Companies distance themselves from NRA following pressure over Florida school shooting


The Associated Press reported that MetLife Inc., the insurance company, stopped their NRA discount program, as did software company Symantec Corp. and vehicle rental companies Hertz and Enterprise Holdings. "There are only 5 million NRA members but over 300 million of us!" "We value all our customers but have made a decision to end our discount program with the NRA", the company told USA TODAY in a statement.

Both United and Delta are providing discounts to NRA members who are flying to the organization's annual convention, which is to be held in Dallas in May.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they chose to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media.

Inc and other online streaming platforms are also facing demands to drop the online video channel NRATV, featuring programming produced by the group.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, founded after 20 first-graders were shot and killed at a CT school in 2012, sent letters to Apple, AT&T, Amazon, Alphabet's Google and Roku on Friday, asking them to drop NRATV from their platforms. "Carry Guard is a danger to the American public, pure and simple", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Reacting to Caraway's comment, NRA representative Andrew Arunlanandam said, "No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city".

"Even if we disagree with management, we focus on engaging with the company and understanding how they are responding to society's expectations of them", BlackRock spokesperson Ed Sweeney said in a statement.

"There's nothing more important than protecting our children", Trump said, adding that he'd spoken with many members of Congress and NRA officials and insisting they would go along with his plans in the wake of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

MetLife Insurance, the Avis Budget group, home security firm Simplisafe, moving companies Allied Van Lines, and security firm Symantec Corp also distanced themselves from the NRA.

The US Constitution's Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to bear arms.

Protestors gather in support of stricter gun laws. The group has not commented on companies cutting ties.

The giant insurance company Chubb said Friday that it has discontinued a gun-insurance program that protected NRA members from lawsuits by people they shoot.

On Friday, Symantec, the cybersecurity company, announced via Twitter it has halted its NRA discount program. "If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect", Spitzer told the news service.

Campaign money also has been used to pay the NRA for sponsorship of dinners and other events.

On Friday, President Donald Trump reiterated to CPAC for the third time this week the need to arm teachers with concealed weapons to prevent more shootings in USA schools. Many of those tweeting are in the entertainment industry.

From the mouths of babes comes power, especially when the words are a demand that major U.S. corporations stop doing business with the NRA.

Some of those survivors confronted NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.