Companies Abandon NRA Following the Florida Shooting

Photo: Josh Lopez
Photo: Josh Lopez

Several companies have cut ties with the NRA, the National Rifle Association, following a call of boycott with companies having ties with the gun lobby.

Hertz and Enterprise announced to end discounts for the members of the rifle association. The United and Delta airlines also followed the move announcing to end discounts for the NRA members.

The gun control movement in the United States gained a momentum after the tragic murder of 17 people in a Florida school.

The Florida Republican Senator, an ally of the NRA who opposed gun control laws, has backed the calls under tremendous pressure to raise the minimum age for buying guns from 18 to 21.

The survivors of the Florida school shooting have taken a strong move against gun culture and the NRA.

They have arranged gatherings where the speakers denounced the lawmakers including the President of the United States Donald Trump for taking money from NRA.

The protests for gun control since the school shooting has swept the U.S. that made the U.S. President to “back a move to ban devices that enable rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute.”

The activists for gun control have flooded the social media with comments against the NRA corporate partners under the hashtag #BoycottNRA.

The public rage against the NRA corporate partners includes the tech giant Amazon and the delivery company FedEx.

Among the companies who responded to the public pressure against the NRA was the First National Bank of Omaha. It said, “Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.”

Distancing itself from the NRA, Enterprise Rent-A-Car tweeted, “We don’t sponsor, endorse or take a political stance on any organizations. We regularly review our discount offers and decide which ones continue to make sense for our business.”

Other companies and organizations who distanced from NRA are MetLife Insurance, the Avis Budget Group, Simplisafe and more.

Meanwhile, the NRA has defended itself. It wrote on Twitter, “Instead of placing the blame on an organization that defends everyone’s #2A rights, maybe people should take a hard look at the number of failures by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, or does that not fit your agenda?”

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