NRA or gun salesmen?

Emmett Rice
March 4, 2018

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

Overnight shipping giant FedEx defended its business relationship with the National Rifle Association Feb. 26, saying the gun group is just another client whose politics they ignore. And several businesses that sell guns have raised the minimum age for firearm and ammunition purchases. All of these companies have so far declined to halt streaming of the gun lobby's television channel, NRATV.

Monday, in a lengthy statement, FedEx said it opposes assault weapons but would not cave to political pressure and would not stop offering discounted shipping rates to NRA members.

The NRA website says the ratings are nonpartisan and based on legislators' records on the sole issue of gun rights and unquestioning support of the 2nd Amendment.

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Also, insurance underwriters Chubb Ltd and Lockton announced that they will no longer broker policies for NRA Carry Guard, the self defense insurance the gun lobby launched less than a year ago.

Delta's decision reflects the airline's neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. But public attention can be short-lived, and there can be blowback, as Delta Air Lines discovered when Georgia lawmakers threatened to withhold a promised tax break. But it shows that the meaning of gun ownership really has changed and that even among Republicans gun ownership means starkly different things. "These kids talk about enough is enough". "Drop your support of the NRA or we will be looking at other options".

"Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association", the cybersecurity company said in a short announcement on Twitter.

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First National Bank of Omaha: The bank said it will stop issuing an NRA-branded Visa card.

UPS said in response that it does not disclose the terms of its customer contracts. Those stores sell general merchandise, including outdoor and housing goods.

The prescription company Paramount Rx tweeted that it is working with a "third-party vendor" to end its NRA-affiliated prescription discount program.

Nearly a year ago, NPQ suggested that boycotts were a big part of the new face of corporate social responsibility, particularly when a business partner's reputation threatens to taint your own.

"These findings are consistent with reductions in firearm injuries occurring as a result of lower rates of firearm use during the brief period when many firearm owners and owners of places where firearms are used may be attending an NRA convention", Jena and Olenski write.

Metlife, Delta and more than a dozen others have made a decision to end benefits deals offered to the organization's members.

This second statement in as many days on the matter came after many gun control advocates, including Parkland massacre survivor David Hogg who applied pressure on the shipping company via social media after FedEx's original statement was released.

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