Intuit is probably best known for its product QuickBooks, an easy-to-use accounting software that many businesses use to handle their bookkeeping needs.
However, there was a problem for one industry. You see, Intuit didn’t like the gun industry and in 2018, they basically refused to allow those companies to use their products.
To say that was a problem was putting it mildly, especially the way they handled it.
Five years later, they’ve reversed that decision.
Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz, R-TX, is lauding a recent decision from software giant Intuit on a reversal of its policy that had forbade gun manufacturers and sellers from using certain services from the company.
The services in question surround the usage of QuickBooks, a tool for small businesses to assist with accounting and financial information, that is developed by Intuit.
A spokesperson with Intuit commenting on the change in policy telling FOX Business, “Intuit continually reviews and updates our policies to ensure they best serve the needs of our customers and remain compliant with all applicable federal and state laws. Our Acceptable Use Policy is based on various factors, including compliance with laws and banking partner requirements. Our commitment to customers is unwavering, and we will continue to ensure our policies serve their needs.”
The reversal comes in the wake of an oversight investigation launched by staff of Cruz on the Commerce Committee into business practices from the software company.
So they won’t admit it, but the fact that they reversed a five-year-old position after Cruz started looking into things probably prompted them to change their policy.
And it should have been reversed. More accurately, it never should have existed in the first place.
Look, I get that Intuit would rather not do business with companies of questionable legality. For example, not working with a marijuana dispensary makes some sense because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. I can see concerns about being involved in something that might make problems for them with the feds.
But the firearm industry is legal. In fact, it’s protected by the Constitution, really–the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms means ordinary citizens have to be able to buy guns in order to exercise said right–so that shouldn’t be a concern at all.
Intuit, though, went down the same path as others in the financial industry, cutting off gun companies from financial services all because they simply didn’t approve of the business in question. Never mind that they still worked with plenty of businesses of questionable morals, the gun industry was the popular target.
Now that they’ve reversed the ban, one might think that gun companies will return to Intuit’s services.
Personally, I think that’s a mistake.
This looks to be motivated by the pressure of congressional scrutiny rather than an honest reevaluation of their policies and an understanding that what they did was wrong.
Because of that, I can’t help but wonder just how long it’ll be before they decide they can get away with these kinds of shenanigans once again and shut firearm-related companies out entirely.
Frankly, I can’t trust that they won’t, and I suspect I’m not alone in that.
Plus, over the last five years, I have no doubt people found alternatives that aren’t anti-gun.