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NRA brushes off business shunnings

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/26/18, 12:38 pm

WASHINGTON—The National Rifle Association (NRA) downplayed the effect of more than a dozen corporations ending special deals with group members since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. “Some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice,” the NRA wrote in a statement. “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.” A growing list of businesses began distancing themselves from the NRA over the weekend after survivors of the shooting, in which 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people, rallied for gun control. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced they would no longer provide discounted flights to NRA members or grant subsidized group rates for the NRA’s annual meeting. Hertz and Enterprise announced they would also no longer extend discounts on car rentals to NRA members. “Let it be absolutely clear,” the NRA’s statement continued. “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.” The NRA has more than 5 million members in the United States. Since the tragedy in Parkland, the NRA said it needs to be harder for mentally ill Americans to obtain firearms, but it dismissed calls to ban assault weapons. The NRA also signaled support for President Donald Trump’s idea to arm more teachers and other school personnel to deter attacks.

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  • TxAgEngr
    Posted: Mon, 02/26/2018 03:34 pm

    These traumatized high school students are being seduced into desiring to trade their 2nd Amendment birthright for a bowl of mythological safety porridge.  Their older siblings at college have already abandoned their 1st Amendment rights for alleged Safe Spaces.  Their Left-wing handlers have historically called these kinds of people "useful idiots".  The "Assault Weapons Ban" of the past had no discernable effect on crime, but it did cost the Democrats some seats.

    These corporate efforts will have no effect on the NRA.  If anything, it might make their membership increase.  You will recall that guns sales hit record levels during the Obama administration.  Many gun stores across America had a framed photograph of the broadly smiling President Obama prominently displayed on the wall behind the cash register with the title "Gun Salesman of the Year" hanging below it.  With President Trump's election, gun sales have dropped so much that Remington has filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt.  Based on recent history, one would think the gun manufacturers would prefer Democrat presidents. 

  • Leeper
    Posted: Mon, 02/26/2018 06:56 pm

    I support the NRA because they support the 2nd amendment to the Constitution on my behalf. I support the entire constitution. Many in the media and government do not support the Constitution.


  • Slats
    Posted: Tue, 02/27/2018 10:33 am

    Looks like its time to rejoin NRA

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/27/2018 01:25 pm

    I believe the entire Constitution is relevant and valuable for our age, as much as for the age in which it was written, occasional missteps like Prohibition notwithstanding.  The Rights of the People enumerated in the Constitution are what have allowed the Citizens of the United States to prosper far beyond the dreams of those in less free parts of the world.   

    If your schooling failed to instruct you in the thinking of those who founded this Nation, may I suggest you begin with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  It's as close as Google.  (Although I wonder how long it will be before search engines begin blocking access to our founding documents as "intolerant" or "divisive" or "controversial.")

    The reasons for the inclusion of the Second Amendment are amply documented in numerous writings of the Founding Fathers, notably including the Declaration of Independence.  Regarding the relevance and purpose of the Second Amendment, focus for a few minutes on the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, that begins with these words:  "We hold these truths to be self evident..."

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Wed, 02/28/2018 05:15 am

    I just joined the NRA.  I don't own a gun.  I am tired of the overbearing and often violent reaction of the "left" to anything they are told they disagree with.  This type of violent behavior will cause a democracy to drift into civil war.  All must be allowed to discuss and debate ideas.  The tactic of screaming at your opposition will not work in the long run.