Companies Are Breaking Ties With The NRA In An Avalanche Of Backlash

With every school shooting comes the hope that this one might be different—that people will finally be moved by the gruesome horror show to stand up and demand some kind of change. Unless you’re the National Rifle Association, in which case you do everything in your power to smother any backlash in the crib. The Parkland survivors who organized an intense public pressure campaign for stricter gun control gave everyone who’s NOT the NRA a little more hope this time, and it seems to be paying off. After ThinkProgress did the legwork of ferreting out which private corporations still have ties to the NRA in the form of discounts and other deals, public pressure has forced these companies to abandon the toxic gun manufacturers lobby.

Thanks to the courageous, media-savvy teens who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, brands previously partnered with the NRA are abandoning the gun manufacturer’s lobby in droves.

Car Rental companies are leaving:

Airlines are flying away:

Moving companies are heading out:

A hearing aid company has, uh, heard the voices of the activists:

MetLife insurance is gone:

Symantec too:

The National Rifle Association responded with a whiny press release accusing the brands of “political and civic cowardice.”

The statement attempts to frame the boycott as an attack on their members, which it’s quite plainly not.

And yet, there’s still one major company that has refused to cut its ties to the NRA…

According to the New York Daily News, the NRA Business Alliance “offers members up to 26% discounts on their package costs.” Pretty plum discount on shipping bump stocks!

But the pressure is mounting from celebrities…

…and the Parkland teens themselves…

Feel free to hit them up on Twitter and Facebook! And if you’d like to put the pressure on the gun manufacturers themselves, there are two petitions circulating asking for the resignations from the board of directors of the company that makes the AR-15.