- National Rifle Association members, who pay annual dues, are eligible for discounts at a variety of companies, from hotels to insurance firms.
- Gun-control activists have put out calls to boycott companies that do business with the NRA.
- Many companies have cut ties with the NRA this week, but not all have just yet.
It’s been more than a week since a mass shooting left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida. It’s also been that long since the survivors of that shooting started speaking out, galvanizing a gun-control movement that hasn’t stopped growing since. So you’d think companies that had ties with the National Rifle Association might start thinking twice about those relationships, and sure enough, that’s what’s happening.
On Tuesday, ThinkProgress posted a list of companies that supported the NRA through these special offers, and for a second consecutive day, companies have cut ties to the NRA as it aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control. Supporters of gun control have urged companies on social media and signed petitions calling for them to end their ties with the group. Activists have even created a Google Doc of the companies involved with the NRA, urging people to boycott their products.
Members of the NRA, who pay a $40 annual fee, have access to special offers from partner companies on the group's website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. In fact, those discounts are some of the selling points for people to sign up with the NRA. Companies that have cut ties include MetLife, Symantec, Enterprise, Alamo, National, and First National Bank, which will not renew a co-branded NRA Visa credit card. But here are the companies that are still on board, for now, and how (or if) they have responded to any backlash.
The following companies still offer discounts for NRA members, according to the activist group NRA Boycott.
- Allied Van Lines: Has not issued a comment.
- American Cellars Wine Club (Vinesse Wines): Has not issued a comment.
- Checks in the Mail: Has not issued a comment.
- Direct Long Term Care: Has not issued a comment.
- eHealth: Has not issued a comment.
- Emergency Assistance Plus (Worldwide Rescue & Security): Has not issued a comment.
- FedEx: Has not issued a comment.
- Global Rescue: Has not issued a comment.
- Hertz: Has not issued a comment.
- HotelPlanner: “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA,” Tim Hentschel, co-founder of Hotel Planner, told Bloomberg. “These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted rooms from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block.”
- LifeLine Screening: Has not issued a comment.
- Lloyds of London: Has not issued a comment.
- Lockton Affinity: Has not issued a comment.
- LTCR (Long Term Care Resources): Has not issued a comment.
- ManageUrID: Has not issued a comment.
- MedFlight Freedom: Has not issued a comment.
- Medical Concierge Network: The company’s founder told ThinkProgress they had no comment on the NRA benefit, and that their company had similar ties “with several entities across all sorts of categories.”
- Net Spend: A spokesperson for the company issued the following statement to Esquire.com: “This program has been under review.”
- NorthAmerican Van Lines: “It’s a great program,” a customer service representative told ThinkProgress. “We’ve been doing this for many, many years for NRA members.”
- Paramount RX Inc.: Has not issued a comment.
- Securian Life Insurance Company: Has not issued a comment.
- Starkey Hearing Technologies: Has not issued a comment.
- Toco Warranty: Has not issued a comment.
- Travel Shield – On Call International: Has not issued a comment.
- TrueCar: Has not issued a comment.
- VISA: Has not issued a comment.
Gun control activists are also calling out streaming services that offer NRATV. “NRATV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said in a statement. It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.” Her group is specifically pointing to these five services that carry NRATV:
- Amazon: Has not issued a comment.
- Apple TV: Has not issued a comment.
- AT&T (DirecTV): Has not issued a comment.
- Roku: "We are an open platform for streaming and allow publishers to reach a TV audience," a spokesperson said in a statement to AdAge. "Roku prohibits publishers from distributing illegal content. If Roku determines that a channel is violating this standard, or any of its other terms of service, Roku takes appropriate action, which may include disabling the channel."
- Google: Has not issued a comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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