According to a new report, the movement to boycott the NRA has been a failure.
In the last week or so, the NRA has increased its members by 500,000, which is a 10% increase for the 5 million original members.
The National Rifle Association has criticized more than a dozen companies for choosing to sever partnerships following the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The group called such moves a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice”.
On Saturday, in similarly worded statements, the airlines Delta and United said they would end discount programs for NRA members.
The carriers joined more than a dozen businesses, including the car hire brands Hertz, Budget and Avis, the hotel chains Best Western and Wyndham Hotels and the software firms Symantec and Norton, that have ended various loyalty and discount schemes for NRA members.
In response, the NRA has taken the unusual step of attacking the businesses. In a statement, it said the companies had unfairly sought to “punish” the group’s five million members over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland.
“The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement,” the NRA said.
“Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
The NRA said the departing companies would be replaced and added: “The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”