Brand Names that have already cut ties with the NRA
As of 2/24/18, the brand names listed below have already cut ties with the NRA after the recent boycotts, definitively proving that the student marches have the influence to change history now, and undoubtedly in the voting booth later in 2018 and 2020. People on social media are calling for boycotts of companies that offer special deals to NRA members who, as part of their membership, receive discounts on things like car rentals and prescription drugs; and companies not only listen, but they act, which is something that our legislators have failed to do. Congratulations to all of the following companies:
- Allied Van Lines
- First National Bank of Omaha
- Paramount Rx
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Alamo Rent-A-Car
- National Car Rental
- Best Western
- Wyndham Hotel Group
- Republic Bank
- Avis Car Rental
- Budget Car Rental
- Chubb Limited
Thankfully, the movement begun by the students is beginning to spread:
- On 2/28/18, Edward Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, announced that Dick’s would stop selling assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines in all 720 of its stores nationwide, and that it would not sell guns of any kind to anyone under the age of 21. Stack said that his company was inspired to take action by the student survivors in Parkland, Florida who have been leading the calls for tougher gun regulations and improved safety. Be sure to support Dick’s Sporting Goods for all of your sports related purchases!
- On 2/28/18, Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, said it would stop selling weapons and ammunition of any kind to anyone under the age of 21. Way to go, Walmart!
- On 3/1/18, Kroger, the nation’s largest grocer, announced it would raise the age for weapons purchases at its Fred Meyer general merchandise stores! Congratulations to Kroger!
- On 3/2/18, L.L. Bean raised its minimum age for purchasing guns or ammunition to 21. We congratulate L.L. Bean. Be sure to support L.L. Bean whenever you can!
If the movement against assault rifle sales to civilians keeps spreading, there are signs it could threaten the financial and political cornerstones of the gun lobby. As of 3/3/18, the movement has already affected the stock prices of the gun manufacturers, with American Outdoor Brands (formerly Smith & Wesson) dropping 8% since the shooting and Vista Outdoor dropping by 7%, all while the rest of the stock market has risen. On 2/28/18, Sturm Ruger reported double digit declines in sales and earnings, while Remington is preparing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The teenagers of “Generation Z” have the will and the numbers to help break the logjam that has so far prevented changes in gun laws that the majority of Americans have wanted for so long.