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VOL. 133 | NO. 42 | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FedEx Responds to Criticism over NRA Ties

By Patrick Lantrip

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The day after FedEx Corp. released a statement saying that would continue to offer discounts to National Rifle Association members despite differing opinions on gun legislation, the Memphis-based company released a follow up statement addressing the backlash.

In the statement, FedEx acknowledged the “continuing concerns” relating to its relationship with the NRA.

“First, the pricing program that is the focus of these concerns is not for the NRA itself – it is for American small businesses and consumers that are members of the association,” FedEx said in the release. “For shipping from its online store, the NRA uses UPS and not FedEx.”

The company also denied any donation or sponsorship with the NRA, adding that the gun lobby is only is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants.

They also reiterated in the release its reasoning behind the decision.

“FedEx remains committed to all our customers and the pricing we provide them independent of their political affiliations and views.”

FedEX denied any donation or sponsorship with the NRA, adding that the gun lobby is only is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants.

(Daily News File)

This second statement in as many days on the matter came after many gun control advocates, including Parkland massacre survivor David Hogg who applied pressure on the shipping company via social media after FedEx’s original statement was released.

“No matter who you are or what organization are I'd be a huge help if you changed your shipping service over to @USPS or @DHLUS or @UPS in support of us. In fact tweet out at companies that use only use @FedEx and demand action! Let's get this done! #boycottfedex,” Hogg said Monday night.

In an earlier Tweet, Hogg also called on for shareholders to sell off FedEx stocks until the company officially severs ties with the NRA.

Hogg’s Twitter activity, which has grown exponentially in the wake of the Florida shooting, also garnered the attention of the New York Times, who published an op-ed column by David Leonhardt titled, “FedEx Hearts the N.R.A.”

On Monday, FedEx was the latest corporation that was forced to make a statement on their corporate partnership with the NRA since a growing national #BoycottNRA movement began to put pressure on entities that offer certain discounts to NRA members late last week.

Though FedEx won’t be severing ties with the NRA, it also said in the original release that it doesn’t agree with the gun lobby’s positions on firearm regulation.

“FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians,” it went on to say. “While we strongly support the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused.”

To date, more than a dozen companies, including Avis, Hertz, MetLife, Best Western, Wyndham, United Airlines and Delta Airlines, have publicly cut ties with the NRA amid increasing pressure on social media from gun control advocates.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 64 87 1,429
MORTGAGES 39 60 1,107
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 13 203
BUILDING PERMITS 92 209 3,265
BANKRUPTCIES 42 84 837
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 23 352
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0