More companies sever ties with NRA, now include United, Delta, Hertz and MetLife
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A growing number of companies are announcing plans to sever ties with the National Rifle Association following the shooting massacre Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida that killed 17 students and staff, sparking renewed calls for gun control.
One of the first companies that said it would cut ties with the gun-rights lobbying group was First National Bank of Omaha, which announced Thursday that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit card with the NRA.
A slew of other companies — including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, MetLife Insurance Co., Hertz and Best Western — have followed suit, announcing plans to terminate special discounts and benefits for NRA members.
And as petitions circulate online urging companies to #BoycottNRA, the pressure to disassociate from the NRA is growing. #BoycottNRA has already trended on Twitter.
“The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement,” the NRA said in a statement Saturday. “Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
Below, a roundup of the companies that have distanced themselves from the NRA:
United Airlines: The airline said Saturday that is ending a discount it has offered for travel to the NRA’s annual meeting.
Delta Air Lines: Delta announced on Twitter on Saturday morning that it will be ending its contract with the NRA for discounted rates for group travel
FINANCE AND INSURANCE FIRMS
Chubb Ltd.: “Three months ago, Chubb provided notice of our intent to discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract,” the insurer said in a statement.”
First National Bank of Omaha: One of the country’s largest privately held banks tweeted Thursday, “Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.”
Metlife Inc.: “We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA,” the insurer tweeted Friday.
CAR-RENTAL AND CAR-BUYING SERVICE COMPANIES
The Hertz Corp.: “We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the rental car company tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Avis/Budget: The car rental company told ABC News in an email that as of March 26, “our brands will no longer provide the NRA member discount.”
Enterprise Holdings Inc.: The car rental company, which also owns Alamo and National, tweeted Friday, “All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26.”
TrueCar: “TrueCar is ending its car-buying service relationship with the NRA effective February 28, 2018,” the Santa Monica, California-based automotive pricing and information website tweeted Friday night.
Wyndham Hotels: “Hello. Please know, Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA,” the hotel chain tweeted at several social media users.
Best Western: “Best Western Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association,” the hotel chain tweeted, without saying when the decision to part ways was made.
Symantec Corp.: “Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association,” the software company, which makes Norton Antivirus technology, tweeted Friday.
SIRVA, parent company of both North American and Allied van lines, said in a statement Saturday that, effective immediately, it no longer has “an affiliate relationship” with the NRA. “We have asked them to remove our listing from their benefits site,” SIRVA said.
SimpliSafe, a Boston-based home security company,confirmed it too was cutting ties with the NRA. “We have discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA” SimpliSafe CEO Chad Laurans said in a statement.
The NRA’s press release also says that the “loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend … individual freedoms.”
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