Companies including Best Western, Hertz and Wyndham aim affiliation after #BoycottNRA campaign gains momentum on social media
US corporations are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association as the gun hall comes under increasing pressure following the mass killing in Florida last week.
On Friday, Hertz announced it was severing ties with the NRA. The auto rental firm had offered discounts to NRA members.
The move came as Best Western and Wyndham Hotels, which had offered discounts to NRA members, substantiated they had cut ties with the group after a social media campaign applying the hashtag #BoycottNRA targeted them and others.
Insurer Chubb has furthermore dropped embrace for NRA Carry Guard insurance, which insures firearm owners for legal and other costs if they shoot someone and claim self-defense. Pressure group Everytown for Gun Safety, which has been pressing for Chubb to aim the coverage for months, praised the move.
John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, said:” For years, the NRA has pushed to allow handguns for anyone, anywhere, anytime- no questions asked. With Carry Guard, the NRA has figured out how to profit from firearm owners who are concerned about being accused of slaughter. Carry Guard is a danger to the American populace, pure and simple .”
Membership of the NRA comes with discounts on goods and services including auto rental, inns, home insurance and wine. But the companies that provide those services are coming under increasing pressure to step back after the Parkland shooting, which claimed 17 lives.
On Friday, one of the survivors of the shooting, 17 -year-old David Hogg, who has become a powerful voice in the push for stricter handgun statutes, joined the debate and exhorted FedEx to stop its relationship with the NRA.
Wyndham” is no longer affiliated with the NRA”, the hotel group said on Twitter. In an email to the Guardian, the chain said it objective its relationship” late last year “.
Best Western, which has recently offered perks to NRA members, tweeted that it” does not have an affiliation with and is no longer an corporate spouse of the National Rifle Association “.
Other corporations that have announced they have severed ties include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which owns Enterprise, Alamo and National, and First National Bank of Omaha, which announced it would aim a Visa credit card it offered with NRA branding.
The moves are putting pressure on other corporations that maintain ties with the NRA. On Twitter, people utilizing the hashtag #StopNRAmazon are calling on Amazon to plummet the NRA’s video channel from its streaming service.