As pressure mounts, more companies end ties with NRA

Delta and United join list of companies to cut ties with the NRA

Bank of America wants to talk to its customers who make guns

Companies are throwing themselves headfirst into the gun debate by having agreements in place with the NRA.

More than half a dozen U.S. companies have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Consumers have urged a boycott of businesses linked to the powerful gun lobby.

The airlines are the latest in a string of corporations to sever ties with the NRA in the wake of the shooting, which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The suspect in the attack, Nikolas Cruz, was said to be obsessed with guns and bought the semi-automatic rifle he allegedly used at the school in Parkland legally past year while aged 18.

Mr LaPierre said "opportunists" were using the 14 February tragedy, in which 17 people were killed, to expand gun control and abolish United States gun rights. And the gun lobbying group, which is funded largely by its own members, is unlikely to be moved by snubs from companies with which it had only loose and peripheral ties.

"We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA's rental auto discount program with Hertz", the company tweeted Friday.

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. "You better not spend a dime with the NRA or we won't spend a dime with you".

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But Loesch accused the media of exploiting the tragedy. 'Our own security personnel accompanied Ms. But he did not say whether she had been threatened. "I call BS!" she said to cheers.

The NRA responded by saying its members were being punished, but would not be intimidated, by what it called "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" from some corporations. Thank you again for reaching out.

"Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that". As multiple news outlets have noted, the NRA has become a strong political force, due largely to its political donations and millions of members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation's largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

Symantec Corp.: - "Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association", the software company, which makes Norton Antivirus technology, tweeted Friday.

We value all our customers but have made a decision to end our discount program with the NRA.

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.

This week, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on "every citizen who loves this country and treasures its freedom to stand and unflinchingly defend the Second Amendment, the one freedom that protects us all". He was speaking at a conference attended by conservative activists in Maryland.

On Friday, President Donald Trump reiterated to CPAC for the third time this week the need to arm teachers with concealed weapons to prevent more shootings in US schools.

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