A student-led movement of survivors of the mass murder at Marjory Stonenan Douglas High School Feb. 14 has been focused, and brought to the international stage, through protests and broadcast appearances that demand mostly GOP members of Congress and President Trump himself to reject donations from the powerful gun lobby. The #NeverAgain movement, founded by a school shooting survivor, is the voice focused on raising public awareness and pressuring companies to abandon the NRA and refuse its money.
What you need to know:
1. Delta Offered an NRA Travel Discount Program
Delta airlines announced Saturday morning that it will not only discontinue its discount travel program with the NRA, but said it would ask the gun lobby to remove it from their website. The move followed pressure for the airline to refuse travel deals for NRA members.
The NRA offers a code, “NMRN4 in the “Meeting Event Code” field” for travelers to fly Delta to its annual convention in Dallas for a discounted rate.
Friday Delta defended its program saying its contract with the NRA was a matter of routine and in fact, the airline offers a couple of thousand such deals with other corporate partners.
But by Saturday morning, had changed its mind.
2.The ‘Boycott NRA’ Social Media Campaign Recently Took Flight
From the mouths of babes comes power, especially when the words are a demand that major US corporations stop doing business with the NRA. Students from Parkland and cities and towns across the US jumped aboard the #NeverAgain movement to demand government enact strict and sweeping gun control measures. Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez was one of the first students to speak directly to President Trump calling him and elected officials out for accepting millions of dollars and for kowtowing to the NRA. And fellow school shooting survivor Cameron Kasky founded the #NeverAgain movement, a stand against gun violence. Even gun owners support bans on assault rifles.
The #BoycottNRA campaign picked up steam quickly and Delta was a target because of its discounts offered to NRA members to attend NRA convention.
3. A List of Major Companies Announced They Were Ending Their NRA Partnerships & Programs
Despite the NRA’s position that “guns don’t kill people by themselves,” a growing number of big businesses including banks, insurance companies, and travel-related giants are dropping benefit programs with the NRA after an outcry and boycott campaign on social media.
The list of companies jumping ship include Wyndham Worldwide, Chubb insurance underwriters, MetLife, First National Bank of Omaha and the chorus grows.
First National Bank of Omaha said it would no longer do a NRA Visa card.
Next, Enterprise announced on Twitter in response to a growing call to boycott the NRA that “all three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26.” By late Friday, the security companies Symantec and SimpliSafe left, MetLife, moving company Allied and more began to cut ties.
4. NRA Member Benefits Are Myriad & Include Significant Discounts For Travel With Its Partners & Plenty More
NRA membership, which costs $40 a year, includes discounts on you-name-it: Up to 65% off on hotels globally, flight discounts and other travel-related deals like car rentals with the pitch you’ll “Keep more of your money when renting a car. Act now and hit the road with big savings;” prescription drug discounts; car-buying deals; and myriad types of insurance from life, health, and accident to gun replacement insurance and separate “firearms-related” insurance that covers liability; a “valuable insurance protection for yourself, your family and your firearms.” Members can even save half off the cost of paper checks with NRA customized checks and mailing labels.
5. Delta’s Decision To Cut Ties With the NRA Might Be Seen as a Savvy Public Relations Move
The video and story of a man who’d used the restroom on a plane when he was told he couldn’t was removed from the aircraft despite his pleas that he had no choice; it was an emergency call of nature.