- FedEx has not cut ties with the National Rifle Association despite boycott threats and pressure from gun-control activists, nor publicly commented on its continuation of a discount program for members of the gun-rights organisation.
- More than a dozen companies have cut ties with the NRA following an online boycott campaign.
- Celebrities and students at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people earlier this month have spoken out against the company.
- FedEx announced on Monday it would continue to offer NRA members discounts, even though it says it does not agree with the association’s policies.
As brands increasingly cut ties with the National Rifle Association, one notable company is holding out.
Last week, in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, people on social media pressured companies that offer special deals to NRA members to cut ties with the gun-rights organisation.
While companies including United, Hertz, and MetLife have done so, FedEx, which offers NRA members discounts of up to 26% on shipping packages, has not.
Now, gun-control activists are doubling down on their efforts.
“So how else should we pressure @FedEx to end their relationship with the NRA?” tweeted David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who has since emerged as a leading voice on gun control.
— David Hogg Vote ???? (@davidhogg111) February 26, 2018
.@FedEx has heard from THOUSANDS of customers over the last few days.
The company could decide to stick with the NRA or end the relationship.
Instead, they are simply ignoring their customers. They aren't saying anything.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 26, 2018
Hey @FedEx, partnering w the @NRA does not follow your mission statement. They are unethical & are mortally bankrupt. Please end your relationship w them.https://t.co/f3bUBplPdd #BoycottFedEx #BoycottNRA pic.twitter.com/xjBh3iRUsy
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) February 26, 2018
Celebrities and well-known personalities including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Eichner, and Zach Braff tweeted over the weekend in support of the effort to boycott FedEx.
I totally agree
on my way to UPS
— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 26, 2018
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 25, 2018
FED EX = NRA. Since @FedEx refuses to cut ties with the NRA, we must #BoycottFedEx immediately. Whether ur a small business or major corporation, the only thing they care about is $$ so u have to hit them where it hurts. Plenty of other shipping options: @UPS @DHLUS #BoycottFedEx
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 25, 2018
The company’s social-media accounts have been flooded with boycott threats.
On Monday morning, The New York Times published an op-ed article encouraging people to boycott the delivery company.
“Ending a discount program won’t, in and of itself, save any lives or cause great political damage to the N.R.A.,” David Leonhardt wrote. “But the FedEx situation has now become something of a test case of the new anti-gun movement. It’s also a test case for whether a major company feels comfortable allying itself with a group that effectively promotes violence.”
While the boycott threats have piled up, some people on social media have lined up in support of FedEx.
FedEx responded to boycott threats in on Monday afternoon, in a statement saying it would continue to offer members of the gun-rights group discounts. However, FedEx additionally said it does not agree with the NRA’s policies.
“FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians,” the company said in a statement to Business Insider.
It continued: “While we strongly support the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused.”
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