PayPal Acceptable Use Policy
This Policy was last modified on June 3, 2009.
You are independently responsible for complying with all applicable laws in all of your actions related to your use of PayPal's services, regardless of the purpose of the use. In addition, you must adhere to the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy.Prohibited Activities You may not use the PayPal service for activities that:
violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation
relate to sales of (a) narcotics, steroids, certain controlled substances or other products that present a risk to consumer safety, (b) drug paraphernalia, (c) items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity, (d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime, (e) items that are considered obscene, (f) items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction, (g) certain sexually oriented materials or services, (h) ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories, or (i) ,certain weapons or knives regulated under applicable law.
Point H is the thing that's got everybody upset: "You may not use the PayPal service for activities that relate to sales of ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories." I'm not sure what the real problem with that is. Maybe Pay Pal feels like I do that although the vast majority of gun owners are good and responsible people, some of them are not. And you can't have these problem people buying and selling guns over the internet using the Pay Pal service.
I wasn't surprised at the heated reactions. Sebastian says they are "pure unadulterated evil." Joe Huffman says, "I reluctantly use PayPal." Linoge entitled his post, "Pay Pal Sucks."
None of this surprises me. That pro-gun writers respond strongly to anyone expressing anti-gun sentiments, even if they're well within their rights or can back up their opinions, is nothing new. What does surprise me though is the incredible speed with which information passes from one blogger to another. Within one day nearly 50 sites were talking about this. Check out the list on The Smallest Minority.
No wonder we poor gun control folks can't win arguments with these guys.
What's your opinion? Do you find it like I do, to be extremely impressive, the cohesion, the mutual support, the conscientiousness?
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