Sensing collateral damage, US companies - from Enterprise to Symantec - split with NRA

More than half a dozen US companies, including Clayton-based rental vehicle giant Enterprise Holdings, have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Clayton-based rental vehicle giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car is dropping a discount for National Rifle Association members.

First National Bank of Omaha, one of the country's largest privately held banks, also announced Thursday the end of a credit-card co-branding deal with the NRA. We welcome tips and feedback.

Enterprise - the parent company of car-rental brands Enterprise, Alamo and National - cut ties on Thursday, when it discontinued an arrangement that offered discounts to NRA members.

Company spokespeople would not elaborate on the announcements.

The NRA was not immediately available for comment.

The NRA set up a booth at the conference to sign up new members and recruit campaign field workers for the November mid-term elections in which Democrats are trying to take over control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans. The organization offers "five-star savings" on offers from banking to shipping packages to prescription drugs.

"You want a hardened school, and I want a hardened school, too". "Actually, at one point he stopped and he said, 'I sense it's a little quiet out there.' It was quiet, he said, because they must be scared and all gun owners should be".

A quick look at the NRA website confirms all kinds of special deals from vehicle rentals to moving companies to insurance to home security systems to travel and even to wine. Like Wyndham, the company took to social media to respond to dozens of messages, saying it "does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association".

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in his first public comments since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, said NRA members mourn for the Florida victims but at the same time issued a searing indictment of gun control proponents for attempting to "exploit tragedy for political gain". A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream.

Insurer Chubb Ltd. said Friday it is ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, but it had provided notice three months ago. 77% of NRA members are also Republicans.

Trump, who has backed gun rights and has been supported by the NRA, raised the idea of arming teachers during an emotional, hourlong discussion with people affected by school shootings. But the Washington Post reports that a spokesman with the state pension fund said that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by president Donald Trump and others to designate more people - including trained teachers - to carry arms on school grounds.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch told CNN that increasing the age required to purchase firearms like that used in the recent Florida school shooting "is not going to solve psychosis".

And despite whatever daylight may open in the days ahead between Trump and the NRA - on strengthening background checks, raising age requirements for gun purchases, and how exactly to change the rules around "bump stocks" - he and LaPierre agree on something else: that the NRA cares.

  • Zachary Reyes