National Protest Action
February 26, 2018
On February 14, 2018, seventeen students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were killed when a shooter opened fire at the school. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a debate on gun control in the United States emerged with arguments for more gun control and restrictions and arguments that opposed many of those proposals. The National Rifle Association (NRA), which bills itself as a civil rights organization that strives to protect the Second Amendment, were accused of trying to undermine legislative proposals that could be implemented to reduce incidents of school and mass shootings in America. In response to a perceived inability to influence state and federal legislators to enact more restrictive gun laws because of the political influence of the NRA, numerous companies decided to distance themselves and reduce their business associations with the NRA. LEARN MORE
In recent years, the United States has experienced an increasing number of fatal shootings with numerous fatalities at places of learning and in the workplace. In the aftermath of these tragic shootings, there have been discussions on what can be done to prevent incidents in the future but nothing of substance has been implemented at the federal or state level. The NRA has traditionally been at the forefront of opposing gun restriction legislation and has been very effective at influencing politicians. The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School appears to be different because of events that have transpired that did not occur after other shootings in years past. Likely because of a CNN town hall meeting video of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) meeting with school survivors, most of America saw the anger in the students about why nothing was being done. And in a surprising move, numerous companies decided to cut ties with the NRA because of the perceived influence they have in defeating gun restriction legislation. At last count, twenty-four companies have decided to cut ties or reduce business associations with the NRA after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. There have been four medical services companies that have reduced business ties. Six travel service companies, including two airline carriers and a number of car rental companies, have followed suit. In addition, two banks and four companies in the insurance industry, some of whom provided gun insurance to NRA members, have also announced they will discontinue benefits to NRA members. (See the specific list of companies in Engagement Resources below).
This is remarkable because these types of incidents did not happen after mass shootings in years past. What has been put on display is the anger of high school students and citizens and companies who are simply fed up with the lack of progress at the state and federal level to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The hope is that America has now finally turned the corner. It remains to be seen what will happen but with companies now willing to distance themselves from the NRA and an upcoming student protest march planned for later in March that a more open and honest dialogue about gun control can occur without the discussion being twisted and manipulated by the interests of the NRA. LEARN MORE, LEARN MORE
- March For Our Lives – online petition and webpage for info on March 24, 2018 march to end gun violence and school shootings in America today. Started by survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
- Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence – non – profit group advocating an end to gun violence.
- Every Town For Gun Safety – non – profit group looking to end gun violence and build safer communities.
- Coalition To Stop Gun Violence – coalition group on issues of guns in America.
- Listing of Companies That Have Reduced Business Ties With the NRA – sorted by category:
- Health Services Companies: MetLife, Teledoc, Starkey Hearing Technologies and Paramount RX
- Insurance Companies: Chubb, Securian Financial Group, MetLife and Lockton
- Banks: First National Bank of Omaha and Republic Bank
- Travel Services: Enterprise, Hertz, Allied Van Lines, North American Van Lines, Avis, Budget, TrueCar, Delta Airlines and United Airlines
- Software: Symantec and Lifelock
This brief was compiled by Rod Maggay. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.