NRA under fire as corporate companies sever ties

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NRA under fire as corporate companies sever ties
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25 February, 2018

NRA's convention website stated, "NRA has also contracted special flight discounts with United Airlines and Delta Airlines, specifically for members attending the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits".

Many companies cited customer complaints in their vows to discontinue discount programs specific to members of the NRA.

First National Bank of Omaha announced Thursday that it would not renew its contract to issue NRA-branded credit cards, The Washington Post reported. The rental vehicle company ended its discount program for NRA members.

Clayton-based 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.

Delta and United Airlines are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association, the latest in major companies to do so following the deadly shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month. More companies have followed suit, including Enterprise Holdings, which owns major auto rental companies like Alamo and Enterprise, with Hertz soon joining in.

On the same day, Chubb Limited announced that it will stop underwriting "NRA Carry Guard", a policy marketed to NRA members who face legal or civil lawsuits after they shoot someone, which gun opponents sometimes call "murder insurance".

Best Western - The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.

"Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that".

Two other companies - the insurer Chubb and Wyndham Hotel Group - confirmed to CNNMoney Friday that they've recently ended partnerships with the NRA.

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First National, Enterprise, MetLife, and Symantec were among brands targeted by ThinkProgress, a left-leaning activist organization mobilizing young people to protest corporate giveaways to NRA members. On Tuesday, before it ended its relationship with the NRA, a representative of North American called it a "great program" in an interview with ThinkProgress.

The NRA did not respond to an NPR request for comment.

From the mouths of babes comes power, especially when the words are a demand that major USA corporations stop doing business with the NRA.

"We have asked them to remove our listing from their benefits site", the spokesperson added.

But it is not a novelty for companies to distance themselves from the group after mass shootings.

"They want to make us all less free", NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said when he took the microphone after Loesch. "As usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain", he said.

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.

Blackrock Inc.is among the largest stakeholders in Sturm Ruger & Co., American Outdoor Brands Corp. and Vista Outdoor Inc., but it holds only indirect investments in those gun manufacturers.

On Wednesday, at a CNN town hall, Florida Sen.


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