Time for the liberal left to blame the NRA despite the fact the NRA had absolutely nothing to do with the shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA has the word “rifle” in it so it must inherently be bad according to the latest Democrat talking points.
Unfortunately, the vitriol directed at the NRA has spilled over into areas that have nothing to do with politics. The NRA is suffering in a variety of ways and some big companies are starting to speak out against the organization.
From New York Daily News:
A prominent private banking company and a top car rental chain are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association amid a social media movement to “#BoycottNRA.”
The First National Bank of Omaha in Nebraska will not renew its contract for the gun group’s NRA Visa card, spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement.
“Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA,” Langin said.
In addition, the car rental company Enterprise said its three brands would end a discount program for NRA members. Twitter accounts for Enterprise as well as Alamo and National tweeted late Thursday: “All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26.”
Makes absolutely no sense to take our anger and sadness out on the NRA.
Luckily, the move seems to be backfiring on Enterprise.
Never a good idea to alienate your customers like this.
There was no need to make this move. None at all. It was purely political and clearly some executives over at Enterprise harbor some animosity toward one of the fundamental rights Americans treasure.
Also, people need to understand that the NRA is not the behemoth it’s made out to be.
Of course, the NRA does spend money and it does have a sophisticated and persistent messaging operation. But so do dozens of other organizations and causes. So, how does the NRA stack up against them?
Not too well. The NRA, gun makers, and gun rights issues do not even show up on the OpenSecrets website lists for top lobbying firms, top lobbying sectors, top lobbying issues, or top lobbying industries for the years 1998-2017.
The figures for Florida Senator Marco Rubio are particularly educational, since he has been a target of a lot of anti-NRA screeds since the shooting in his home state. A look at the top 20 donors to Rubio directly and his PAC since 2009 does not include the NRA. Over his career since 2009, Rubio has raised a total of more than $91 million in donations. The NRA is responsible for just over $3 million of that, or 3.3 percent. Big whoop, as they say. Yes, $3 million is a lot of money and more than most of us could ever donate to anything. But context is everything, and the even a so-called “poster boy” for NRA donations would only be 3.3 percent lighter in campaign cash without them.
Again, that certainly doesn’t mean the NRA isn’t spending a lot of money. But the Poltifact fact-checking website puts the total amount of NRA spending since 1998 at $203 million. That figure is even smaller than it looks when you consider 30 percent of Americans, or about 100 million people, own a gun. By contrast, Wall Street and the broader financial industrial shelled out more than $1.1 billion in the 2016 election cycle alone. The financial industry employs only about six million people in total.
Shame on Enterprise.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]