Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Delta, United join list of companies to pull back from NRA

Delta, United join list of companies to pull back from NRA

Following the lead of Enterprise Holdings and several nationwide companies, Hertz and Avis Budget Group announced they are ending their discount programs with the National Rifle Association.

The company also requested the NRA remove its information from their website. First National Bank of Omaha also said on Thursday it would not renew a contract with the organization to issue an NRA-branded Visa card.

Numerous terminated agreements include the companies no longer giving discounts to NRA members, a perk that attracted them to join the association.

Two other companies - the insurer Chubb and Wyndham Hotel Group - confirmed to CNNMoney Friday that they've recently ended partnerships with the NRA.

The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major auto rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members.

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Many companies cited customer complaints in their vows to discontinue discount programs specific to members of the NRA.

The insurance firm Chubb said it had already stopped underwriting an NRA-branded insurance policy as of three months ago.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they made a decision to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media. The NRA "member benefits" page offers savings on a credit card, hearing aids, life insurance, home security systems, vehicle purchases, moving fees, prescription drugs, and branded checkbooks, among other things.

Delta and United are the latest to submit to the pressure. The pro-gun group has become a focal point for those advocating for stricter gun control and more action from politicians since the shooting.

Enterprise Holdings, which owns three vehicle rental brands, confirmed on Twitter that it is ending its discount offered to NRA members. People then started posting comments on the social media platforms of numerous companies urging them to take action. None of the companies immediately responded to requests for comment on the letters.

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Wyndham Hotel Group said in a statement that it "ended our relationship with the NRA late past year".

On the other end of the spectrum, former Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted, "Maybe there is more promise in developments such as these than relying on a Congress in the thrall of the gun industry". Rather than just following the standard post-mass shooting script, Parkland students are firing back at right-wing conspiracy theorists and forcing ineffectual, NRA-sympathetic senators like Marco Rubio into an embarrassing defensive crouch.

Both companies released their statements dozens of times on Twitter in response to calls for them to sever ties with the NRA.

Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks. Among them is Flordia Governor Rick Scott, who supports raising the minimum age for gun purchases from 18-years-old to 21.

"Many in legacy media love mass shootings", NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday at a conservative political conference.

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Stoneman Douglas survivors have also mobilized students from across the country, who have been protesting, staging school walkouts and calling on legislators to act.

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