Radio Host: Companies Splitting From NRA 'Basing Business Practices on Thought-Policing'

25 February, 2018, 19:01 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Radio Host: Companies Splitting From NRA 'Basing Business Practices on Thought-Policing'

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and spoke of "the breakneck speed for gun control laws", following the Florida shooting.

A spokesperson for Symantec, which makes the Norton anti-virus software and owns the identity theft protection company LifeLock, said Friday that it has "stopped its discount program" for NRA members.

The NRA's credit card partner, First National Bank of Omaha, "will not renew" its NRA Visa Card contract with the organization, bank spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement Thursday.

A recent Bloomberg analysis revealed that many big investors have divested gun company holdings while others push NRA members within the industry to adopt intelligent gun control laws in the United States.

Demonstrations by Stoneman Douglas survivors have mobilized students across the country, who have been protesting, staging school walkouts and calling on legislators to act.

Lockton, another insurance firm, continues to underwrite policies for the NRA Carry Guard program, according to the NRA's website. Advocates are targeting not weapons makers, but banks, rental vehicle agencies, airlines, insurers and other companies with ties to the NRA.

Insurance giant MetLife said in a tweet Friday that it's end its discount program for NRA members.

NRA leaders emerged in unannounced appearances at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local reporting failures for the Florida shooting.

America's National Rifle Association has hit out at "failures" of police and the school where 17 people died in a mass shooting as it reacted to an online boycott.

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Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. "Banks and other companies are sensitive to being on the wrong side of a social media campaign, which can spread pretty quickly these days", said Erik Gordon, a University of MI business professor who has taught classes on marketing.

"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, signaling the start of a broader campaign.

The new and dynamic youth-led gun safety movement, #NeverAgain, has pushed the National Rifle Association's leadership onto the ropes.

The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to vehicle rental brands and a household moving company, began after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter US gun laws.

"Despite that, some corporations have made a decision to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice", the NRA said.

The report cites local Florida state officials who claim all gun legislation in the state goes through Hammer. As the New York Times points out, with a ridiculously NRA-friendly president and Congress, the organization can't rely on painting itself and its members as victims of a coming liberal gun round-up.

For Watts, targeting companies is a way to pressure Washington and effect broader change.

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".

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