The National Rifle Association (NRA) is facing a huge public relations crisis after a deranged gunman in Florida killed 17 people during a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
And while the NRA and it’s puppets have trotted out their traditional defensive arguments and deflections, such as arguing for teachers to carry guns and blaming things like violent video games and movies, public sentiment seems to have shifted more against them than had been the case in the past.
Also, CNN’s town hall event featuring a condescending NRA spokesperson in Dana Loesch and an inept Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn’t help the NRA’s sinking poll numbers.
One thing that’s different about the response to this school shooting is the outcry from thousands of students across the U.S. Students are walking out of class and marching in protest to urge their lawmakers to change the gun laws. As a result, numerous big companies have decided to distance themselves from America’s biggest gun cult.
Joining the growing list of major corporations to abandon their association with the NRA are Delta and United airlines who both announced that they are ending their discount program for group travel to NRA events.
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
Car rental companies like Hertz, National, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, and Avis have ended similar programs. And two hotel chains also ended their partnerships with the NRA in recent years, Wyndham Worldwide and Best Western. And there’s mounting pressure on Amazon and Apple to pull NRATV from their media services.
While the NRA’s lost partnerships with other companies in the past, this seems to be a huge avalanche of professional partners distancing themselves quickly (and most likely permanently) from the organization.
Perhaps this time Americans have had enough of the NRA’s bullshit and will send a message at the polls throughout the year. It looks like political whores like Donald Trump and the Republican party may soon have to find a new sugar daddy to bankroll their campaigns.