NRA boycott: FedEx to keep its discount; 10 companies drop gun group
- Devin Neal
Dozens of high-profile companies severed their sponsorships and discounts previously offered to National Rifle Association members in the wake of the February 14 shooting that left 17 Florida high school students dead.
So far, thanks to an outcry over social media and the Parkland victims themselves, brands like MetLife, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Enterprise Holdings (parent company of Alamo, Enterprise, and Budget auto rental brands) have all ended their discount partnerships with the NRA.
The NRA claims 5 million members, representing between 5% and 20% of gun owners nationwide, whose precise numbers are unknown.
"If we keep applying pressure, then things will change", FedEx Customer Pastor Cortney Pruitt said. "FedEx has never provided any donation or sponsorship to the NRA and remains committed to all our customers independent of their political affiliations and views".
According to the First National Bank of Omaha website, they are "currently redesigning" their website. Of course, these brands have also seen their fair share of backlash for the move from the NRA and its supporters.
When a state hosted a convention, and presumably a higher percentage of local gun enthusiasts attended, gun-related injuries in that state fell 50%, said Dr. Anupam Jena, the study's senior author and an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. "While we strongly support the constitutional right of USA citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused", the company said in a statement.
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"While we strongly support the constitutional right of USA citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused", FedEx said. The airline company has axed a discount program for NRA members.
FedEx did not offer any additional comment on the planned boycott, nor did the company agree to answer any questions about the two released statements.
The company tweeted: "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA".
The National Rifle Association asserts firearms are safe in the hands of people who know how to use them.
In a response to a Twitter user, the company tweeted: "Thank you for contacting us!" - The vehicle rental company, which also owns Alamo and National, cut off discounts for NRA members.
American Airlines, which is based in Texas but has its second-busiest hub in Charlotte, said in a statement that it does not offer discounted group travel rates to the NRA. - The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.