as confiscation) Not allowing a person to protect the self or innocent from a perpetrator (The Founders included the government on the list of potential perpetrators) violates the baptismal covenant vow of respecting the dignity and God given liberty of the other.

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  • Ed October 12, 2018, 4:42 pm

    I have a aunt who is a nun. The nuns have become very liberal. The gun maker is not the problem. The gun is a tool. It is the person behind the gun. The country morals and value for human life has went out the window. Maybe these nuns should go do their mission work and try to help the people who are causing the problems. These anti gun idiots always want to blame the gun and the honest gun owners.

  • MJ October 12, 2018, 3:54 pm

    When a group or groups target business because they don’t like what they do or stand for, it becomes mob bullying.

    Liberals have made it a “free for all” when attacking issues they don’t agree with. The only way to stand up to a bully is to do what Wells Fargo did. Bullys tend to slither away when confronted or ignored, we need to stand our ground.

  • Mike Watkins October 12, 2018, 3:46 pm

    Wow! Thanks, Wells-Fargo!

  • Winston October 12, 2018, 12:05 pm

    The Catholic Church has ongoing worldwide problems with pedophile clergy and a history of partnerships with fascist European governments in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria along with Chile, Brazil and former US ally Chiang Kai-shek’s Rep. of China. Those nuns are rather dim bulbs to be lecturing legitimate businesses.

  • John L October 12, 2018, 11:29 am

    Well, I am relieved. Been with Wells Fargo for decades and it would have been a pain to change all my accounts.

  • Conrad Braun October 12, 2018, 10:52 am

    Well done Wells Fargo!

  • robert October 12, 2018, 10:06 am

    Great to see! But let’s see if this can become a trend. Right now, Wells Fargo needs all the business (and advertising) they can get, being that they’re desperately trying to redeem themselves after some seriously corrupt business tactics.

  • Sean Carberry October 12, 2018, 8:49 am

    …this from the religion that molested how many children? Yay snowflakes…where’s that middle finger emoji?

  • JT October 12, 2018, 8:32 am

    Nuns should be concerned with the eternal souls of their flock. This is a political issue and they should keep their noses out of politics. The Roman Catholic church has a long and sordid history of involvement with politics and affairs of state…and that should be kept in the past.And if they\’re going to get involved in \”saving lives\” then they can start with abortion…unless of course they don\’t subscribe to the teachings of their very own faith. More lives are taken by abortion than guns…in fact far more. Why is it that Roman Catholic clergy from western countries is made up of a disproportionate percentage of leftist agitators?

  • dave October 12, 2018, 7:37 am

    Why would any corporation take political sides on any issue ? It does help me make choices though….
    I buy New Balance instead of Nike, walk past the Levi’s aisle when I need jeans, anything sports is anywhere but Dick’s…. maybe I’ll check out Wells Fargo’s products…..
    and maybe I’ll take the money that was supposed to go in the plate on Sun morning and send it to a non-political charity.

  • David Welsh October 12, 2018, 7:22 am

    Most nuns aren’t holy anymore. They care more about being good democrats than the unborn. They are little more than social activists–rabblerousers.

    • kane October 12, 2018, 10:04 am

      Good point. Maybe the nuns should be focusing on Planned Parenthood and the Democratic party not to mention the problems within the Catholic Church itself.

  • Joe October 12, 2018, 3:47 am

    Guns made America, and guns will keep America free from foreign invasion after our government spends all of us into the poor house.

    • Winston October 12, 2018, 12:09 pm

      Look around you. We have been, and are still being invaded as past and present US administrations do nothing to stop it. The US Census Bureau stated a few months ago there are now 22 million illegals in the US and thousands more piling in every month.

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