Enterprise vehicle rental ends NRA partnership

Under pressure, more than a dozen companies - including auto rental giants Hertz and Budget, First National Bank and MetLife insurance - have ended their relationships with the NRA, according to progressive news site ThinkProgess.

Flags fly over a First National Bank branch in Omaha, Neb., Feb. 23, 2018.

USA cybersecurity firm Symantec also took to Twitter on Friday to announce it would stop its discount program with the group.

MetLife: The home and automobile insurance provider previously offered "generous pre-negotiated NRA group discounts".

One user, with nearly a quarter of a million followers, tagged a slew of brands in his post, including NRA partners Hertz Corp. and LifeLock.

About a dozen other companies with marketing ties to the NRA, including FedEx Corp and Hertz, which offer discount programs, did not respond to requests for comment. The gunman, alleged to be a former student at the school, was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle during the massacre. Survivors of the shooting have focused much of their attention on GOP lawmakers who have received campaign contributions from the group.

The social media-fueled campaign has already led a range of corporations, from a major insurer to three vehicle rental brands, to sever their relationships with the gun rights advocacy group.

Like other organizations that charge a yearly membership fee, the lobby relies on perks to entice potential members. Six auto rental brands.

"FNBO has informed us of its intention not to renew the NRA co-branded card program when its agreement with the NRA expires", Visa said.

The companies' decision occurred after the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media. The bank said the decision was a response to "customer feedback [that] caused us to review our relationship with the NRA".

United States president Donald Trump has defied many of his supporters in gun lobbying group the National Rifle Association (NRA) by saying assault rifles should be kept out of the hands of anyone under 21.

Enterprise followed a few hours later on Thursday.

First National, Enterprise, MetLife, and Symantec were among brands targeted by ThinkProgress, a left-leaning activist organisation mobilising young people to protest corporate giveaways to NRA members.

Late Friday morning, LifeLock owner Symantec announced it would break off from the NRA.

Corporations that ended their discount programs with NRA members on Friday included insurance company MetLife, vehicle rental company Hertz, and Symantec Corp., the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology. Security systems maker Simplisafe also dropped the gun group.

However, the World-Herald quoted Rod Moeller, director of government affairs for the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, saying that the group will "be giving strong consideration to moving their accounts to a bank that hasn't bowed to political pressure". The list and the calls to boycott the brands are getting thousands of retweets. Mike Pence signed legislation allowing businesses and individuals to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

The teenage activists themselves are collecting millions of dollars from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, enjoy pro bono advertising from people in Hollywood and organisational know-how from groups including the Women's March.

  • Leroy Wright