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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Gun Control: Big US Firms Cut Ties to NRA as Anti-Assault Weapon Movement Grows

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On Friday, major car rental agency Hertz tweeted that it’d stop providing discounts on cars to members of the notorious National Rifle Association (NRA), following last week’s massacre at a Florida high school. This week, USA-based rental car firms National Car Rental, Enterprise, and Alamo also announced that they’d cut ties with the NRA, a lobbying group that consistently funds legal challenges to common-sense gun control measures in the USA. These companies are part of a rapidly-growing list of corporations and investment entities that discontinued business relationships with the NRA following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week that killed 17 people (mostly teenaged students) and wounded 14 others. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics cited by the New York Times, the USA sees over 33,000 people each year… many of them children… shot and killed by high-powered military-grade assault rifles and handguns,.

On Thursday, the First National Bank of Omaha (the largest privately-held bank in the USA) announced that it’s severing ties with the increasingly-rightwing NRA by not issuing NRA-branded VISA credit cards. A recent Bloomberg analysis revealed that many big investors divested gun company holdings while others push NRA members within the industry to adopt intelligent gun control laws in the USA. Bloomberg also reported that an increasing number of pension funds and municipalities demand that stock portfolios eliminate companies that manufacture or sell firearms. According to Gizmodo, one of America’s largest security software companies, Symantec, also ended a business partnership with the NRA. Symantec (maker of Norton antivirus software) acquired LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, in 2017 and the branch likewise ended discounts for NRA members.

24 February 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201802241061965178-big-US-firms-cut-ties-to-NRA-anti-assault-weapon-movement-grows/

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