U.S. firms continue to abandon gun lobby
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U.S. airlines Delta and United on Saturday joined the ever-expanding list of companies cutting ties with the National Rifle Association, the country’s powerful gun lobby, in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida. The “#BoycottNRA” hashtag has gained traction on Twitter since the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 14 students and three staff dead.
The two airlines join several other companies in retracting benefits for the NRA and its members, including rental car companies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz, First National Bank of Omaha and insurance providers Chubb and MetLife.
Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines, along with security company Symantec, have also severed ties. None of the companies explicitly linked their statements to the shooting in Florida, but their decisions come as activists are pushing for stronger gun controls in the United States.