NRA Facing Major Corporate Backlash

A number of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after 17 people were murdered at Parkland High School. The action came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter last week. Over the weekend, more and more companies took action against the NRA.

MetLife Inc. has since discontinued its discount program with the NRA. Hertz and Symantec Corp., the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same.

“We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company tweeted Friday.

Insurer Chubb Ltd. said it is ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program but gave the organization notice nearly three months ago. Wyndham Hotels and Best Western hotels announced they are no longer affiliated with the NRA.

Bob Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and a scholar on gun politics, said the reaction was likely a reaction to the student mobilization that followed the Florida shooting and that it was too soon to tell how significantly it will sway the country’s wider gun debate.

“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer told ABC News. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.”

On another note, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre feels this way:


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