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NRA faces corporate backlash after Parkland, Florida school shooting

NRA faces corporate backlash after Parkland, Florida school shooting NRA faces corporate backlash after Parkland, Florida school shooting
Patty Aguilar | 25 February, 2018, 03:04

On Friday, vehicle rental company Hertz said in a tweet that it's also ending its NRA rental auto discount program. "We value all our customers but have chose to end our discount program with the NRA", the company told USA TODAY in a statement.

After the shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, survivors of the massacre have protested for stronger gun laws.

Under the hashtag #BoycottNRA, social media is now calling out companies that offer special benefits to NRA members.

£BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter.

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA", First National Bank of Omaha told CNBC.

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". It will include a large digital and mail voter registration program, as well as a pre-registration program for 17 years olds in states such as Florida and California.

Hammer said the NRA "conceptually" supports the idea of restricting gun access to the mentally ill but could not comment on the specific proposals by the governor and legislators because they had not yet released the language and "this is very tricky stuff".

Late Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise, Alamo and National rental vehicle brands, said all three will sever ties next month.

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The Florida state legislature voted down a motion that would ban assault weapons and increase background checks. CAPA senior Red Goblet said that politicians should put students first.

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Lockton, another insurance firm, continues to underwrite policies for the NRA Carry Guard program, according to the NRA's website. The Twitter hashtag "BoycottNRA" gained momentum in wake of last week's school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

Caraway said, "It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas, but it is putting all citizens first, and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table and to address this madness now".

First National Bank of Omaha said it would no longer do a NRA Visa card. Emma Stone, backed up by a plethora of other celebrities, launched an ad campaign to rouse support against the gun lobbyist group "NRA" and encouraged followers to text "REJECT" to 644-33, which would forward messages to local representatives.

"To be affiliated with them, whether you are a company or a lawmaker, it is not going to pay off in the long run", said the Moms Demand Action founder Watts, signalling the start of a broader campaign.

The NRA, which claims five million members, did not respond to a request for comment about effect of the boycott.

Credit the activists who have decided enough is enough and taken to social media to tell companies that have worked out deals and discounts with the uncompromising gun lobby that they will boycott them if their professional relationships continue.

This is at odds with Trump's suggestion that 21, rather than the current 18, should be the minimum required age to purchase so-called assault rifles in the U.S. The students themselves say they do not need anyone's approval and refuse to align with any political party, pointing out that both Republicans and Democrats take NRA money.

When the N.R.A. used a GIF of Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope to thank spokeswoman Dana Loesch for speaking out at the Sunrise town hall, Amy Poehler was not happy. To date the NRA-owned Congress couldn't even close the loop hole for banning bump stocks, and Trump eliminated background checks for firearms purchases by the mentally unstable.

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