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:
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/gwYeQR3xAh
— Alamo Rent A Car (@alamocares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/tRdHdoevfT
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
Airlines are flying away:
Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
Moving companies are heading out:
Allied Van Lines no longer has an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately. We have asked them to remove our listing from their benefits site.
— Allied Van Lines (@alliedvl) February 23, 2018
northAmerican Van Lines no longer has an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately. We have asked them to remove our listing from their benefits site.
— North American VL (@northAmericanVL) February 23, 2018
A hearing aid company has, uh, heard the voices of the activists:
We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA. We will be asking them to remove our information from their website. Our focus remains on bringing better hearing to people around the world in partnership with hearing professionals.
— Starkey Hearing (@starkeyhearing) February 24, 2018
MetLife insurance is gone:
We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA.
— MetLife (@MetLife) February 23, 2018
Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.
— Symantec (@symantec) February 23, 2018
The National Rifle Association responded with a whiny press release accusing the brands of “political and civic cowardice.”
NRA Statement: “Some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civil cowardice.” pic.twitter.com/REwgYwHIj9
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) February 24, 2018
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…
This company has been weirdly resistant to ending its relationship with the NRA. Ken let's see what you wrote down pic.twitter.com/jdgRTKash5
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) February 24, 2018
— Ryan Knight #BoycottNRA (@ProudResister) February 25, 2018
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…
We’re asking you to please sever your ties to the #NRA. Their stronghold on our political system is a threat to our democracy and the safety of the American people.
Alyssa Milano, CA
(Sign this tweet to fedex by adding your name in the replies)#BoycottNRA
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 23, 2018
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) February 25, 2018
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 25, 2018
…and the Parkland teens themselves…
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 24, 2018
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.