On February 14, 2018, yet another mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and fourteen more were taken to hospitals. The shooter was 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz… may he rot in hell. As we’ve seen this play out numerous times over the years this incident has lead to numerous debates, which have turned political, which have lead to more debates, which have lead to name calling, which will lead to absolutely nothing. DICK’s Sporting Goods has taken matters into their own hands. Regardless of where you stand on the Second Amendment you’ve got to applaud DICK’s for taking a stand.
Since the event, several other brands have been backing away from the NRA including:
- First National Bank of Omaha — The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.
- The Hertz Corp. — The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.
- MetLife Inc. — The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website.
- Enterprise Holdings Inc. — The car rental company, which also owns Alamo and National, cut off discounts for NRA members.
- Symantec Corp. — The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.
- Chubb Ltd. — The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.
- Best Western — The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.
- Wyndham Hotels — The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.
- Delta — The airline announced on Twitter that it was ending its contact contract for discounted rates through their group travel program.
- United Airlines — Similarly, United Airlines wrote on Twitter: “We will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting
I’m not a guy guy. I’ve never been a gun guy and most likely never will be a gun guy. That said, I totally understand folks who are they they’ve that right. I have a hard time understanding why automatic weapons or high capacity magazines are a thing that a civilian needs to have. Sadly our government either can’t or won’t do anything about it. If they won’t, the people and companies, will have to do it for them.