Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Symantec ends NRA membership deals after backlash

Rep. Ted Deutch said Political parties must work together to prevent mass shootings, save lives
Kenny Thornton | 24 February, 2018, 12:27

"Consumers are no longer interested in helping companies that don't share their values", Thomas said in a statement. Business Insider reported, though, that Wyndham ended its discount program for NRA members late previous year.

SimpliSafe, a home security services company, also ended its NRA promotions. In an email to the Guardian, the chain said it ended its relationship "late last year".

As business connections between Enterprise and the NRA began to surface, people began tweeting at the rental auto company using the #BOYCOTTNRA hashtag.

On Thursday, the family-owned First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew NRA-branded credit cards, citing "customer feedback".

The news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has taken social media by storm.

In 2016, North Carolina was the target of a business boycott after it enacted a "bathroom bill" requiring transgender people to use bathrooms based on their assigned gender at birth.

Following the decision, "Amanda Gailey, the group's director, said she applauded the bank for listening to customer concerns that, 'the time has come for us to stop aggrandizing gun culture, '" Olberding reports.

But NRA EVP and CEO Wayne LaPierre yesterday told the Conservative Political Action Conference, "As usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for gain", reports Paul Davidson for USA Today.

The bank was on a list of companies that have co-branding or other deals with the NRA, published earlier this week by the progressive site ThinkProgress.

"In the midst of genuine grief, in an understandable passion, as millions of Americans searched for meaningful solutions, what do we find?"

Handprints of gold medalists to be displayed at PyeongChang Olympics commemorative hall
Entering the day, Norway is running away with the lead thanks to 35 overall medals - 13 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze. Elana Meyers Taylor of the USA and Kaillie Humphries of Canada won silver and bronze, respectively.

The car-rental giants Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, and Avis Budget Group say they will end discount promotions available to members of the National Rifle Association.

They're not the only companies under pressure: Amazon users, along with actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter, are campaigning for that company to drop its NRA video channel.

But some are major national and global companies. NRA Business Alliance members receive up to a 26 percent discount on shipping expenses through FedEx.

The company, the largest privately owned bank in the United States, has not made any other public statements and declined to offer any other information on Twitter.

"A prominent private banking company, top vehicle rental chains and a pair of major insurance companies are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association amid a social media movement to "#BoycottNRA".

Amazon did not immediately return requests for comment.

Auto rental company Enterprise said this week it is ending a discount program for NRA members.

According to Think Progress, True Car also offers various discounts to card carrying NRA members. "Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that".

Still, many companies continue to have a relationship with the advocacy group, including SimpliSafe and Hotel Planner. The bank was the official credit card of the NRA, but it, too, will no longer be associated with the gun rights advocacy group.

Amazon is also being pressured to ban NRATV, which offers 36 original series, from streaming on its platforms.

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