These Are The Companies Who Severed Ties With NRA After Viral Campaign

The list just keeps growing.

In the midst of growing public opposition to the National Rifle Association, businesses across a spectrum of industries announced they are cutting ties with the gun rights advocacy group this week. From ending discounts to the NRA's members to no longer offering credit cards with the organization's branding, companies are responding to the newly intensified national debate over gun control after 17 individuals were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last week. Many of the announcements have come via social media and after #BoycottNRA saw users, and customers, reaching out to specific brands with known relationships with the NRA.

It started Thursday when First National Bank of Omaha stated via tweet that in response to "customer feedback," it will no longer issue the NRA Visa Card. Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of rental car agencies Alamo, Enterprise, and National, then announced it was ending its discount program for NRA members

From there, the list continued to grow. As of publication, airlines Delta and United Airlines; car buying service TrueCar; car rental companies Avis, Budget, and Hertz; moving van companies Allied and North American;  cybersecurity firm Symantec, which makes Norton antivirus software and identity theft protection company LifeLock; home security company SimpliSafe and insurance companies  MetLife and Chubb have all announced the termination of any discount-partnership with the NRA. The list is expected to continue to grow over the weekend. 

While none of the companies have given details to why they decided to cut ties with the lobbying group, for many, a grassroots campaign can be largely credited as the catalyst. On Tuesday, liberal-leaning think tank ThinkProgress published a list of 27 businesses that have partnerships with the NRA. From there, hundreds of posts were directed to those companies, and #BoycottNRA became the rallying hashtag for those looking for hold industries accountable.

Much of the continued pressure for real change with regards to gun violence in the U.S. can be credited to the survivors of the Stoneman High School shooting. Several students have vowed to not return to class until gun laws change and are planning the March for Our Lives protest on March 24 in Washington, D.C. 

"We're going to use this to try and make something better out of it," junior Cameron Kasky told CNN this week. "This is the only country where this kind of thing happens… we had to prepare extensively at Stoneman Douglass and that shocked people. This is something that can be stopped, and this is something that will be stopped."

As of publication, the NRA has not responded to the announcements. 

Cover image via KMH Photovideo / Shutterstock

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