Pressured by a Tweet frenzy last week, more than a dozen companies (some of them major) decided to sever their relationships with the NRA. Many companies, both local and national, offer NRA members special discounts and offers; however, a growing list of these have started bowing out of these partnerships.
It started Thursday, Feb. 22 when The First National Bank of Omaha, which offered an NRA-branded Visa card, abruptly Tweeted that it was no longer offering the card due to “customer feedback.” Enterprise Holdings car rental company, which also runs Alamo and National followed shortly.
Since then, 16 more companies have ended their discount programs:
- Avis Budget rental cars
- Hertz rental cars
- TrueCar price comparison website
- Chubb Ltd insurance company which underwrote the NRA’s Carry Guard program. A Chubb spokesperson said the relationship was terminated three months ago.
- MetLife Inc. insurance
- Symantec software company which makes Norton antivirus and LifeLock
- SimpliSafe home security systems
- Best Western hotel chain—apparently this was just a public reminder that they didn’t have a relationship with the NRA
- Wyndham hotels
- Delta Airlines
- United Airlines
- Paramount RX pharmacy benefits management company
- Starkey Hearing hearing aids
- Sirva, which is the parent company of Allied and North American moving truck companies
- Republic Bank
- Harland Clarke which prints NRA-branded checks
It is reported that the Bank of America and Blackrock, Inc. which is one of the largest stakeholders in Ruger, American Outdoor Brands (formerly Smith & Wesson Holding), and Vista Outdoors will “re-examine” their relationships. In a statement from the Bank of America, it plans “to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility.”
In response, the NRA said the “…loss of discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend…individual freedoms… In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”
We’re betting this list will continue to grow.