Delta and United Airlines have cut ties with the NRA

Lester Mason
February 26, 2018

According to the British news outlet, Telegraph, numerous American companies have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after public outrage against the gun lobby spread. Since that list went public, Alamo, Enterprise and National auto rental companies, as well as First National Bank, have ended their relationships with the NRA.

When a spokesperson for Enterprise was asked to comment, he would only say that the discount program with the NRA was ended effective March 26.

"Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program", the Atlanta-based airline said in a statement. They care more about control, and more of it. A bank spokesperson said "customer feedback" prompted a review of its partnership with the NRA, and it chose not to renew its current contract. This discount would offer members anywhere from 2 to 10 percent off their flights to Dallas. But the insurance company MetLife Inc. discontinued its discount program with the NRA on Friday.

On Thursday, First National Bank of Omaha said it would no longer offer the NRA-branded Visa credit card after receiving a torrent of customer complaints, the company announced on Twitter.

The moves made by the bank and rental vehicle company have their risks say experts, since those in favor of guns and support the NRA are as passionate in their belief as are those against guns. The e-commerce giant's streaming service carries NRATV, a show that recently published a controversial video claiming that "the mainstream media loves mass shootings".

Enterprise Holdings, which operates Alamo and National auto rentals as well, said it had ended its participation effective March 26.

Meanwhile, insurer Chubb has said it will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners.

The NRA released a statement on Saturday in response to businesses that have cut ties to the gun industry, calling the decision a "shameful display of political and civic cowardice".

"Their recent galvanization against the issue has made the NRA very uncool and an easy target for firms wanting to say to the most important cohort: "Hey, we get it, and are with you".

After the Parkland shooting, lawmakers and gun control advocates accused the NRA of blocking changes to gun laws, particularly tighter restrictions on AR-15 style rifles.

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