Companies cutting partnerships with NRA

Companies cutting partnerships with NRA

Over the past two weeks, major players across corporate America have publicly distanced themselves from gun makers and their lobbyists.

Pop-rock band blink-182 has announced it will boycott shipping company FedEx over its continued support for the National Rifle Association following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida this month. And several businesses that sell guns have raised the minimum age for firearm and ammunition purchases. Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. were among companies being pressured Monday on social media to drop the lobbying group's streaming TV channel. "Despite that, some corporations have chose to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".

With the debate over US gun policy heating up, a new study uncovers an interesting connection: Fewer Americans fall victim to firearm injuries during the annual meetings hosted by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"Very few boycotts ever result in a significant change in consumer behavior", said Brayden King, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management who has studied hundreds of such protest actions dating to 1990.

"Republican and Republican-leaning gun owners are twice as likely as Democratic and Democratic-leaning gun owners to say they belong to the NRA (24% vs. 11%)". "This study is another example of when data and numbers fly in the face of logic and common sense", said Jennifer Baker, the NRA's director of public affairs, in a statement.

Delta's decision reflects the airline's neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. Increased gun sales are the only thing that matter to the gun industry. "We believe this is due to brief reductions in gun use during the dates of these meetings", Jena says. "These kids talk about enough is enough".

But the NRA still has a powerful friend in their membership, which contributes impressively to the organization's lobbying arm. "Our terms allow UPS to decline service for unlawful conduct, misrepresentation or other contractual issues".

FedEx said on Monday that while it disagrees with the NRA's policies, it will continue to offer members discounts. Those stores sell general merchandise, including outdoor and housing goods.

Lockton: The insurance company said it will "discontinue providing brokerage services for NRA-endorsed insurance programs".

A number of companies that once saw value in partnering with the National Rifle Association have chose to end their connections with the organization.

Other companies are severing their ties with the NRA, mostly through eliminating discounts offered to members. Other credit card companies did not respond to requests for comment. The airline also asked to have its name removed from the NRA's meeting website. - The vehicle rental company, which also owns Alamo and National, cut off discounts for NRA members.

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