Delta to end NRA discount as pressure mounts

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 25, 2018

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced this weekend that they will cut ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this month.

The attrition started late Thursday when three rental vehicle brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs, and First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew the NRA's contract to issue a co-branded Visa card.

Several hours later, Chicago-based United followed with a similar statement.

David Hogg, one of the student survivors of last week's attack who launched the #NeverAgain anti-gun violence movement, said the students would target any company with ties to the NRA, in addition to lawmakers who accept donations.

"In an email Saturday, the NRA called the companies' actions "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" and said the loss of corporate discounts and other perks "will neither scare nor distract" NRA members". The company did not describe what kind of benefits had been offered to NRA members.

This comes as petitions spread online, targeting companies that offer discounts to NRA members. "In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve", it continued.

Symantec Corp.: "Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association", the software company, which makes Norton Antivirus technology, tweeted Friday.

Insurer Chubb Ltd. said it is ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, but it provided notice three months ago.

According to ThinkProgress, companies including Vinesse Wines, which operates the "official wine club of the NRA", and HotelPlanner.com, which gives members access to an exclusive hotel booking website, have yet to end their relationships with the NRA.

Insurance giant MetLife said Friday that it's ending its discounts on home and auto insurance for NRA members.

The NRA Carry Guard program offers coverage for certain costs associated with gun-related accidents or incidents in which the gun owner claims they lawfully acted in self defense. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation's largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to vehicle rental brands and a household moving company, occurred after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter USA gun ownership laws.

Despite that, some corporations have made a decision to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they chose to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media.

The NRA has doubled down on its positions since the shooting.

The two carriers have also requested to have their information removed from the NRA's website.

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