Businesses distancing themselves from NRA in wake of Parkland shooting


Businesses distancing themselves from NRA in wake of Parkland shooting

Hertz tweeted Friday: "We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA's rental vehicle discount program with Hertz".

Hertz's program offered card carrying NRA members up to 25% off daily base rates and "additional program benefits", according to the rental vehicle company's website; similarly, Avis offered up to 25% off.

The NRA Business Alliance lists hundreds of companies that offer discounts to the pro-gun-rights interest group's millions of members. As the #BoycottNRA movement picks up steam, several of these have cut ties or plan to do so.

Inc and other online streaming platforms are also facing demands to drop the online video channel NRATV, featuring programming produced by the group.

According to Reuters, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, founded after 20 first-graders were shot and killed at a CT school in 2012, reportedly sent letters to Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Amazon, Alphabet Inc's Google and Roku Inc on Friday, asking them to drop NRATV from their platforms. Lockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But in a tweet Thursday saying that "customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA", the bank announced it was stopping the program.

A student-led movement of survivors of the mass murder at Marjory Stonenan Douglas High School Feb. 14 has been focused, and brought to the worldwide stage, through protests and broadcast appearances that demand mostly GOP members of Congress and President Trump himself to reject donations from the powerful gun lobby.

Delta and United said Saturday that they will end their discount programs for members of the NRA. The group devotes massive resources to fighting gun regulations in the name of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms. And the gun lobbying group, which is funded largely by its own members, is unlikely to be moved by snubs from companies with which it had only loose and peripheral ties. This week, after just two days of public pressure, the bank has announced it is severing ties with the National Rifle Association and will not renew its contract.

-Avis and Hertz. Like Enterprise, the competing auto rental companies also offer discounts to NRA members.

Both airlines will end their discount programs for members of the NRA.

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence.

Other companies that cut off NRA programs included software company Symantec and insurance company Chubb Limited, which announced that it would stop underwriting an NRA-branded insurance policy.

Some major endowments, such as the $10 billion University of California fund, sold guns stocks after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in CT, which prompted calls for more gun control. Many of those tweeting are in the entertainment industry.

The unsealed indictment follows former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States and making false statements - as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-spanning investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Despite growing more and more extreme in its anti-liberal, anti-media rhetoric, the NRA has for the most part escaped a business backlash, even amid a steady stream of mass shootings over the years.



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