NRA to companies: 'loss of a discount' won't scare members

  • NRA to companies: 'loss of a discount' won't scare members

NRA to companies: 'loss of a discount' won't scare members

More than a dozen companies have ended discount programs for NRA members in recent days, including Delta, United, insurer MetLife, and vehicle rental companies Avis Budget and Hertz.

Last week, the website ThinkProgress named 22 major companies involved in corporate partnerships with the pro-gun lobby.

It should be no surprise to anyone that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment right of Americans to own firearms.

The package delivery company is the latest business to distance itself from the NRA since the mass shooting at a South Florida high school two weeks ago. FedEx, for example, which offers NRA members a discount on domestic and global shipping, said that while it doesn't agree with the NRA's stance on assault weapons, it will continue to offer these cheaper rates. Delta Airlines will no longer offer discounted group travel rates to NRA members.

The NRA called the decisions to cut ties "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" in a statement Saturday, and said that it would not scare any of the NRA's more than five million members in "the greatest nation in the world". It's not immediately clear what the company's relationship with the NRA entailed. MetLife ended its NRA member discount.

Citing company beliefs that it will not change pricing based of the opinions of customers of all backgrounds, FedEx said it will continue to honor the pricing for NRA members. Big Purple offers deep discounts to NRA members, although they did have some words about assault rifles, like the one used to kill 17 students and teachers this month in a Florida high school.

The NRA defended itself with a statement: "Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have chose to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community". Hogg tweeted. "We could pressure them to stop business until @FedEx ends their support for the NRA". Under its logic, FedEx is essentially saying the NRA is grandfathered into its discount program and can't be shut out for political reasons.

Other companies include Vinesse Wines, which operates the "official wine club of the NRA", Clearent, Lockton Affinity, Chromecast, Omni Hotels, Manage URLD, NetSpend, Life Line Screening, and Vista Outdoor will continue to host the NRA's annual gun show booth and sponsor NRAtv.

Still, many have found it hard to wade into the public battle over gun rights without taking political heat or alienating part of their customer base.