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

FedEx to Keep Discount amid Calls for NRA Boycott

By Patrick Lantrip

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Despite a recent trend that has seen more than a dozen major corporate brands sever ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the latest school massacre in Parkland, Florida, local brand FedEx has announced that it will continue to offer discounts to NRA members.

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.

“The NRA is one of hundreds of organizations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping,” the company said in a release. “FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.”

Though FedEx won’t be severing ties with the NRA, it also said in the 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.”

As a result, FedEx said it supports restricting assault rifles to the military and that it believes “urgent action” is needed at the local, state, and Federal level to help protect school children from future mass shootings.

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

(Daily News File) 

However, more than a dozen companies have public cut ties with the NRA amid increasing pressure on social media from gun control advocates.

Last Thursday, the First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately held bank in the United States, was the first company to announce it would not renew its contract with the NRA citing customer feedback as the reason it was cutting ties.

Soon many other companies that offered membership benefits to the NRA followed suit, including rental car companies, Enterprise, Avis, and Hertz; insurance company MetLife, hotel brands Best Western and Wyndham, as well as United and Delta Airlines.

The latter of which received a sharp rebuke from Georgia Lt. Governor Cagle Monday night.

“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Cagle said on Twitter. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”

Cagle, who touts his A+ rating from the NRA, was referring to a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel, of which Delta would be the primary beneficiary that is currently making its rounds through the Georgia State Senate.

Since Atlanta was named one of the finalists for Amazon’s coveted $5 billion second headquarters, many critics begged the Seattle-based ecommerce giant to pay close attention to Cagle’s threats against one of the state’s largest employers.

In response to growing number of revoked corporate partnerships, the NRA released a statement Saturday that said the loss of discounts will “neither scare nor distract one single NRA member” from their mission.

In the statement, the NRA placed the blame of Parkland massacre, which left 17 people dead and 14 more injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 on, among other things, “America’s mental health system” and “the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.”

“Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice,” the statement read in part. “In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”

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