Gun injuries decrease 20% during NRA conferences, study finds


To the editor: Marc A. Thiessen's recent commentary piece said, "The NRA is a grass-roots organization made up of millions of decent, patriotic Americans who believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens make our country safer, not more unsafe".

The company also reiterated in the release its reasoning behind the decision.

The businesses include Delta and United airlines; Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, National and Alamo rental vehicle companies; Best Western Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham hotels; North American Van Lines Inc.; MetLife Inc., which offered auto and home insurance incentive programs for NRA members; and Chubb Ltd, which underwrites an NRA-branded insurance policy for gun owners.

The Harvard research team analyzed gun-related injuries that occurred between 2007 and 2015 during NRA conventions.

From airlines to hearing aid manufacturers, here is a sampling of the companies that have ended their relationships with the NRA or the gun industry, have yet to make a change, or have affirmed their current policies.

Delta's balancing act in particular sparked a harsh response from Georgia's Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

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The NRA calls the move a "shameful display of cowardice".

More than a dozen companies, including Hertz, United, and Delta, have cut ties with the NRA in recent days.

Holt pointed to other instances when companies have weighed in on political or social issues, including in the aftermath of President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, or Trump's remarks after white supremacist protests in Charlottesville. Companies have become more aware of public sentiment that can be amplified over Twitter and other platforms. The NRA's leader, Wayne LaPierre, has railed last week against "opportunists" who are exploiting the massacre "for political gain".

"It's a different communication paradigm than it was five years ago and that's the thing", Passikoff said.

In an earlier Tweet, Hogg also called on shareholders to sell off FedEx stock until the company officially severs ties with the NRA. Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) warned his party members that in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, a desire for greater gun control could cause some moderate voters to support Democrats in the November midterm elections, especially suburban women. Several of the hospitality firms that have cut ties can figure out just how much of an impact cutting a discount benefit will have and act accordingly. "That is really a question for local governments, local school boards", Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters on Tuesday. No one action - a march, the announcement from Dick's Sporting Goods, termination of marketing partnerships - will spell the end of the NRA's power. Visa said it strives to make its payment services available to everyone within the confines of national and global laws. "UPS provides highly competitive commercial terms", the company said in a statement.

Sirva: Allied and North American, two moving-van lines that are both owned by Sirva, said the brands "no longer have an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately".