Eli Ridder | The Post

In the past two days, several companies in the United States have cut ties with the National Rifle Association amid public backlash over gun control in a boycott movement largely led by survivors of the Florida high school shooting. 

Two airlines, six car rental companies, a bank, a software firm and two insurance company have ended discounts and benefits for NRA members, and requested their brands be pulled off the lobby’s website.

Survivors have started a “#BoycottNRA” movement against companies with business ties offered to the claimed five million members of the NRA.

The suspect in the attack on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Nikolas Cruz, was reportedly “obsessed” with guns and bought the AR-15 genre semi-automatic rifle he used in the shooting legally at age 18.

The NRA is an organization that lobbies politicians in the U.S. for pro-gun policy supported by the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment.

United Airlines, Delta, Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, First National Bank of Omaha, Chubb, Symantec, MetLife, Allied Van Lines and NorthAmerican Van Lines make up the companies that so far have cut ties with the NRA.

The National Rifle Association responded by attacking “the number of failures by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies” as part of a series of tweets that also included directly blaming Broward’s Sheriff’s Office for the Parkland shooting.

U.S. President Donald Trump, along with a majority of the usually pro-2nd Amendment Republican Party, has attacked gun control, saying that the weapons don not kill people, but that “people kill people”, largely blaming mental health.

During a listening session with Florida survivors, Mr. Trump promoted the idea of teachers carrying concealed weapons to fend off “coward” would-be mass shooters.

More details to follow. Image of Donald Trump with a rifle from The Daily Beast. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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