US companies cut ties with the National Rifle Association

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 25, 2018

As the public outcry following the Parkland, FL, school shooting continues to build steam, gun control advocates are finding new methods to apply pressure to both politicians and the NRA.

Cybersecurity company Symantec on Friday joined a rising wave of sentiment against the National Rifle Association, becoming the first major Bay Area business to cut ties with the group. "It really propagates unsafe misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric".

The nation's largest privately-owned bank says it will stop producing credit cards for the National Rifle Association in response to customer feedback.

United Airlines: The airline said Saturday that is ending a discount it has offered for travel to the NRA's annual meeting.

Those defections arrived a day after vehicle rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members.

"We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website", Delta said in a written statement.

Companies which have pulled out of NRA promotions include airlines United and Delta, internet security brand Symantec; auto hire firms Hertz, Alamo and National; identity theft protection company Lifelock; and First National Bank.

Addressing the Florida shooting, the statement absolves the "law-abiding members of the NRA" of blame and instead points to "the failure of that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement".

For a second consecutive day, companies listed on the site have cut ties to the group as it aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the mass shooting last week at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

The mega-shipper's main link to the group is through the NRA Business Alliance, which offers members up to 26% discounts on their package costs.

Rental auto giant Enterprise, insurer MetLife, online security firm Symantec and home security provider SimpliSafe are among the companies that have ended discount programs for NRA members in the wake of the assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

Under the hashtag #BoycottNRA, social media is now calling out companies that offer special benefits to NRA members. Chubb didn't announce the cancellation at the time, but disclosed the program is being dismantled today when reporters asked if the Chubb was re-evaluating the program after the Parkland gun murders. Shares of gun makers were broadly lower on Friday.

The telemedicine company told ThinkProgress in an email Friday it would no longer give NRA members a discount on the monthly rate for its telemedicine services.

NRATV, which describes itself as "America's Most Patriotic Team on a Mission to Take Back The Truth", features programming that leans heavily on speeches by NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and spokeswoman Dana Loesch.

"Ironic how the @NRA likes to point a finger at what kids watch on TV. while they spew vile rhetoric on NRAtv, streamed on @Amazon and aimed exclusively at boosting gun sales", wrote screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer. Members of Trump's own party have said they're not interested in taking this up legislatively - Sen.

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