NRA members are fighting back at the wave of public backlash following last week’s school shooting in Florida.
Three car rental companies severed ties with the National Rifle Association on Thursday, ending discounts for members of the gun rights group. The move prompted public outcry from NRA members, who vowed to boycott Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental services.
The three companies are owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc. All three gave public notice via Twitter that the discount program for NRA members will end next month.
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/tRdHdoevfT
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/gwYeQR3xAh
— Alamo Rent A Car (@alamocares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/BMqcoac4s2
— National Car Rental (@nationalcares) February 23, 2018
In each case, Enterprise Holdings said “We ended the program, effective March 26.”
In response, many NRA members and Twitter users sympathetic to the organization vowed to cease using Enterprise’s services.
Well eff you too! We’ll never use Enterprise again.
FTR…I didn’t even use your discount.#NRA Lifetime member ??
— NormalDawn (@noprezzie2012) February 23, 2018
I am now ending my relationship with EnterpriseRentACar.
— dcal4570 (@dcal4570) February 23, 2018
Well I guess I will be severing all relations with your company.
— M Kevin Moore (@MKMOOREDisaster) February 23, 2018
Thanks for reminding me why I’ll be using Turo from here on. ???
— Paul Nehlen (@adamciferri) February 23, 2018
Conservatives can play the same game.
— Kingsley Zissou (@RonPaul4Eva) February 23, 2018
Thanks for letting me know. I will no longer rent from a company that actively avoid supporting the bill of rights.
— Dirigo Law (@DirigoLaw) February 23, 2018
You all do realize that other companies will step in to replace National right? If just 10% of NRA members rent a car once a month, thats a $24 million per year gain.
— NorthTexasConsulting (@notxconsulting) February 23, 2018
It is unfortunate that your rental companies have fallen victim to a group who cares not about safety, but about condemning safe, trained citizens protecting their neighbors and loved ones. Effective immediately, My 2 companies have cancelled accounts with your rental agencies.
— MaryS Garmon-Ritchie (@MarySGarmon) February 23, 2018
In addition to Enterprise, First National Bank of Omaha, the nation’s largest privately owned bank, also announced on Thursday that it would end its contract with the NRA for a branded VISA card.
Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
— FNBO (@fnbo) February 22, 2018
The NRA has been the target of scrutiny in the wake of the shooting at Parkland, Fla.’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead.
Some observers, like documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, have even called the NRA a “terrorist organization.”
The NRA is a terrorist organization. The media should speak of the NRA in the same way they do ISIS. Total ISIS-inspired deaths in US = 79. Thanks to the NRA & the politicians they buy, we’ve had 1.2 MILLION American gun deaths since John Lennon was shot dead in NYC #NRAKillsKids
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 23, 2018
Dana Loesch, a spokesperson for the NRA, addressed concerns from shooting survivors at a CNN town hall in Sunrise, Fla. Wednesday.
At the event, pro-gun control student Emma Gonzalez told Loesch “I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that you will not.”
President Trump has responded to the tragedy with several recommendations, including expanding background checks, banning “bump stocks,” and arming teachers.