It should be no surprise to anyone that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment right of Americans to own firearms. But, the question on the minds of many after the latest tragic school shooting on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is should new restrictions be placed on the purchase of firearms.
To date, the NRA has vigorously resisted any additional restrictions.
In the aftermath of the shooting, a social media campaign was launched to boycott companies that are partnered with the NRA. These partnerships often take the form of discounts for members of the organization, along with such things as branded credit cards, special insurance programs for gun owners, and more. And as a growing number of companies cut their ties to the National Rifle Association, it's clear that the pressure is bearing fruit.
According to news reports, some of the companies that have recently dropped their partnerships with the NRA include:
- Alamo Rent a Car
- Best Western
- Chubb Insurance
- Delta Air Lines
- First National Bank of Omaha
- North American Van Lines
- United Airlines
This list is expected to continue to grow, despite a backlash from NRA supporters.
In just 48 hours, these companies cut ties with the NRA:-- George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 24, 2018
Allied Van Lines
First National Bank of Omaha
Other companies -- including FedEx, Life Line Screening, and Amazon (which streams NRAtv) -- are feeling the heat of angry consumers as the boycott gains momentum. However, as of now, they have not cut their ties to the NRA.
For its part, the NRA is not taking this turn of events lightly. Said a spokesperson for the organization, "Some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice."
Regardless of what you think about the boycott against the NRA, it's clear that some of America's top companies are putting distance between the organization and themselves. The ultimate impact on the NRA remains to be seen.