#BoycottNRA: Companies Leaving NRA in Droves

#BoycottNRA: Companies Leaving NRA in Droves

By IndraStra Global News Team

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American companies are rising up against gun violence after a call to boycott the National Rifle Association (NRA) became the top trend on Twitter (#boycottNRA) as users of the global social media platform demanded that companies should sever their ties with the pro-gun group in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

Access to a broad range of discounts to NRA members in various states has started to dry up. First National Bank of Omaha became one of the first companies to announce it would end its relationship with the NRA — via Twitter — saying it would not renew its contract to issue the NRA Visa card. 

Here is a running list of the companies that have severed either the association with NRA or NRA member discounts:
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Symantec Corporation
  • MetLife
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Hertz
  • Alamo
  • National Car Rental
  • Avis Budget
The slew of decisions made by these companies is the direct outcome of NRA's position on gun laws in the wake of the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Gun control advocates have called for stricter gun laws, a proposition the NRA rejects.

In a statement, the NRA called the decisions "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice."

"The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world."

Speaking earlier this week, President Trump said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that in Florida. He also proposed raising the age limit for buying certain types of guns from 18 to 21. However, NRA said it opposed the president’s call for a ban on certain gun devices like “bump stocks” and a proposal to raise the minimum age for buying some firearms to 21. But the president is likely to come under intense pressure from the NRA, a strong supporter of his presidency.

Image Attribute: "Bum Stock" Device

Image Attribute: "Bum Stock" Device

Currently, there are multiple proposals being floated in Congress and President Trump has specifically signaled his support for a bipartisan bill from Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, known as Fix-NICS Act of 2017. It was introduced in the 115th United States Congress in the wake of the Sutherland Springs church shooting. According to the bill, federal agencies would be penalized if they fail to report relevant criminal records that would bar someone from purchasing a firearm under current law to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The NRA supports the bill, which would also provide incentives to states to improve their reporting.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.