The National Rifle Association, NRA, may need “Thoughts And Prayers” which it’s cronies in halls of power always seem eager to offer after mass shootings, as Delta Air Lines, United Air, Alamo Rent a Car, MetLife, Avis, Allied Van Lines, Bestwestern, Budget, Chubb Insurance, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, First National Bank of Omaha, Hertz, North American Van Lines, Paramount Rx, SimpliSafe, Symantec and TrueCar are among the growing list of financial enablers and partners of the NRA who have taken to the exits in the wake of several anti-NRA campaigns – after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed and several wounded by 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz – a former student at the school.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday (Feb 24) became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week’s massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.
The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to car rental brands and a household moving company, began after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter US gun laws.
NRA’s enablers are retreating in the wake of several campaigns by survivors of the florida schooting shooting.
“My name is Cameron Kasky. I am a student at Stoneman Douglas. I created the #NeverAgain movement as well as the March for Our lives. Our team has been working hard since day one. The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organzing a march like this. We have people making more specific plans, but for now know that this is for the march and everything left over will be going to the victims’ funds. These donations are not tax deductible. Thank you”, Cameron Kasky, a survivor, announced.
You may donate to this cause at marchforourlives.com or https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives.
At the of writing this report, the march for our lives campaign on it’s website shows: “$2,608,810 of $2.8M goal
Raised by 32,416 people in 7 days”.
Some of the highest GoFundMe donations have come from philanthropists such as Jeff Raikes — the former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and his wife, Tricia, as well as Chris and Camille Bently, who run the Bently Foundation, which supports organizations in the areas of the environment, the arts, and animal welfare, according to its website.
This does not include the millions of dollars raised by A-list celebrities including Oprah, George and Amal Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the March for Our Lives GoFundMe page has raised an additional $2.7 million as of Tuesday.
Several large progressive organizations, donors, and a high-powered public relations firm are backing the March for Our Lives movement, which is quickly evolving from a student-run social media effort to end gun violence into one backed by some of the most influential activists in the country.
Major players and organizations, including American Federation of Teachers, Planned Parenthood, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for the March for Our Lives rally and beyond – Nigeria Circle News learnt.
Everytown for Gun Safety — bankrolled mostly by Michael Bloomberg — recently secured a $1 million donation from entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad.
In tweets on Saturday, Delta and United said they were no longer offering NRA members discounted rates and that they would ask the NRA to remove their information from its website.
The attrition of NRA corporate partners began on Thursday when three rental car brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs, and First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew the NRA’s contract to issue a co-branded Visa card.
By Friday, the list of defectors grew to include Symantec Corp, which ended a discount program for its LifeLock identity theft product. Home security company SimpliSafe and Hertz Corp also terminated discount programs.
Chubb Ltd said it would stop underwriting a NRA-branded insurance policy for gun owners that covers legal costs in self-defense shootings. Another insurer, MetLife Inc , also said it had ended an auto and home incentive program for NRA members. And North American Van Lines said it was scrapping its an affiliate relationship with the NRA.
TrueCar announced Friday on Twitter that it would end its car buying service relationship with the NRA on Feb. 28. The partnership with TrueCar allowed NRA members to save an average of nearly $3,400 off retail price on new and used cars, according to the NRA’s website.
The NRA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. It actually has 501(c)(4) status, meaning it is regarded as a “social welfare organization” by the IRS. 501(c)(4) status organizations are required to bring about civic betterment and social improvements.
The NRA, which has long used campaign donations and effective lobbying to command political influence, argues that stricter gun control would erode individual rights.
Survivors of the shooting have focused much of their attention on GOP lawmakers who have received campaign contributions from the group.
Brian Krassenstein @krassenstein: “An NRA Political boycott is what we need. @realDonaldTrump $30M, @SenJohnMcCain $7.7M, @RichardBurr_DN $6.9M, @RoyBlunt $4.5M, @SenThomTillis $4.4M, @SenCoryGardner $3.8M, @marcorubio $3.3M, @joniernst $3M, @senrobportman $3M.
I Pledge Not to Vote for Anyone accepting NRA Money”