ATLANTA, GA — Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will be ending discounts for National Rifle Association members, joining a growing list of businesses cutting ties with the gun group in the wake of last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
On Saturday, Atlanta-based Delta announced it is “reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program.”
“We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website,” the airline said in the statement, which was shared on social media Saturday morning.
About two hours later, United Airlines similarly announced it will no longer be offering discounted travel to the NRA’s annual meeting and also is asking the group to remove United information from its websites.
The two airlines joined a growing list of companies distancing themselves from the NRA since a shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 people — most of them students. The NRA has aggressively resisted calls for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting.
Online, petitions began circulating targeting companies that have deals with the NRA and the hashtag #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter. Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs.
On Friday, insurance company MetLife Inc. discontinued its discount program with the NRA. The software company Symantec Corp., which makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same. Insurer Chubb Ltd. also said Friday it was ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, but it had provided notice three months ago.
A day earlier, car rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA on Thursday as well.
Speaking this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting.
“Evil walks among us and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” LaPierre said Thursday. “The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous.”
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