Delta and United Airlines announced Saturday that they would be severing ties with the National Rifle Association, becoming the latest in a string of companies to distance themselves from the extremist gun group. Activists are calling for a boycott following last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, including children. Teenage shooting survivors such as David Hogg, who had to hide in a closet with classmates as the gunman roamed the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are demanding action instead of ‘thoughts and prayers.’
The First National Bank of Omaha announced on Thursday it would stop issuing NRA-branded Visa credit cards. Enterprise Holdings said that it will end its discount program for NRA members. Avis, Budget, and Hertz cut ties with the NRA, too. Symantec tweeted that it has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.
But there are other companies that refuse to end their affiliation with the NRA. There’s the NRA-branded prepaid Visa debit card that is available through NetSpend. Visa — the parent company — was quick to point out that they do not endorse the NRA or offer discounts for members:
“Visa has no contractual or financial relationship with the NRA,” a spokesperson told HuffPo. “Visa co-branded cards do not represent an endorsement by Visa of that cause or organization. We strive to make our payment services available to all people in all places, for uses consistent with local, national, and international laws.”
A NetSpend spokesperson said that the company is “reviewing the relationship.”
FedEx offers discounts to NRA members, despite efforts even before the Florida massacre to pressure the shipping company to end the relationship.
Meanwhile, Amazon, Apple, Roku, and YouTube are facing increased calls to drop the National Rifle Association’s TV channel from their streaming services. Even venerable Google, through its Chromecast device, offers NRA content that is used to spread their message.
The list of companies still affiliated with the NRA is longer than we can publish here — but the gun promotion group has done the hard work for you. You can click here for a lookup tool directly on the NRA website to see if a company you like is doing business with them.
The NRA’s brand is becoming increasingly more toxic. What was once a gun safety group, turned into a rabid, partisan group that releases violent ads.
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