Boycott pressures major companies to cut ties with NRA

Companies with ties to the NRA are coming under pressure to cut ties as consumers urge a boycott in the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week.

So far more than half a dozen have already cut ties, with businesses ranging from car rental and banks to cybersecurity severing links to the NRA.

The campaign ramped up following a speech by NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, in which he said “opportunists” were trying to exploit the shooting to abolish gun rights in the US.

The boycott is targeting many companies that offer discounts and rewards to NRA members.

The NRA defended itself on Twitter, placing the blame instead on failures by law enforcement agencies.

“Instead of placing the blame on an organization that defends everyone’s #2A rights, maybe people should take a hard look at the number of failures by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, or does that not fit your agenda?”

US President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to defend the NRA.

“What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

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