Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Delta and United join companies cutting ties with NRA

Delta and United join companies cutting ties with NRA

On Tuesday, ThinkProgress, a liberal-leaning think tank, published a list of some two dozen "corporate partners" that offer incentives to NRA members.

A gunman wielding an AR-15 rifle killed 17 people and wounded at least 14 others, drawing anguished calls for a ban on assault weapons from students and families.

USA companies that have partnered with the National Rifle Association to offer discounts and benefits to its members have begun to distance themselves from the gun lobbying group after the latest school shooting.

One user, with nearly a quarter of a million followers, tagged a slew of brands in his post, including NRA partners Hertz and identity theft protection company LifeLock.

Those decisions came a day after three rental vehicle brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs for NRA members.

The hashtag #BoycottNRA was the top trending topic on Twitter on Friday morning.

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

Stoneman Douglas survivors have also mobilized students from across the country, who have been protesting, staging school walkouts and calling on legislators to act. Over the last week and a half, student survivors have transformed into activists, advocating for stricter gun control regulations.

Delta and United join companies cutting ties with NRA
Delta and United join companies cutting ties with NRA

Glaab told The Associated Press on Saturday that her sister owns property in Fort Lauderdale and she is able to visit any time she chooses.

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

Lockton, another insurance firm, continues to underwrite policies for the NRA Carry Guard program, according to the NRA's website. The company behind products like Norton Antivirus will no longer offer discount packages to NRA members.

But because they follow similar announcements by vehicle rental giants Avis, Hertz and Enterprise, the Best Western hotel chain, the global insurance company MetLife, and more than a dozen other corporations that used to contract, partner or otherwise affiliate with the NRA, the airline's move is the latest victory for the #BoycottNRA movement - and the latest bad omen for a gun rights lobby that had seemed untouchable less than two weeks ago. Social media users said they would go with the NRA-free companies, and both Hertz and Avis made a decision to end their own relationships with the gun lobby in the face of this mounting boycott. The programme that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.

Both MetLife and Chubb have announced they have terminated discounted insurance plans for NRA members as well.

First National Bank of Omaha was among the first to ditch the NRA when it announced Thursday that it would end a Visa credit card it had offered with NRA branding, citing a deluge of customer complaints.

Avis Budget Group became the latest company to cut ties with the NRA Friday afternoon, saying it will no longer provide members of the pro-gun group with special discounts.

In the nine days since the deadly Parkland, Florida high school shooting, it's been nine days of opinions, arguments, and conversations.

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