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

Delta to end group travel contract with NRA

Delta to end group travel contract with NRA

The National Rifle Association says companies that are severing ties with the gun rights group and its members are wrongly punishing them for a shooting at a Florida high school that claimed 17 lives.

Enterprise Holdings, which runs the Enterprise, Alamo and National vehicle rental groups, announced that it will end the discount deal it has with the NRA on March 26.

Gun-control organizations Moms Demand Action and Everytown sent a letter Friday asking five companies - Google, Amazon, Apple, AT&T and Roku - to cease streaming NRATV, saying "it's time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this risky content".

'We have been just disgusted by NRATV since its beginning.

After Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his former school, on February 14, calls have grown for corporations to end agreements with the gun lobby whose aim it is to keep in place the gun laws that allowed Cruz to buy his AR-15 assault rifle.

Trump, during the 2016 presidential election campaign, warned that the Second Amendment right to bear arms, was "on the ballot in November".

Online backlash heightened this week after NRA leaders attacked the Democratic Party and gun control activists, saying they were exploiting the Florida shooting.

President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA, suggesting some teachers could be armed so that they could fire on any attacker.

On Thursday, the First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately-owned bank in the country, announced that it would no longer be offering an NRA credit card in response to "customer feedback".

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.

Another car-rental company, Hertz, soon followed suit.

Insurance giant MetLife tweeted Friday that it's also ending discounts on home and vehicle insurance for NRA members.

Business and corporate ethics professor at the University of Texas, Timothy Werner, said boycotts rarely harm companies financially, but firms must weigh the social implications of their association with the NRA.

Hertz, whose headquarters is in Estero, was the only company who did not immediately return NBC2's request for comment regarding whether the rent-a-car company would continue participating in the NRA benefits program. Many of those tweeting are in the entertainment industry. Finally, though, it appears as though we may have reached a tipping point, as corporate partners of the NRA are abruptly pulling out of longstanding deals.

"To be affiliated with them, whether you are a company or a lawmaker, it is not going to pay off in the long run", said the Moms Demand Action founder Watts, signalling the start of a broader campaign.

The NRA has not commented on the boycott movement, but NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said in a political conference Thursday: "They want to make us all less free".

Hertz announced its decision via Twitter, where the hashtag #BoycottNRA called on the companies named by Think Progress to end their affiliations with the lobbying giant.

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