On Saturday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) lashed out at companies that have cut ties with them.
After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many companies have cut ties with the gun lobby group.
It started on Thursday with First National Bank of Omaha that revealed they will not renew its NRA visa card. Later that day, a major car rental company giant, Enterprise Holdings, followed the bank’s lead.
The latest to cut ties was Delta and United Airlines that announced on Saturday morning that they have ended their flight discounts to the annual NRA convention.
Later in the afternoon, the NRA released a statement accusing the companies who have cut ties with them of “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
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They also blamed the school, federal and law enforcement for their failed response to the shooting.
In the statement, they believe that other companies will replace the ones that have left.
They stated, “In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”
The gun lobby group also added that the cutting of ties doesn’t scare them or distract them from their mission.
The statement continued, “Let it be absolutely clear, the loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”
This isn’t the first time the NRA has faced public anger. For example, after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, they faced something similar.
However, the outrage over the Parkland shooting appears to be different. There are politically active teenager survivors of the shooting, armed and skilled with social media, who are not willing to back down until something is done.
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