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Companies cut ties with the NRA; FedEx stands pat

02 March 2018

Delta and United, two of the largest airlines in the world, have joined a growing list of companies cutting ties with the National Rifle Association amid a growing boycott movement inspired by the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle.

The carriers said they will end discount programmes with members of the group following the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in United States history.

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Delta Airlines and United Airlines are the latest major companies to cut ties with the NRA. Lockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dozens of college and universities are telling students who may face discipline at their high schools for participating in gun control demonstrations to relax: It won't affect their chances of getting into their schools.

MetLife, the giant NY life insurer, also said Friday it has canceled its NRA group-discount program. But later in that statement, FedEx said it would keep a discount in place for NRA members.

Symantec didn't elaborate on why it chose to end its discount program, but earlier this week, the progressive advocacy organization ThinkProgress highlighted the security firm as one of several companies that offer discounts to NRA members.

The NRA's credit card partner, First National Bank of Omaha, "will not renew" its NRA Visa Card contract with the organization, bank spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement Thursday.

On Friday, vehicle rental company Hertz said in a tweet that it's also ending its NRA rental auto discount program.

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A growing number of large companies have announced they are cutting or reducing ties with the NRA.

"The "#BoycottNRA" hashtag has gained traction on Twitter since the Valentine Day's rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 14 students and three staff dead.

"FedEx has never provided any donation or sponsorship to the NRA which is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants that serve more than one million customers".

"Despite that, some corporations have chose to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice", the statement said.

Spitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate.

In that same statement, FedEx distanced itself from the NRA's views on gun policy and safety.

But the NRA, which spends millions on advertising and lobbying against gun control, is losing support amongst image-conscious companies.

Other companies include Vinesse Wines, which operates the "official wine club of the NRA", Clearent, Lockton Affinity, Chromecast, Omni Hotels, Manage URLD, NetSpend, Life Line Screening, and Vista Outdoor will continue to host the NRA's annual gun show booth and sponsor NRAtv.

Companies cut ties with the NRA; FedEx stands pat