Airlines, banks, car rental companies, hoteliers and insurers have cut their ties to the National Rifle Association after the latest US school shooting, as pressure from customers and campaigners forced corporate America to take sides on one of the country’s most divisive social issues.
The Parkland shooting — and the NRA’s absurd, insensitive response to it — has increased pressure from consumers and activists on companies to cut ties. The hashtag #BoycottNRA has begun to pop up on Twitter.
As of Feb. 24, 2018, those companies are:
- Enterprise Holdings, operator of Enterprise, Alamo, and National Car Rental, said they were ending discount programs.
- TrueCar ended its car buying service relationship.
- Hertz ended its rental car discount program.
- Avis said it will end its NRA member discount in March.
- Symantec, which owns Norton AntiVirus and LifeLock, severed its partnership discount program.
- MetLife ended its discount program for NRA members.
- SimpliSafe, a home security company, said it ended its relationship with the NRA.
- Best Western said it has no affiliation with the NRA, nor is a corporate partner. It is unclear when it cut ties.
- Wyndham Hotels appears to have cut ties with the NRA in late 2017, before Parkland.
- First National Bank of Omaha said it would stop issuing co-branded credit cards with the NRA.
- United Airlines said it would no longer offer its special rate for the NRA’s annual meeting.
- Delta ended its contract for group travel discounts.
- Insurer Chubb said it would stop underwriting NRA-branded insurance for gun owners. Per Reuters, it made the decision months ago.
There are about five million official NRA members, and nearly 10 million additional people identify as supporters of the NRA although their membership has lapsed or they are part of a household that has a membership. NRA members are responsible gun owners who pass background checks, want to reduce crime, and support gun safety classes that train kids and adults to prevent accidents.Companies are now going after people not for anything they’ve done — the criminal in Florida was not an NRA member by any stretch of the imagination — but rather merely because of what they think.
Even more appalling, they are shunning millions of Americans for believing in something that is enshrined in the Constitution.