- A mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school has spurred a growing number of calls for companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
- A number of retailers still offer perks to NRA members.
- These discounts help retain NRA members, according to Boycott NRA Partners.
On February 14, gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooting swiftly reinvigorated a national debate on gun control, with the teenage survivors leading the charge on demands for reform.
The backlash has centered on the National Rifle Association (NRA), an organisation that promotes gun rights in the United States. As multiple news outlets have noted, the NRA has become a strong political force, due largely to its political donations and millions of members.
One big way that the NRA retains its members is through discounts on everything from car insurance to hotel rooms. Dozens of American companies have partnered with the NRA to offer special perks to members. On the NRA membership benefits page, it stresses the “access to hundreds of dollars in savings” as a reason to join the organisation.
An activist group, which simply calls itself “Boycott NRA Partners,” has created a Google Doc that lists retailers that haven’t cut ties with the NRA. Below are the ones that Business Insider could verify:
- American Cellars Wine Club (Vinesse Wines)
- Avis ** until March 26
- Budget ** until March 26
- Emergency Assistance Plus (Worldwide Rescue & Security)
- Global Rescue
- Hotel Planner
- Life Line Screening
- Lockton Affinity
- LTCR (Long-Term Care Resources)
- Medical Concierge Network
- North American Van Lines
- Travel Shield – On Call International
As of writing, the hashtag #BoycottNRA has garnered more than 2.1 million impressions.
Several companies have decided to stop offering discounts to NRA members after the Florida shooting. They include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National, and Alamo.
Update – February 23rd, 1 pm: MetLife and SimpliSafe have confirmed to BI that they are stopping their discount programs with the NRA. Lifelock owner Symantec has also cut ties with the NRA.
Update – February 23rd, 5pm: Republic Bank & Trust Co. and Allied Van Lines confirmed to BI that they no longer have affiliate relationships with the NRA effective immediately. Avis and Budget discount programs will end effective March 26, and Netspend benefit programs are currently under review.
Update – February 23rd, 6pm: Hertz has stopped their NRA discount partnership.
Update – February 23rd, 8pm: Paramount Rx released the following statement to BI: “The perscription discount program that is made available to NRA members is offered through a third-party vendor. We are working with that vendor to discontinue the program and remove the offering.”
Update – February 24th, 11am: Voya Financial told BI that its subsidiary Reliastar has closed the NRA discount program.
Update – February 25th, 1pm: Toco Warranty has cut NRA ties, a company spokesperson said. Starkey Hearing Technologies has decided to do the same.
Update – February 26th, 5pm: The First National Bank of Omaha has discontinued its NRA-branded VISA card. VISA does not have a contractual relationship with the gun-rights group.
Update – February 26th, 6pm: Securian Life Insurance Company also provided the following statement to BI: “After thoughtful review, we have decided to discontinue marketing our insurance products as a National Rifle Association benefit. We have asked the NRA to remove our information from their website.”
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